Karra Bikson

Clinical Associate Professor
Contact Information
University Park
Department of Study 
Adults and Healthy Aging
Research Interest 
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
MSW, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
MA, San Francisco State University, 1997
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1986

KARRA BIKSON is a clinical associate professor in the Virtual Academic Center where she is co-chair of the Health concentration. Bikson’s career integrates social work education, practice and research, with an emphasis in health care and gerontology. She has taught in the areas of health policy, grief and bereavement, death and dying, gerontology, human behavior in the social environment, and social welfare policy and history. Bikson’s clinical work primarily has been in the area of palliative care, hospice and emergency department practice. Her research interests have multiple focuses, including innovation diffusion, organizational change, interdisciplinary team service technology, primarily employing case study and qualitative research methodologies. Bikson’s current research centers on palliative care as an innovative interdisciplinary team technology.

Awards and Distinction
Young Investigators Award, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2010)
Paper Award, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2010)
Scholarship Award, College of Palliative Care, AAHPM Annual Assembly (2007)
Toby Gold Fellowship, Department of Social Welfare, UCLA (1998-1999)
Graduate Dean’s Fellowship Award, Graduate Division, UCLA (1997-1998)
President, Chapter Beta Xi, Sigma Phi Omega, National Gerontological Honor Society (1996-1997)
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Selected Publications

Bikson, K. (Accepted for publication). Hospital-based interdisciplinary palliative care: Got social work? Submitted to Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

Bikson, K., Lorenz, K., & Benjamin, A.E. (revise/resubmit). Organizational challenges to implementing hospital-based palliative care: A comparative case study. Submitted to Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Bikson, K., McGuire, J., Blue-Howells, J., & Seldin-Sommer, L. (2009). Psychosocial problems in primary care: Patient and provider perceptions. Social Work in Health Care. 48, 8:736-749.

McGuire, J., Bikson, K., & Blue-Howells, J. (2005). How many social workers are needed in primary care? A patient-based needs assessment example. Health & Social Work. 30, 4:305-313.

Bikson, K., & Bikson, T.K. (2001). The impact of internet use over time on older adults: A field experiment, in Charness, N., Park, D. C. & Sabel, B. (Eds.) Communication, Technology and Aging. New York: Springer Publishing Company.