Judith Barker, PhD

Professor
Anthro, History, Social Med
+1 415 476-7241

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.

Publications: 

The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries.

BMC oral health

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

An ethnographic study of salt use and humoral concepts in a Latino farm worker community in California's Central Valley.

Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine

Barker JC, Guerra C, Gonzalez-Vargas MJ, Hoeft KS

Retention strategies for health disparities preventive trials: findings from the Early Childhood Caries Collaborating Centers.

Journal of public health dentistry

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

Current State of Child Health in Rural America: How Context Shapes Children's Health.

The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association

Probst JC, Barker JC, Enders A, Gardiner P

Oral Health Care of Vietnamese Adolescents: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Practices.

Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association

Pham K, Barker JC, Lazar AA, Walsh M

Idioms of Distress Among Depressed White-Non-Mexican and Mexican-Origin Older Men.

Journal of cross-cultural gerontology

Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Unutzer J, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Johnson MD, Tran C, Guarnaccia P, Hinton L

Depression Attributes Among White Non-Hispanic and Mexican-Origin Older Men.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Unutzer J, Hinton L

Rural Latino caregivers' beliefs and behaviors around their children's salt consumption.

Appetite

Hoeft KS, Guerra C, Gonzalez-Vargas MJ, Barker JC

Shards of sorrow: Older men's accounts of their depression experience.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Hinton L

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.

International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Hinton L, Apesoa-Varano EC, Unützer J, Dwight-Johnson M, Park M, Barker JC

Understanding how Latino parents choose beverages to serve to infants and toddlers.

Maternal and child health journal

Beck AL, Takayama JI, Halpern-Felsher B, Badiner N, Barker JC

An Exploration of the Sexual Behaviors of Emerging Adult Men Attending a Historically Black College/University.

Journal of black sexuality and relationships

Younge SN, Boyer CB, Geter A, Barker JC, Corneille M

Perspectives of middle-aged African-American women in the Deep South on antiretroviral therapy adherence.

AIDS care

DeMoss M, Bonney L, Grant J, Klein R, del Rio C, Barker JC

Medical students' conceptualizations of quality of life associated with children with IBD.

Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition

Salazar G, Barker JC, Heyman MB

Caregiver acceptability and preferences for preventive dental treatments for young African-American children.

Journal of public health dentistry

Adams SH, Rowe CR, Gansky SA, Cheng NF, Barker JC, Hyde S

Falling through the cracks: gaps in depression treatment among older Mexican-origin and white men.

International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Hinton L, Apesoa-Varano EC, González HM, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Dwight-Johnson M, Barker JC, Tran C, Zuniga R, Unützer J

Older people and social connectedness: how place and activities keep people engaged.

Journal of aging research

Yen IH, Shim JK, Martinez AD, Barker JC

Curing and caring: the work of primary care physicians with dementia patients.

Qualitative health research

Apesoa-Varano EC, Barker JC, Hinton L

Rural Latino farmworker fathers' understanding of children's oral health.

Pediatric dentistry

Swan MA, Barker JC, Hoeft KS

When help becomes a hindrance: mental health referral systems as barriers to care for primary care physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Franz CE, Barker JC, Kim K, Flores Y, Jenkins C, Kravitz RL, Hinton L

Clinician approaches and strategies for engaging older men in depression care.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Apesoa-Varano EC, Hinton L, Barker JC, Unützer J

Urban Mexican-American mothers' beliefs about caries etiology in children.

Community dentistry and oral epidemiology

Hoeft KS, Barker JC, Masterson EE

Water consumption beliefs and practices in a rural Latino community: implications for fluoridation.

Journal of public health dentistry

Scherzer T, Barker JC, Pollick H, Weintraub JA

Beyond familism: a case study of the ethics of care of a Latina caregiver of an elderly parent with dementia.

Health care for women international

Flores YG, Hinton L, Barker JC, Franz CE, Velasquez A

Intention, subjective norms, and cancer screening in the context of relational culture.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Pasick RJ, Barker JC, Otero-Sabogal R, Burke NJ, Joseph G, Guerra C

Behavioral theory in a diverse society: like a compass on Mars.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

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

Theorizing social context: rethinking behavioral theory.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Burke NJ, Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Barker JC

Social and cultural meanings of self-efficacy.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Burke NJ, Bird JA, Clark MA, Rakowski W, Guerra C, 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 education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Joseph G, Burke NJ, Tuason N, Barker JC, Pasick RJ

Survey of U.S. Boards that Review Mental Health-related Research.

Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE

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.

Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE

Catania JA, Lo B, Wolf LE, Dolcini MM, Pollack LM, Barker JC, Wertlieb S, Henne J

Four-part harmony: new songs in the nursing home.

Journal of gerontological nursing

Barker JC

Reexamining the relationships among dementia, stigma, and aging in immigrant Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers.

Journal of cross-cultural gerontology

Liu D, Hinton L, Tran C, Hinton D, Barker JC

Systematic assessment of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) effects during and after acute intoxication.

The American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions

Kim SY, Barker JC, Anderson IB, Dyer JE, Earnest G, Blanc PD

Giving policy some teeth: routes to reducing disparities in oral health.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Fisher-Owens SA, Barker JC, Adams S, Chung LH, Gansky SA, Hyde S, Weintraub JA

Rural Latino immigrant caregivers' conceptions of their children's oral disease.

Journal of public health dentistry

Horton S, Barker JC

Cultural factors and children's oral health care: a qualitative study of carers of young children.

Community dentistry and oral epidemiology

Hilton IV, Stephen S, Barker JC, Weintraub JA

Practice constraints, behavioral problems, and dementia care: primary care physicians' perspectives.

Journal of general internal medicine

Hinton L, Franz CE, Reddy G, Flores Y, Kravitz RL, Barker JC

Nonmedical influences on the use of cholinesterase inhibitors in dementia care.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Franz CE, Barker JC, Kravitz RL, Flores Y, Krishnan S, Hinton L

Experiences of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) ingestion: a focus group study.

Journal of psychoactive drugs

Barker JC, Harris SL, Dyer JE

Designing a gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) structured telephone-administered survey instrument.

Journal of medical toxicology : official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology

Dyer JE, Anderson I, Kim S, Blanc P, Barker J

High-risk behaviors and hospitalizations among gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) users.

The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse

Kim SY, Anderson IB, Dyer JE, Barker JC, Blanc PD

Neighbors, friends, and other nonkin caregivers of community-living dependent elders.

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

Barker JC

HIV risk among low-income African American mothers of elementary school children.

Journal of health & social policy

Cummings GL, Battle R, Barker J, Krasnovsky F

Constipation in the daily lives of frail elderly people.

Archives of family medicine

Wolfsen CR, Barker JC, Mitteness LS

On the road to health? Road traffic accidents in Pacific societies: The case of Niue Island, western Polynesia.

American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council

Barker JC

Personalization of formal social relationships by the elderly.

Research on aging

Wolfsen CR, Barker JC, Mitteness LS

Shedding light on nocturia.

Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)

Barker JC, Mitteness LS

Gate-keeping: residential managers and elderly tenants.

The Gerontologist

Barker JC, Mitteness LS, Wood SJ

Nocturia in the elderly.

The Gerontologist

Barker JC, Mitteness LS