Charlene Harrington

Professor of Sociology and Nursing
University of California San Francisco


Charlene Harrington has been a professor of sociology and nursing at the University of California San Francisco since 1980. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine (now the Academies of Medicine). Her research has included designing and managing a model California long term care consumer information system website (2002-2016); studying state Medicaid home and community based service programs and policies (1994 to present); directing the National Center for Personal Assistance Services (2003-2013), and assisting with a new Community Living Policy Center funded (2013-2017). She has testified before the US Congress on long term care research and policy, written many articles and books on nursing homes and long term care, and lectured widely in the U.S. and internationally.