Faculty and Staff
Dr. Frances Barg, Lab Co-Director
Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd, is a medical anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, a senior fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. She is a collaborator for mixed methods and qualitative research with interdisciplinary research teams across six schools at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the co-director for the Mixed Methods Research Lab in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and was the Director of the Qualitative Research Unit for the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at Penn. In this role, she led a cadre of investigators who incorporated qualitative and mixed methods into their work on adherence to treatment and understanding patient treatment choices for anti-depressants vs. psychotherapy. She has used qualitative methods to identify patient perceptions about emergency contraception, ADHD treatment, Parkinson’s Disease and depression, weight gain among African-American women with breast cancer, the role of self-reliance for the management of depression among older African-American and white adults, and the relationship between loneliness and depression among older African-American and white adults. In 2004, Dr. Barg served as the co-director for an NCI sponsored workshop on mixed methods research in Denver, Colorado. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and is a frequent reviewer for journals that publish qualitative health research. Dr. Barg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in theory and methods in medical anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, the Health and Societies program and the Program in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the course director for a yearly Winter Institute on Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at Penn.
Dr. Peter Cronholm, Lab Co-Director
Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He has completed a Faculty Development Fellowship and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cronholm's time is divided between clinical, teaching, research and advocacy interests. Dr. Cronholm has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and study design. His research interests have focused on health services regarding: 1) the primary care management of intimate partner violence perpetration; 2) assessing psychosocial needs of families and patients with cancer; 3) screening for adolescent depression in the acute care setting; 4) pre-teen violence prevention initiatives; 5) assessing Philadelphia-area fathering providers’ practices regarding intimate partner violence; and 6) assessing the risk of neighborhood variables on firearm injury and health. Dr. Cronholm has a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, a Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, a Senior Scholar at the Leonard Davis Institute for Healthcare Economics, an Associate of the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn, an Associate of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, and an Affiliate of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner-Unity Program in Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Cronholm is actively involved in community programs addressing family violence, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, a Clinical Consultant, and former Director of the Men's Council on Family Violence for the Institute for Safe Families (ISF) in addition to being a member of ISF's Clinical Network on Family Violence. Dr. Cronholm also serves on the Board of Directors for Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) and the Men’s Resource Center (MRC). Dr. Cronholm also has served as a Clinical Consultant and member of the Policy Committee for the Women's Death Review team: A project of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Women in Transition, and the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation.
Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio, Lab Faculty
Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD,is a social epidemiologist whose current work centers on the causes and consequences of health disparities. She is interested in the health toll of society's failure to meet universal human needs for adequate food, shelter, and health care as well as safety.
In her work as a teacher and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Cannuscio has two main goals. One is to identify strategies for improving population health by employing novel and varied methods, beyond the traditional arsenal of quantitative methods employed by epidemiologists. The second is to build strength in the field of population health by engaging citizens, including students, in the research process. The Health of Philadelphia Photo-documentation Project accomplished both aims, by developing new insights regarding constraints on the health of urban residents, and by drawing from tremendous input and energy from collaborating students and community members. The project was conceived during Dr. Cannuscio's participation in the Santa Fe Science Writers Workshop and was initiated during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar.
Dr. Cannuscio earned her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary Health and Society program at Brown University and her Master and Doctor of Science degrees at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has worked in a range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including an adolescent substance abuse prevention program (Human Understanding and Growth Seminars), a nationwide child and elder care improvement initiative (through WFD Consulting), and corporate epidemiological research (at Merck Research Laboratories). She is indebted to her mentors who have helped her develop as a scholar and teacher, including Ichiro Kawachi, Eric Rimm, Lisa Berkman, Sally Zierler, Ann Dill, David Lewis, Harry Guess, Maurice Hilleman, and Abby Shapiro.
Shimrit Keddem, Lab Manager
Shimrit Keddem, MS, is the manager of the Mixed Methods Research Lab providing managerial and technical support and expertise. She directs staff in data collection; consults with principal investigators on study methods; trains faculty, staff and trainees in qualitative analysis software; and oversees coding and analysis. Ms. Keddem has been managing and implementing healthcare and social science research in several academic settings and large hospitals for the past decade. Recently she managed the University of Pennsylvania Center for Excellence for the Integration of New Genetic Technologies. She has participated in research on various health and social issues including access to prenatal care, cancer services, Alzheimer’s disease, and injury prevention. She comes from an interdisciplinary background and has expertise in qualitative data analysis and spatial data analysis. Ms. Keddem received a BA in Psychology from McGill University and a Masters in Urban Spatial Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa M. Jacobs, Lab Senior Research Coordinator
Lisa Jacobs, MSW, is a Senior Research Coordinator for the Mixed Methods Research Lab (MMRL). In her role, Ms. Jacobs coordinates data collection and analysis for a range of studies. Prior to joining the MMRL, Ms. Jacobs worked in public health policy and practice in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Ms. Jacobs received her BA from Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges Consortium and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Several of Ms. Jacobs’ primary areas of interest include structural interventions for HIV prevention and management, urban design and human health, and community-based participatory research methods.
Katie Kellom, Lab Senior Research Coordinator
Katie Kellom is a Senior Research Coordinator for the Mixed Methods Research Lab and organizes and participates in data collection, coding and analysis. In 2009, Ms. Kellom received a BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Her areas of interest are Behavior Analysis and Political Psychology. Ms. Kellom has a special interest in community structures and their influence on cultural values, impacting the overall health of neighborhoods.
Breah Paciotti, Lab Senior Research Coordinator
Breah Paciotti, MPH, received a BS from Ursinus College where she majored in Biology and Spanish. Ms. Paciotti also received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. As a Senior Research Coordinator for the Mixed Methods Research Lab, Ms. Paciotti organizes and participates in data collection, coding and analysis. She has researched violence against women in Guatemala and has special interest in the multi-faceted challenges to health care access, global health issues, and health disparities.