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Pamela L. Davidson, PhD, MSHS
Adjunct Professor

Location: Suite 500, Oppenheimer Tower, 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 794-4182
E-mail: pdavidson@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Dr. Davidson is Director of the UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute (PSI) and the Program Area Leader, UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Evaluation and Tracking Program. As a principal architect, she participated in developing both of these research institutes. Her research, teaching, and professional activities are interdisciplinary in health services policy and management, nursing, dentistry and medicine. Over the past two decades she has co-led several large scale multisite, multimethod research and evaluation studies. Currently she teaches N266: 'Healthcare Systems and Organizations' to graduate nursing students and advanced training programs to post-doctoral students in the health professions. Prior to that, she taught 'Health Services Evaluation: Theory, Methods, and Practice', and 'Management and Organizational Processes'.

Research Areas

Leadership and organizational development, and a "systems perspective" to investigate the effectiveness of policy and the performance of the healthcare delivery system and the health professions workforce.


N266 (W12)


University of North Carolina, BS, 1983, Biological Sciences
California State University Long Beach, MS, 1988, Health Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1996, Health Services

Honors and Awards

1988: Outstanding Thesis Award, California State University   
1995: Dissertation Award, Maxicare Research and Education Foundation
1996:  Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health
2003: Academic Key's Who's Who in Health Sciences Education
2008: Upsilon Phi Delta National Honorary Society in HS Mgmt

Select Publications

 Dreher, M., Disch, J., Sinoris, M., Davidson, P., Waino, JA. The Quality Paradox: Nursing and the Unintended Consequences of the Quality Movement. (Manuscript submitted, 2010).

Davidson, PL, Azziz, R, Morrison, J, Rocha, J, Braun, J. Leadership development in research organizations. J Health Administration Education, (Manuscript submitted May 2011).

Davidson, P., Motamedi, K., Raia, T. (Chapter 3), Using evaluation research to improve consulting practice." In Buono, AF (Editor), Emerging Trends and Issues in Management Consulting: Consulting as a Janus-Faced Reality, Research in Management Consulting (RMC) series, 2009, pp. 61-74.

Andersen RM, Davidson PL.  (Chapter 1), Improving access to care in America: Individual and contextual factors."  In Andersen RM, Rice TH, Kominski GF (Editors), Changing the American Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1996, 2001, 2007.

Davidson, PL, Nakazono, TT, Carreon, DC, Gutierrez, JJ, Shahedi, S, Andersen, RM. Reforming dental workforce education and practice in the USA. European J Dent Educ, 2011, 15: 73-79.

Disch, J., Dreher, M., Davidson, P., Sinioris, M., Wainio, J.A. The role of the chief nursing officer in ensuring patient safety and quality. The J of Nursing Administration, 2011, 41 (4): 179-185.

Davidson, P.L., Nakazono, T.T., Carreon, D.C., Bai, J., Afifi, A. Practice Plans of Dental School Graduating Seniors: Effects of the Pipeline Program. J Dent Educ 2009;73 (2 Suppl/Feb):S283-296.

Carreon DC, Davidson PL, Andersen RM. Evaluation framework for the dental pipeline program with literature review. J Dent Educ 2009;73 (2 Sup/Feb):S23-36.
Davidson, P.L., Nakazono, T.T., Afifi, A., Gutierrez, J.J. Methods for evaluating change in community-based dental education. J Dent Educ 2009;73 (2 Suppl/Feb):S37-51.

Andersen, R.M. and Davidson, P.L. (Editors). Evaluating the Dental Pipeline Program: Recruiting minorities and encouraging community-based dental education. Journal of Dental Education. J Dent Educ 2009; 73 (Suppl/Feb).

Davidson, PL, Carreon, DC, Baumeister, S, Nakazono, TT, Gutierrez, JA,  Afifi, AA, Andersen, RM. Influence of Contextual Environment and Community-Based Dental
Education On Practice Plans of Graduating Seniors. J Dent Educ, 2007, 71(3): 403-18.

Andersen R.M., Davidson, P.L., Atchison, K.A., Hewlett, E., Freed, J.R., Friedman, J.A., et al. Pipeline, profession, and practice program: evaluating change in dental education. J Dent Educ 2005;69(2):239-48.

Davidson P.L., Bastani, R.B., Nakazono, T.T., Carreon, D.C.  "The Role of Community Risk Factors and Resources on Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."  Cancer. 2005 Mar 1;103(5):922-30.

Brown ER, Davidson PL, Wyn R, Andersen RM, Razack N.  "Effects of Safety Net and Other Community Factors on Access to Care for Low-Income Adults in Large Urban Communities. Manuscript submitted to Inquiry, 2004, 41(1): 39-56.

Davidson PL, Andersen RM, Wyn R, Brown ER.  "A framework for evaluating effects of safety net and other community-level factors on access to health care.   Inquiry 2004, 41(1):21-38.

Calhoun, J.G., Davidson, P.L., Sinioris, M.E., Vincent, E.T., and Griffith, J.R.  "Towards an understanding of competency identification and assessment in health care management."  Invited paper, Quality Management in Health Care, Fall 2002.

Davidson, P.L., Calhoun, J.G., Sinioris, M.E., Griffith, J.R.  "A framework for evaluating and continuously improving the NCHL transformational leadership initiative."  Invited paper, Quality Management in Health Care, Fall 2002.*

Davidson, PL, Andersen, RM, Hilberman, DW, Nakazono, TT.  A Framework for Evaluating the Impact of Health Services Management Education.  Journal of Health Administration Education, 18:1 (Winter): 63-110.

Davidson PL (Guest Editor).  Transforming Health Services Management Education and Development: A Challenge for the New Millennium. Journal of Health Administration Education, 18:1 (Winter) and 18:2 (Spring) 2000.

Andersen RM and Davidson PL (Editors).  Ethnicity, Aging, and Oral Health Outcomes: Findings from ICS-II USA Research Locations. Advances in Dental Research, 1997, 11(2).

Davidson PL, Cunningham, WE, Nakazono, TT, Andersen, RM.  Evaluating the effect of usual source of dental care on access to dental services: Comparisons among diverse populations.  Medical Care Research and Review, March 1999, 56(1): 74-93.

Davidson PL, Andersen RM, Marcus M, Atchison KA, Reifel N, Nakazono TT, Rana H: Indicators of oral health in diverse ethnic and age groups: Findings from the ICS-II USA research locations, Journal of Medical Systems, 1996, 20(5):295-316.

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