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Aaron A. Tierney, PhD

Aaron  Tierney, PhD

Aaron Tierney, PhD, is a post-doctoral research fellow at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. His research interests include studying ways to improve quality, access, and utilization of health information technologies among disadvantaged populations, reduce physician burden (especially in relation to the electronic medical record), and implementation science.

He serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) subcommittee and is a former student editor for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association’s (JAMIA) editorial board.

His PhD is in Health Policy from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and he holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York.

While he is primarily a quantitative researcher with experience using causal inference and conjoint survey methodologies, he also has experience in mixed methods research and qualitative work. This includes qualitative research in a previous position at Stanford University Medical School and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System as well as mixed methods work on projects with Community Health Partnership (a coalition of community health centers in California’s Bay Area) and UCSF’s Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR).

Current Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Section Affiliations

Primary Research Interests

  • Improving quality, access, and utilization of health information technologies among disadvantaged populations
  • Reducing physician burden in relation to electronic medical records
  • Implementation science



Telehealth Use, Care Continuity, and Quality: Diabetes and Hypertension Care in Community Health Centers Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Authors: Tierney, Aaron A;Payán, Denise D;Brown, Timothy T;Aguilera, Adrian;Shortell, Stephen M;Rodriguez, Hector P

Med Care. 2023 Apr 01;61(Suppl 1):S62-S69. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001811. Epub 2023 Mar 9.

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Clinical Assessment of Residents: A Survey of Clinician Educators Regarding Resident Assessment Burden and Modifiable Factors.

Authors: Tierney, Aaron A;Rosner, Benjamin I

J Grad Med Educ. 2023 Feb;15(1):92-97. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-22-00188.1..

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Telemedicine implementation and use in community health centers during COVID-19: Clinic personnel and patient perspectives.

Authors: Payán, Denise D;Frehn, Jennifer L;Garcia, Lorena;Tierney, Aaron A;Rodriguez, Hector P

SSM Qual Res Health. 2022 Dec;2:100054. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmqr.2022.100054. Epub 2022 Feb 10.

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Examining the Relationship Between the Lean Management System and Quality Improvement Care Management Processes.

Authors: Tierney, Aaron A;Shortell, Stephen M;Rundall, Thomas G;Blodgett, Janet C;Reponen, Elina

Qual Manag Health Care. 2021 Aug 26 doi: 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000318..

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Can Patient-Provider Interpersonal Interventions Achieve the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare? A Systematic Review.

Authors: Haverfield, Marie C;Zulman, Donna M;et al.

J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jul;35(7):2107-2117. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05525-2. Epub 2020 Jan 9.

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Advancing Evidence Synthesis from Effectiveness to Implementation: Integration of Implementation Measures into Evidence Reviews.

Authors: A Tierney, Aaron;C Haverfield, Marie;P McGovern, Mark;M Zulman, Donna

J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr;35(4):1219-1226. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05586-3. Epub 2019 Dec 17.

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Practices to Foster Physician Presence and Connection With Patients in the Clinical Encounter.

Authors: Zulman, Donna M;Schwartz, Rachel;Verghese, Abraham;et al.

JAMA. 2020 Jan 07;323(1):70-81. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.19003..

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What is clinician presence? A qualitative interview study comparing physician and non-physician insights about practices of human connection.

Authors: Brown-Johnson, Cati;Schwartz, Rachel;Maitra, Amrapali;Haverfield, Marie C;Tierney, Aaron;Shaw, Jonathan G;Zionts, Dani L;Safaeinili, Nadia;Thadaney Israni, Sonoo;Verghese, Abraham;Zulman, Donna M

BMJ Open. 2019 Nov 03;9(11):e030831. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030831..

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High-Need Patients’ Goals and Goal Progress in a Veterans Affairs Intensive Outpatient Care Program.

Authors: Hsu, Kristie Y;Slightam, Cindie;Shaw, Jonathan G;Tierney, Aaron;Hummel, Debra L;Goldstein, Mary K;Chang, Evelyn T;Boothroyd, Derek;Zulman, Donna M

J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug;34(8):1564-1570. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05010-w. Epub 2019 May 28.

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Transdisciplinary Strategies for Physician Wellness: Qualitative Insights from Diverse Fields.

Authors: Schwartz, Rachel;Haverfield, Marie C;Brown-Johnson, Cati;Maitra, Amrapali;Tierney, Aaron;Bharadwaj, Shreyas;Shaw, Jonathan G;Azimpour, Farzad;Thadaney Israni, Sonoo;Verghese, Abraham;Zulman, Donna M

J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jul;34(7):1251-1257. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-04913-y. Epub 2019 Apr 29.

PubMed abstract

Assessing complex cognitive functioning requires multiple tasks.

Authors: Tierney, Aaron A;Hart, Carl L

Neuroimage. 2016 Jan 15;125:1095. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.06.045. Epub 2015 Jun 20.

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