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Francis Barchi

Assistant Professor Member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Barchi’s personal research focuses on global health ethics as well as the social and behavioral factors that influence women’s health in southern Africa.


Francis Barchi is assistant professor in the School of Social Work and a member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she was a senior fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania where she continues to develop training programs in clinical and research ethics for health professionals and members of ethics review committees in developing countries. Current programs include training activities for clinicians in Tanzania and Guatemala, and the development of a clinical ethics curriculum for nursing faculty and students in Botswana. In addition, Dr. Barchi is an associated faculty member of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers and a member of the Center for African Studies.

Dr. Barchi’s personal research focuses on global health ethics as well as the social and behavioral factors that influence women’s health in southern Africa. In 2009, she completed the first major quantitative study on women’s autonomy and gender-based violence in northern Botswana, the findings from which identified strong associations between alcohol, violence, and poor health outcomes. She is currently studying comprehension and voluntariness among HIV-positive women being screened for cervical cancer at a government clinic in Botswana’s capital city and examining the extent to which understanding may impact a woman’s adherence to recommended treatment and timely return to follow-up care. In addition, she is heading an NIH-funded effort through the Penn Center for AIDS Research to explore IRB perspectives in Botswana on the collection, use, and storage of biological specimens for HIV research.

At Rutgers, Dr. Barchi currently teaches a doctoral course on research ethics and integrity in the social sciences and an undergraduate introductory course on global health. She also regularly visits Botswana where she leads training initiatives in research ethics for university faculty, members of ethics review committees, and community advisory groups.

Dr. Barchi holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Masters degrees in Bioethics and Non-Profit Leadership from the same institution. She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

September 24, 2015

2014 China Study Abroad Reunion

The participants of 2014 China Study Abroad program had a reunion in October 2014 to reflect on the program. Faculty and students exchanged photos, videos, and memories of their adventures in China. Hear what they said about the trip!!

Brian de Oilveira (MSW student at Rutgers University)

“The experience was amazing! Walking on the Great Wall, the food there, and best of all, I had the best roommate. We had so much fun!”

Paulina Banasiak (MSW student at Rutgers University)

September 24, 2015

Rutgers faculty member helps Mental Health Association start help line for heroin, painkiller addiction

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey has launched NJ Connect for Recovery, a free, confidential help line for individuals and families coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.

The toll-free phone number for NJ Connect for Recovery is (855) 652-3737 and the line for the hearing impaired is (877) 294-4356. Information is also available online at

September 24, 2015

Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin January 15, 2014

Colleen Beach was invited to participate in the National Adult Protective Services Association’s Education Committee. Beach coordinates the New Jersey Adult Protective Services Training Grant and has done so since 2011. The collaborative efforts by this committee’s members help shape the education and training of Adult Protective Services staff nationwide, as well as work toward educating the public about the role of Adult Protective Services and the issues related to abuse and neglect of older adults and adults with disabilities.

September 24, 2015

Customized Workshops, It's all in the Name

The Rutgers School of Social Work wants to work with your schedule and the educational needs of your human services staff. Keeping employees engaged and energized about current social work topics is vital to effectively providing care in every facet of the field.

September 24, 2015

IPE Event Helps Health Care Students Prepare for a Future Working Collaboratively

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but when it comes to the care of a patient, a group of medical professionals can contribute to diagnosis and treatment. Despite this, too much health care education occurs in silos, with physician, nurse, social worker, pharmacist, nutritionist or physician's assistant learning only about his or her own role in a patient’s care. After training, when these practitioners join together, it may be difficult to combine the practices and terminology of each team member.

September 24, 2015

Join Students Supporting Students

Please feel free to join our Class of 2015 MSW Students Supporting Students Campaign group on LinkedIn. Being members and being connected!

The Students Supporting Students Campaign is a way for graduating MSW students to leave their legacy at the Rutgers School of Social Work by raising important funds to support continuing MSW students as they work hard to attain their degree.

September 24, 2015

SSW featured in US News and World Report article

How Financial Literacy Can Fight Domestic Violence A study suggests that economic safety lessons can help empower survivors. Judy Postmus, associate professor, is interviewed. 

September 24, 2015

FOCUS-Rutgers Wellness Center in Newark provides outstanding collaborative health care

Inside the bustling FOCUS-Rutgers Wellness Center in Newark, the walls are covered with colorful murals painted by a group of Newark schoolchildren with a graduate student from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Most of the patients here would not receive any medical or mental health services if the facility did not exist.  The center serves a mostly Spanish-speaking population and roughly 30 percent are undocumented immigrants who only receive care when it involves an emergency room.

September 23, 2015

The Center for Leadership and Management: Leading the Way for NJ

The Center for Leadership and Management (CLM) is extending its reach. After receiving a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, CLM is partnering with county welfare agencies (CWAs) across New Jersey to discover, assess, analyze, and help to enhance leadership practices. These 21 agencies throughout the state provide services including general assistance, food stamps, emergency housing assistance and welfare.


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