Caroline Stephens, PhD, GNP, FAAN

Associate Professor
Campus Phone
Address Postal

2 Koret Way, Rm 531E
UCSF Box 0608
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

My program of research focuses on vulnerable populations at high risk for poor care transitions, particularly in the long term care setting. Using national CMS claims and resident assessment data, I recently completed a series of studies examining key factors associated with Emergency Department (ED) use by high risk nursing home residents, such as those with cognitive impairment, a history of falls and feeding tubes. While much of my work to date has involved large data set analyses, I am currently looking at innovative ways we can use emerging health technologies to promote greater interdisciplinary collaborative work processes across care settings and more actively engage nursing home residents, families, nursing home staff and EDs to reduce unnecessary acute care transfers and promote better care coordination.

Clinically, I am a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Geropsychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, and I have cared for frail older adults across the care continuum, including the provision of geropsychiatric consultations in over 100 nursing homes in 3 states. I still maintain a geropsychiatric faculty practice in the nursing home setting.

From a teaching perspective, I am passionate about, and locally and nationally involved in, figuring out innovative ways to infuse more gerontological and geropsychiatric content into the generalist APN curriculum and across disciplines.
Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) KL2 Scholar, UCSF, 2013-2018
National Veteran's Administration Quality Scholar (VAQS), San Francisco VA Medical Center, 2010-2012
John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow, UCSF, 2010-2012
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society Research Award, Alpha Eta Chapter - UCSF, 2010
9th Annual UCSF Outstanding Health Policy Paper Award, UCSF, 2008
John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar, UCSF, 2007-2009
Cota Robles Fellow, UCSF, 2006-2007
University of Pennsylvania Dean's Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
University of Pennsylvania Nightingale Award, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honors Society, Xi & Alpha Eta Chapters, 1999
BS, Biological Psychology with Minor in Human Development & Aging, 1995 - College of Letters & Sciences, University of California, Davis
Emergency Service, Hospital
Nursing Homes
Homes For The Aged
Geriatric Nursing
Hospitals, Rural