PA) - Frances K. Barg, PhD, has been named Assistant
Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community
Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine. She has a secondary appointment in the Department
of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania School
of Arts and Sciences and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor
in Oncology at Penn's School of Nursing.
Dr. Barg earned her BA in Public and International Affairs
from George Washington University, and her M.Ed in Rehabilitation
Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She went
on to receive her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the
University of Pennsylvania in 2000.
Dr. Barg's research focuses on understanding health
disparities and adding a sociocultural context to oncology,
primary care and psychiatry research. She is presently
a researcher in many areas in Penn's School of Medicine,
including co-investigator for the Advanced Center for
Intervention Services Research; co-principal investigator
for research on "Sociocultural Context of Depression"
and "Tailoring an Intervention for African-American
Caregivers"; and co-investigator for research on
"Patient Factors in the Treatment of Depression".
She is a member of the American Anthropological Association-Society
for Medical Anthropology, Society of Psychological Anthropology
and Urban Anthropology divisions; and President of the
Southeastern Pennsylvania region of the American Cancer
Society. She is also an editorial reviewer for the Journal
of Arid Environments, the Journal of Ethnobiology
and the Journal of Women's Health and Gender Based
Medicine. Dr. Barg has been invited to lecture on
several occasions, most recently, at the Eighth Biennial
Symposium on Minorities, Medically Underserved and Cancer.
Her research has been published in Cancer Nursing,
the Journal of Community Practice and the Journal
of Cancer Education, among others.
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