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March 17, 2003

Frances K. Barg, PhD, Named Assistant Professor of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, 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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