Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia is Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA and a Research Health Scientist with the HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She is also Adjunct Research Staff at RAND Corporation. She currently teaches the Politics of Health Policy (HS 287) course for students in the Health Policy and Management Program.
Dr. Ahluwalia’s research examines barriers and facilitators to palliative care for patients with serious progressive illness, with the goal of improving integration of palliative services into routine care. Her most recent work has centered on identifying opportunities for improving patient-provider communication regarding advance care planning in heart failure. Dr. Ahluwalia has additional expertise in implementation science, and as a National Palliative Care Research Center Career Development Awardee, she is studying the implementation and evaluation of an intervention to improve routine conduct of family meetings in the ICU. Dr. Ahluwalia’s primary policy interests are in understanding the role of interest groups and framing effects on health policy implementation and adoption.