UCSF–UCB Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars

Program Staff


Michael A. Da Luz
UCSF Program Coordinator

Michael joined the UCSF-UCB RWJF HSS team in 2010. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.  His work experience includes Financial and Administrative support with the MacArthur Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health at the UCSF Health Psychology Department. Michael is happy to be involved with such a successful program and is excited to be working with the scholars and faculty.


Cristina Bently
UCB Program Coordinator

Cristina joined the UCB-UCSF RWJF Program in September 2013 and provides administrative support for both the Health Policy Research and Health & Society Scholar programs. Cristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a minor in Business from the University of Maryland-University College and holds numerous years of experience in administrative and coordination roles. Prior to joining RWJF, some of her clerical roles have been with: the Development & Relations office for the UCSF Department of Surgery, CONRAD (Non-profit research Organization for the Eastern Virginia Medical School), and various positions held while working as a civilian on a military base in Mannheim, Germany and in her home-town of Pisa, Italy.

Dina Dudum Freij, MPA
Program Manager

Dina Dudum Freij joined the UCSF-UCB Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars team in 2002, during the first cohort selection process. Dina graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Health Science degree. Her work experience includes tobacco cessation research at UCSF and health education at the American Cancer Society. Dinaís favorite aspect of the program is interacting with the scholars and various collaborators in the field.

Jennifer Taggart
Grants Analyst

Jennifer Taggart joined the UCSF-UCB Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars team in 2003, during the first year of the program. Jenniferís work experience includes grants administration for the School of Dentistry Department of Growth and Development and as an analyst for the Research Administration Program, a program that trains analysts in grants administration at UCSF. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is happy to be involved with a program that focuses on alternative approaches to population health.

Contact Us

UCSF-UCB Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health & Society Scholars Program
3333 California Street, Suite 465
Campus Box 0844
San Francisco, CA 94143-0844
Phone: 415-476-7408
Fax: 415-502-1010
E-mail: hss@chc.ucsf.edu