Task Force

Shana Charles, PhD, MPP

University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Charles is an Assistant Professor in CSUF’s Department of Health Sciences and previously was Director of Health Insurance Studies at UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. She is also involved in research that focuses on discontinuous health insurance, primarily among low-income children, and how it affects access to care, as well as underinsurance among individuals with health insurance coverage. 

Dr. Charles also specializes in the politics of health care reform both on the state level and nationally. Recently, she has worked on examining the differences between access to care for Medi-Cal enrollees and those with private insurance, evaluating the availability of employer-based coverage during and after the Great Recession, and developing a new conceptual framework of underinsurance. Dr. Charles is featured in various NPR and other podcast programs to discuss issues surrounding health care reform, including Air Talk, Which Way L.A.?, The Pat Morrison Show, and Money 101. Her work has also been featured on national media, including NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico.com

Dr. Charles received her PhD in Health Services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.