Nancy Adler, PhD
Director, Center for Health and Community, UCSF

Nancy Adler is Director of the Center for Health and Community (CHC) at UCSF, where she fosters interdisciplinary research, bridging social, clinical and basic sciences. Her research focuses on reproductive health, and socioeconomic status and health. More specifically, her group studies: the extent to which perceptions of the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy influence adolescent sexual behavior; the psychosocial, social and medical aspects of infertility treatment; and the mechanisms by which socioeconomic status influences health. Nancy is also co-director of the Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) whose mission is to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity, to seek and advance knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity, and to develop effective interventions.