Arianne Teherani

Co-Founder/Co-Director, University of California Center for Climate Health & Equity

Arianne Teherani, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University of California, Center for Climate Health and Equity. Arianne also serves Director for Program Evaluation and Education Continuous Quality Improvement and Education Scientist in the Center for Faculty Educators at the UCSF School of Medicine. Arianne’s research has informed local and global conversations, research agendas and policies in educational equity and education for climate change and health. She studies the role of educational practices in perpetuating disparities and evaluates interventions aimed at creating equity during health professions education. She launched and co-leads the Equity and Justice in Education Initiative. Arianne’s research also focuses on education as a core solution to the climate change and health crisis. She examines practices and interventions that emphasize local and community-engaged education to learning, clinical practice, and sustainable thinking. work examines outcomes of successful endeavors to train health professionals and practicing clinicians to educate their students and patients about climate-health impacts, the role of health systems science education in prompting decarbonization, and the carbon footprint of ongoing, often unquestioned education practices. She was the co-led for Climate Change and Health course for medical and pharmacy students for many years. She developed and led the University of California-wide Climate and Health Education Faculty Development Initiative which trained faculty members in health science schools to integrate climate and health into their ongoing courses. She currently serves on the Global Climate Leadership Council Faculty Engagement tam and chairs the UC Sustainability and Diversity, Justice, and Equity Advisory Council. Arianne’s research has been featured in venues such as National Public Radio, KTVU, and the Huffington Post. She was the recipient of the UCSF Faculty Sustainability Award and the UC Sustainability Champion Award. Dr Teherani was named the University of California Faculty Climate Action Champion – an award given to one faculty member at each University of California campus in recognition of their contribution to the mission of sustainability and carbon neutrality.