Judith Barker, PhD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentAnthro, History, Social Med
Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
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    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.1985 Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology)

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    I conduct a variety of studies, primarily qualitative in approach, examining the experience and meaning of health and illness to various communities or patient groups. Understanding how non-health professionals conceptualize, recognize and respond to risks to health or well-being and act (or not act) to prevent or minimize risks has been an interest threaded throughout many of my projects which are focused on understanding health disparities and vulnerable populations. A particular focus has been on chronic illnesses, including those affecting children’s oral health and multiple chronic illnesses that affect older adults. All of my research is community-based and much has been interdisciplinary or translational in intent. I have been involved in team research with wide range of faculty and researchers from all four clinical schools on the UCSF campus, the school of Public Health at UC Berkeley, as well as private research institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Contra Caries: Preventing ECC Using a Promotora Model for Rural Latino Families
    NIH/NIDCR R21DE019210Aug 1, 2009 - Jul 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health
    NIH/NIDCR U54DE019285Sep 24, 2008 - May 31, 2015
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R03AG018042Jul 1, 2000 - Jun 30, 2002
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R01AG015778Sep 1, 1999 - Feb 29, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NINR R01NR004278Sep 30, 1995 - Aug 31, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Heaton B, Gebel C, Crawford A, Barker JC, Henshaw M, Garcia RI, Riedy C, Wimsatt MA. Using Storytelling to Address Oral Health Knowledge in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 May 24; 15:E63. PMID: 29806581.
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    2. Singelis TM, Garcia RI, Barker JC, Davis RE. An Experimental Test of the Two-Dimensional Theory of Cultural Sensitivity in Health Communication. J Health Commun. 2018 Mar 06; 1-8. PMID: 29509068.
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    3. Chang CP, Barker JC, Hoeft KS, Guerra C, Chung LH, Burke NJ. Importance of Content and Format of Oral Health Instruction to Low-income Mexican Immigrant Parents: A Qualitative Study. Pediatr Dent. 2018 Jan 01; 40(1):30-36. PMID: 29482680.
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    4. Beck AL, Hoeft KS, Takayama JI, Barker JC. Beliefs and practices regarding solid food introduction among Latino parents in Northern California. Appetite. 2018 Jan 01; 120:381-387. PMID: 28951238.
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    5. Albino J, Tiwari T, Gansky SA, Henshaw MM, Barker JC, Brega AG, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Batliner TS, Borrelli B, Geltman P, Kressin NR, Weintraub JA, Finlayson TL, Garcia RI. The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries. BMC Oral Health. 2017 May 19; 17(1):83. PMID: 28526003.
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    6. Heaton B, Crawford A, Garcia RI, Henshaw M, Riedy CA, Barker JC, Wimsatt MA. Oral health beliefs, knowledge, and behaviors in Northern California American Indian and Alaska Native mothers regarding early childhood caries. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Sep; 77(4):350-359. PMID: 28449292.
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    7. Nguyen UN, Rowe DJ, Barker JC. Survey of Knowledge, Beliefs, and Behaviors of Migrant Vietnamese Parents Regarding Young Children's Oral Health. J Dent Hyg. 2017 Apr; 91(2):45-53. PMID: 29118256.
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    8. Chitewere T, Shim JK, Barker JC, Yen IH. How Neighborhoods Influence Health: Lessons to be learned from the application of political ecology. Health Place. 2017 May; 45:117-123. PMID: 28342425.
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    9. Barker JC, Guerra C, Gonzalez-Vargas MJ, Hoeft KS. An ethnographic study of salt use and humoral concepts in a Latino farm worker community in California's Central Valley. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2017 Feb 08; 13(1):11. PMID: 28178991.
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    10. Garcia RI, Tiwari T, Ramos-Gomez F, Heaton B, Orozco M, Rasmussen M, Braun P, Henshaw M, Borrelli B, Albino J, Diamond C, Gebel C, Batliner TS, Barker JC, Gregorich S, Gansky SA. Retention strategies for health disparities preventive trials: findings from the Early Childhood Caries Collaborating Centers. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Dec; 77(1):63-77. PMID: 27759164.
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    11. Probst JC, Barker JC, Enders A, Gardiner P. Current State of Child Health in Rural America: How Context Shapes Children's Health. J Rural Health. 2018 Feb; 34 Suppl 1:s3-s12. PMID: 27677973.
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    12. Barker JC, Guerra C, Gonzalez-Vargas MJ, Hoeft KS. Acceptability of Salt Fluoridation in a Rural Latino Community in the United States: An Ethnographic Study. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0158540. PMID: 27391112; PMCID: PMC4938551.
    13. Pham K, Barker JC, Lazar AA, Walsh M. Oral Health Care of Vietnamese Adolescents: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Practices. J Dent Hyg. 2015 Dec; 89(6):397-404. PMID: 26684998.
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    14. Hoeft KS, Rios SM, Pantoja Guzman E, Barker JC. Using community participation to assess acceptability of "Contra Caries", a theory-based, promotora-led oral health education program for rural Latino parents: a mixed methods study. BMC Oral Health. 2015 Sep 03; 15:103. PMID: 26335081; PMCID: PMC4558913.
    15. Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Unutzer J, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Johnson MD, Tran C, Guarnaccia P, Hinton L. Idioms of Distress Among Depressed White-Non-Mexican and Mexican-Origin Older Men. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2015 Sep; 30(3):305-18. PMID: 26208782.
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    16. Amanzadeh B, Sokal-Gutierrez K, Barker JC. An interpretive study of food, snack and beverage advertisements in rural and urban El Salvador. BMC Public Health. 2015 May 30; 15:521. PMID: 26024917; PMCID: PMC4449567.
    17. Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Unutzer J, Hinton L. Depression Attributes Among White Non-Hispanic and Mexican-Origin Older Men. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Sep; 23(9):960-9. PMID: 25577303.
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    18. Hoeft KS, Guerra C, Gonzalez-Vargas MJ, Barker JC. Rural Latino caregivers' beliefs and behaviors around their children's salt consumption. Appetite. 2015 Apr; 87:1-9. PMID: 25481770; PMCID: PMC4347893.
    19. Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Hinton L. Shards of sorrow: Older men's accounts of their depression experience. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Jan; 124:1-8. PMID: 25461856; PMCID: PMC5017240.
    20. Hinton L, Apesoa-Varano EC, Unützer J, Dwight-Johnson M, Park M, Barker JC. A descriptive qualitative study of the roles of family members in older men's depression treatment from the perspectives of older men and primary care providers. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 May; 30(5):514-22. PMID: 25131709; PMCID: PMC4324406.
    21. Beck AL, Takayama JI, Halpern-Felsher B, Badiner N, Barker JC. Understanding how Latino parents choose beverages to serve to infants and toddlers. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Aug; 18(6):1308-15. PMID: 24077961.
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    22. Younge SN, Boyer CB, Geter A, Barker JC, Corneille M. An Exploration of the Sexual Behaviors of Emerging Adult Men Attending a Historically Black College/University. J Black Sex Relatsh. 2014; 1(1):65-96. PMID: 26146649.
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    23. Masterson EE, Barker JC, Hoeft KS, Hyde S. Shades of Decay: The Meanings of Tooth Discoloration and Deterioration to Mexican Immigrant Caregivers of Young Children. Hum Organ. 2014; 73(1):82-93. PMID: 26279585.
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    24. DeMoss M, Bonney L, Grant J, Klein R, del Rio C, Barker JC. Perspectives of middle-aged African-American women in the Deep South on antiretroviral therapy adherence. AIDS Care. 2014; 26(5):532-7. PMID: 24099510; PMCID: PMC3945157.
    25. Salazar G, Barker JC, Heyman MB. Medical students' conceptualizations of quality of life associated with children with IBD. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Oct; 57(4):493-9. PMID: 23752075; PMCID: PMC3788836.
    26. Adams SH, Rowe CR, Gansky SA, Cheng NF, Barker JC, Hyde S. Caregiver acceptability and preferences for preventive dental treatments for young African-American children. J Public Health Dent. 2012; 72(3):252-60. PMID: 22506551; PMCID: PMC3786744.
    27. Hinton L, Apesoa-Varano EC, González HM, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Dwight-Johnson M, Barker JC, Tran C, Zuniga R, Unützer J. Falling through the cracks: gaps in depression treatment among older Mexican-origin and white men. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1283-90. PMID: 22383214; PMCID: PMC3560929.
    28. Yen IH, Shim JK, Martinez AD, Barker JC. Older people and social connectedness: how place and activities keep people engaged. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:139523. PMID: 22272374; PMCID: PMC3261464.
    29. Hoeft KS, Barker JC, Masterson EE. Maternal beliefs and motivations for first dental visit by low-income Mexican American children in California. Pediatr Dent. 2011 Sep-Oct; 33(5):392-8. PMID: 22104706; PMCID: PMC3536823.
    30. Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Hinton L. Curing and caring: the work of primary care physicians with dementia patients. Qual Health Res. 2011 Nov; 21(11):1469-83. PMID: 21685311; PMCID: PMC3581606.
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    32. Swan MA, Barker JC, Hoeft KS. Rural Latino farmworker fathers' understanding of children's oral health. Pediatr Dent. 2010 Sep-Oct; 32(5):400-6. PMID: 21070706; PMCID: PMC3526820.
    33. Apesoa-Varano EC, Hinton L, Barker JC, Unützer J. Clinician approaches and strategies for engaging older men in depression care. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Jul; 18(7):586-95. PMID: 20220598; PMCID: PMC2981127.
    34. Franz CE, Barker JC, Kim K, Flores Y, Jenkins C, Kravitz RL, Hinton L. When help becomes a hindrance: mental health referral systems as barriers to care for primary care physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's disease. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Jul; 18(7):576-85. PMID: 20593538; PMCID: PMC2955197.
    35. Horton S, Barker JC. Stigmatized biologies: Examining the cumulative effects of oral health disparities for Mexican American farmworker children. Med Anthropol Q. 2010 Jun; 24(2):199-219. PMID: 20550093; PMCID: PMC3523191.
    36. Hoeft KS, Barker JC, Masterson EE. Urban Mexican-American mothers' beliefs about caries etiology in children. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Jun; 38(3):244-55. PMID: 20156233; PMCID: PMC3600053.
    37. Scherzer T, Barker JC, Pollick H, Weintraub JA. Water consumption beliefs and practices in a rural Latino community: implications for fluoridation. J Public Health Dent. 2010; 70(4):337-43. PMID: 20735717; PMCID: PMC3536824.
    38. Flores YG, Hinton L, Barker JC, Franz CE, Velasquez A. Beyond familism: a case study of the ethics of care of a Latina caregiver of an elderly parent with dementia. Health Care Women Int. 2009 Dec; 30(12):1055-72. PMID: 19894151; PMCID: PMC2955855.
    39. Horton S, Barker JC. "Stains" on their self-discipline: Public health, hygiene, and the disciplining of undocumented immigrant parents in the nation's internal borderlands. Am Ethnol. 2009 Nov 01; 36(4):784-798. PMID: 20161433.
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    40. Pasick RJ, Barker JC, Otero-Sabogal R, Burke NJ, Joseph G, Guerra C. Intention, subjective norms, and cancer screening in the context of relational culture. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):91S-110S. PMID: 19805793; PMCID: PMC2921835.
    41. Burke NJ, Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Barker JC. Theorizing social context: rethinking behavioral theory. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):55S-70S. PMID: 19805791; PMCID: PMC3548316.
    42. Burke NJ, Bird JA, Clark MA, Rakowski W, Guerra C, Barker JC, Pasick RJ. Social and cultural meanings of self-efficacy. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):111S-28S. PMID: 19805794; PMCID: PMC2921833.
    43. Pasick RJ, Burke NJ, Barker JC, Joseph G, Bird JA, Otero-Sabogal R, Tuason N, Stewart SL, Rakowski W, Clark MA, Washington PK, Guerra C. Behavioral theory in a diverse society: like a compass on Mars. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):11S-35S. PMID: 19805789; PMCID: PMC2921832.
    44. Joseph G, Burke NJ, Tuason N, Barker JC, Pasick RJ. Perceived susceptibility to illness and perceived benefits of preventive care: an exploration of behavioral theory constructs in a transcultural context. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):71S-90S. PMID: 19805792; PMCID: PMC2941192.
    45. Hoeft KS, Masterson EE, Barker JC. Mexican American mothers' initiation and understanding of home oral hygiene for young children. Pediatr Dent. 2009 Sep-Oct; 31(5):395-404. PMID: 19947134; PMCID: PMC3523181.
    46. Catania JA, Lo B, Wolf LE, Dolcini MM, Pollack LM, Barker JC, Wertlieb S, Henne J. Survey of u.s. Human research protection organizations: workload and membership. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2008 Dec; 3(4):57-69. PMID: 19122821.
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    47. Catania JA, Lo B, Wolf LE, Dolcini MM, Pollack LM, Barker JC, Wertlieb S, Henne J. Survey of U.S. Boards that Review Mental Health-related Research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2008 Dec; 3(4):71-9. PMID: 19122822.
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    48. Wu S, Barker JC. Hot tea and juk: the institutional meaning of food for Chinese elders in an American nursing home. J Gerontol Nurs. 2008 Nov; 34(11):46-54. PMID: 19024429.
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    49. Barker JC. Four-part harmony: new songs in the nursing home. J Gerontol Nurs. 2008 Nov; 34(11):55-6. PMID: 19024430.
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    50. Butani Y, Weintraub JA, Barker JC. Oral health-related cultural beliefs for four racial/ethnic groups: Assessment of the literature. BMC Oral Health. 2008 Sep 15; 8:26. PMID: 18793438; PMCID: PMC2566974.
    51. Liu D, Hinton L, Tran C, Hinton D, Barker JC. Reexamining the relationships among dementia, stigma, and aging in immigrant Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2008 Sep; 23(3):283-99. PMID: 18665444; PMCID: PMC2958058.
    52. Kim SY, Barker JC, Anderson IB, Dyer JE, Earnest G, Blanc PD. Systematic assessment of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) effects during and after acute intoxication. Am J Addict. 2008 Jul-Aug; 17(4):312-8. PMID: 18612887; PMCID: PMC2759403.
    53. Barker JC, Horton SB. An ethnographic study of Latino preschool children's oral health in rural California: Intersections among family, community, provider and regulatory sectors. BMC Oral Health. 2008 Mar 31; 8:8. PMID: 18377660; PMCID: PMC2362117.
    54. Fisher-Owens SA, Barker JC, Adams S, Chung LH, Gansky SA, Hyde S, Weintraub JA. Giving policy some teeth: routes to reducing disparities in oral health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):404-12. PMID: 18332496.
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    55. Horton S, Barker JC. Rural Latino immigrant caregivers' conceptions of their children's oral disease. J Public Health Dent. 2008; 68(1):22-9. PMID: 18248338; PMCID: PMC3523184.
    56. Barker JC, Karsoho H. Hazardous use of gamma hydroxybutyrate: driving under the influence. Subst Use Misuse. 2008; 43(11):1507-20. PMID: 18752156.
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    57. Hilton IV, Stephen S, Barker JC, Weintraub JA. Cultural factors and children's oral health care: a qualitative study of carers of young children. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007 Dec; 35(6):429-38. PMID: 18039284.
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    58. Hinton L, Franz CE, Reddy G, Flores Y, Kravitz RL, Barker JC. Practice constraints, behavioral problems, and dementia care: primary care physicians' perspectives. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Nov; 22(11):1487-92. PMID: 17823840; PMCID: PMC2219799.
    59. Franz CE, Barker JC, Kravitz RL, Flores Y, Krishnan S, Hinton L. Nonmedical influences on the use of cholinesterase inhibitors in dementia care. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2007 Jul-Sep; 21(3):241-8. PMID: 17804957.
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    60. Barker JC, Harris SL, Dyer JE. Experiences of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) ingestion: a focus group study. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2007 Jun; 39(2):115-29. PMID: 17703706; PMCID: PMC2257870.
    61. Dyer JE, Anderson I, Kim S, Blanc P, Barker J. Designing a gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) structured telephone-administered survey instrument. J Med Toxicol. 2007 Mar; 3(1):7-14. PMID: 18072152; PMCID: PMC3550122.
    62. Kim SY, Anderson IB, Dyer JE, Barker JC, Blanc PD. High-risk behaviors and hospitalizations among gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) users. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(3):429-38. PMID: 17613970; PMCID: PMC2257866.
    63. Barker JC. Neighbors, friends, and other nonkin caregivers of community-living dependent elders. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2002 May; 57(3):S158-67. PMID: 11983742.
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    64. Cummings GL, Battle R, Barker J, Krasnovsky F. HIV risk among low-income African American mothers of elementary school children. J Health Soc Policy. 1997; 8(3):27-39. PMID: 10166785.
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    65. Wolfsen CR, Barker JC, Mitteness LS. Constipation in the daily lives of frail elderly people. Arch Fam Med. 1993 Aug; 2(8):853-8. PMID: 8111515.
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    66. Barker JC. On the road to health? Road traffic accidents in Pacific societies: The case of Niue Island, western Polynesia. Am J Hum Biol. 1993; 5(1):61-73. PMID: 28524425.
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    67. Wolfsen CR, Barker JC, Mitteness LS. Personalization of formal social relationships by the elderly. Res Aging. 1990 Mar; 12(1):94-112. PMID: 2315556.
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    68. Barker JC, Mitteness LS. Shedding light on nocturia. Geriatr Nurs. 1989 Sep-Oct; 10(5):239-40. PMID: 2583578.
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    69. Barker JC. Admission of geriatric patients to hospital on Niue Island 1977-1982. N Z Med J. 1988 Oct 12; 101(855):638-40. PMID: 3173875.
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    70. Barker JC, Mitteness LS, Wood SJ. Gate-keeping: residential managers and elderly tenants. Gerontologist. 1988 Oct; 28(5):610-9. PMID: 3229643.
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    71. Barker JC, Mitteness LS. Nocturia in the elderly. Gerontologist. 1988 Feb; 28(1):99-104. PMID: 3342998.
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