Alice Pressman, PhD, MS



Health Systems Science

Dr. Alice Pressman has over 30 years of research experience, many of those with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Northern California. Throughout her career, Dr. Pressman has served as a research scientist and biostatistician for numerous clinical and epidemiologic research studies in diverse settings, including academia, community-based research institutes, and non-profit healthcare systems. She is an epidemiologist and biostatistician by training, specializing in evaluation methodology, clinical trials methods, health equity and disparities, health systems evaluation, and clinical research on chronic pain and integrative therapies. Her work has been funded by NIH, PCORI, and several foundations and industry organizations.

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Education and Training

BA, Oberlin College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Positions

Biostatistics Consultant, Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of California, San Francisco
Programmer Analyst, Staff Scientist
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research (DOR)
Investigator, Sr. Investigator, Director of Analytics & Evaluation
Sutter Health Research, Development, and Dissemination (RDD)
Executive Director
Sutter Health RDD, Center for Health Systems Research
Research Director
Sutter Health Institute for Advancing Health Equity
Vice President, Real World Evidence
Precision Value Health
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco
Senior Scientist
California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Research and Evaluation Consultant, Transgender Care Program
Rose International
Senior Advisor for Student Mentorship, Office of Research and Scholarship
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Member of the Faculty, Department of Health Systems Science
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Senior Research Scientist, Transgender Care Program
Rose International on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

Scholarly Activities

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Avins AL, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Goldberg H, Pressman AR. Should we reconsider the routine use of placebo controls in clinical research? Trials. 2012 Apr 27;13:44.     
  • Pressman AR, Jacobson A, Eguilos R, Gelfand A, Huynh C, Hamilton L, Avins A, Bakshi N, Merikangas K. Prevalence of migraine in a diverse community – electronic methods for migraine ascertainment in Kaiser Permanente, a large integrated health plan. Cephalalgia. 2016 Apr;36(4):325-34.
  • Pressman AR, Lockhart S, Petersen J, Robinson S, Moreno M, Azar KMJ; Measuring Health Equity for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in a Large Integrated Healthcare System: the development of an index. Health Equity 2019 Apr 3;3(1):92-98. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0092.
  • Azar KMJ, Shen Z, Romanelli R, Lockhart S, Smits K, Robinson S, Brown S, Pressman AR. Disparities In Outcomes Among COVID-19 Patients In A Large Health Care System In California. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Jul;39(7):1253-1262. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00598.
  • Romanelli R, Azar KMJ, Sudat S, Hung D, Frosch D, Pressman AR. The Learning Healthcare System in Crisis: Lessons from the Novel Coronavirus Disease Pandemic. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes. 2020 Oct 29. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2020.10.004.
  • Pressman AR, Lockhart S, Shen Z, Azar KMJ. Measuring and Promoting SARS-Cov2 Vaccine Equity: Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Index (CVEI). Health Equity Jul 2021.476-483.
  • Azar KMJ, Lockhart S, Shen Z, Romanelli R, Brown S, Smits K, Pressman AR. Persistence of Disparities Among Racially/Ethnically Marginalized Groups in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Regardless of Statewide Shelter-in-Place Policies: An Analysis From Northern California. Am J of Epi 2021 PMID: 34215866 DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwab191.
  • Pressman AR, Lockhart S, Wilcox J, Smits K, Etzell J, Albeiroti S, DeRee M, Flaherty C, Genolaga S, Goodreau M, Refai F, Restall A, Lanner-Cusin K, Azar KMJ. COVID-19 in Pregnancy by Race and Ethnicity: Implications for Development of a Vaccination Strategy. Women’s Health (Lond). 2021 Jan-Dec; 17:17455065211063300. doi: 10.1177/17455065211063300. PMID: 34892993; PMCID: PMC8669880.
  • Azar KMJ, Pletcher M, Greene S, Pressman AR. Learning health system, positive deviance analysis, and electronic health records: Synergy for a learning health system. Learn Health Sys. 2023; 7(3): e10348. doi:10.1002/lrh2.10348.
  • Firtch G, Prata M, Pressman AR. Gender Expression Care: The Next Horizon in Transgender Health. NEJM Catalyst May 9, 2023; DOI: 10.1056/CAT.23.0036.