Nursing and Health Studies
University of Bothell
Web Page: http://www.son.washington.edu/faculty/faculty_bio.asp?id=74
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1993 Ph.D University of Washington Anthropology
1989 M.A. University of Washington Anthropology
1981 M.A. University of Washington Nursing
1977 B.S.N. University of Washington Nursing
Making meaning of illness, dying and death in the Kingdom of Tonga. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Social network analysis of terminally ill Skid Road residents. Master's Thesis, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2001-present Research Associate Professor
Nursing and Health Studies, UW Bothell
Department of Psychosocial & Community Health, School of Nursing, UWSeattle
Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, UW
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UW
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, UW
1996-2001 Research Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology, UW
1995-2001 Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychosocial & Community Health, School of Nursing, UW
1992, 93 Lecturer
Department of Anthropology, UW
1993-1995 Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Women’s Health Research, UW
Community Health Care Systems, School of Nursing, UW
1987-1990 Predoctoral Fellow
Parent & Child Nursing, School of Nursing, UW
Cancer Nursing Specialty, Yale School of Nursing, Yale University
1981-83 Clinical Nurse Specialist
Oncology Services, Seattle-King County Visiting Nurse Services, Seattle, Washington
1977-79 Assistant Head Nurse
Acute Medical Unit, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
1976 Clinic Nurse
Aboriginal Medical Centre, Sydney, Australia
2007 Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
2006 Member, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
2006 Research Affiliate, UW Center for AIDS Research
2000 Certificate of Merit, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
1994 Fellow, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
AWARDS AND RESEARCH SUPPORT
(Consultant) Center for Research on the Management of Sleep Disturbances. (PI: Margaret Heitkemper, Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH
(Consultant) Applied Linguistics and Limited English Proficiency in the Medical Setting. (PI: Caroline Vickers, California State Univ). National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
(Principal Investigator) Determining Content Validity of a Stage Model Behavior Change Instrument. Research and Intramural Funding Program, UW.
(Core Director) Center for Women’s Health and Gender Research. (PI: Margaret Heitkemper, Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
(Principal Investigator) Pacific Island Youth Survey. Royalty Research Fund, UW.
(Ethnographer) National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Program. (PI Hanne Theilde), CDC, Public Health-Seattle & King County, State of Washington.
(Consultant) Intercultural Communication Workshop Developing Internet-based Tool to Improve Communication Competence in Foreign Born Health Care Providers. (PI: Eileen Van Schaik, Talaria Inc.) NIH.
09/02 – 06/07
(Co-Investigator) Center for Health Disparities Research. (PI: Bobbie Berkowitz, Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
06/04 – 06/06
(Co-Investigator) Genetic Services Policies. (PI: Carolyn Watts, Health Services), HRSA.
04/02 – 12/05
(Co-Investigator) Balancing Hope and Truth-telling for Patients with Cancer /COPD. (PI: J. Randall Curtis, Medicine). National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
10/01 – 03/05
(Co-Investigator) Differential Effectiveness in Drug Prevention Programs. (PI: Gerald Herting, Sociology), National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH.
10/01-09/04 (Co-Investigator) Center for Genomics and Public Health. (PI: Karen Edwards, Epidemiology), CDC.
09/97 – 07/03
(Principal Investigator) HIV/AIDS Prevention and Pacific Islander Adolescents. National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
09/00 – 10/02
(Co-Investigator) Health Literacy and Latina Parents. (PI: Frances Munet-Vilaro, Nursing), Administrative Supplement, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
09/99 – 09/02
(Co-Investigator) Improving Clinician-Family Communication in the ICU (PI: J. Randall Curtis, Medicine), National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
07/99 – 06/00
(Principal Investigator) Assessing Genetic Knowledge and Attitudes in Two Populations. Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health Intramural Research Program, UW.
11/96 - 2/98
(Principal Investigator) Taboo Talk: Investigating Ways to Study HIV/AIDS Risk Behavior with U.S. Pacific Island Adolescents. Research and Intramural Funding Program, UW.
11/94 - 11/96
(Principal Investigator) Pacific Islander Experience of Illness and Use of Health Care Services in the King County Area: A Pilot Study. Center for Women’s Health Research, School of Nursing, UW.
01/90 – 01/92
Death and Dying Related Belief in the Kingdom of Tonga. Wenner-Gren
Foundation for Anthropological Research.
RESEARCH TRAINING GRANTS
07/11 – 06/14
(Faculty) Prevention Effectiveness in Community Health. Health Resources and Services
07/01 – 06/10
(Mentor) Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program. National Cancer Institute, NIH.
07/07 – 07/09
(Mentor) Palliative Care Consults: Mixed Methods Evaluation of Referral Process and Outcomes. National Palliative Care Research Center, Career Development Award.
08/04 - 07/07
(Consultant) Domestic Violence Prevention for African American Women. KO1, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
07/02 – 04/07
(Consultant) Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Nursing. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH.
7/97 – 06/07
(Mentor/Faculty) Women’s Health Nursing Research Institutional Training Grant. National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH.
07/01 – 06/05
(Consultant) Measuring Quality of Care for Homeless Adolescents. R08, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
07/01 – 03/03
(Co-Primary Investigator) Infectious Disease and Infection Nursing Specialization. Health Resources and Services Administration.
7/98 – 06/01
(Faculty) Advanced Nurse Education (Advanced Genetics Nursing Program), Health Resources and Services Administration.
Peer Reviewed Journals
McGrath BB. (2012) Advancing the Post-Genomic Era Agenda: Contributions from Public Health. Public Health Genomics. 15(3):125-131.
Fongkaew, W, Visekul, N, Tuanrat, W, Fongkaew, K, Settheekul, S, Jariyalertsak, McGrath, B. (2011). Effectiveness of a sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention program adolescents:Youth empowerment and participation. Chiang Mai University Journal of Natural Sciences. 10: 1(41-56).
Wang G, McGrath BB, Watts C. (2010). Health care transitions among youth with disabilities: an ecological approach. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2010; 25(6):505-50.
Williams, PH, Schepp, K, McGrath, B, Mitchell, P. (2010). The Stewardship Model; Current Viability for Genetic Biobank Practice Development. Advances in Nursing Science, Online. 33:1
McGrath, BB, Ka’ili, TO. (2010). Creating Project Talanoa: A Culturally Based Community Teen Health Program for U.S. Pacific Islanders. Public Health Nursing. 27:1(17-24).
McGrath BB, Edwards K. (2009). When Family Means More (or Less) than Genetics: The Intersection of Culture, Family and Genomics. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 20(3):270-277.
Back AL, Young JP, McCown E, Engelberg RA, Vig EK, Reinke LF, Wenrich MD, McGrath BB, Curtis JR. (2009) Abandonment at the End of Life from Patient, Caregiver, Nurse and Physician Perspectives. Archives of Internal Medicine 169 (5): 474-479.
Taylor MR, Booth-LaForce C, Elven E, McGrath BB, Thurston RC. (2008) Participant Perspectives on a Yoga Intervention for Menopausal Symptoms. Complementary Health Practice Review 13: 171-181.
Heitkemper M, McGrath BB, Killien M, Jarrett M, Landis C, Lentz M, Woods N, Hayward K. (2008). The Role of Centers in Fostering Interdisciplinary Research. Nursing Outlook 56:115-122.
Curtis JR, Engelberg RA, Young PJ, Vig EK, Reinke LF, Wenrich MD, McGrath B, McCown E, Back A. (2008). An Approach to Understanding the Interaction of Hope and Desire for Explicit Prognostic Information among Individuals with Severe COPD or Advanced Cancer. J Palliat Med 11(4):610-620. .
McGrath, BB, Puzan, E. (2004). Gender Disparities in Health: Attending to the Particulars. Nurs Clinics of N America 37:37-51.
McGrath, BB. (2003). A View from the Other Side: Place of Spirits in the Tongan Social Field. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 27(1):29-48.
Harrison T, Hindorff LA, Kim H, Wines RCM, Bowen DJ, McGrath BB, Edwards KL. (2003). Family History of Diabetes as a Potential Public Health Tool, Am J of Prev Medicine, 24:152-59.
Curtis JR, Engelberg RA, Wenrich MD, Nielsen EL, Shannon SE, Treece PD, Tonelli MR, Patrick DL, Robins LS, McGrath BB, Rubenfeld GD. (2002). Studying Communication About End-of-Life Care During the ICU Family Conference: Development of a Framework. J of Critical Care 17:147-160.
McGrath, BB. (2002). Seattle fa’a Samoa. The Contemporary Pacific, 14(2):307-340.
McGrath, BB. (1999). Health and Healing in Contemporary Tonga. Pacific Health Dialog 62):265-267.
McGrath, B.B. (1999). Swimming from island to island: Healing practice in Tonga. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 13(4):483-505.
McGrath, B.B. (1999). Illness as a problem of meaning: Moving culture from the classroom to the clinic. Advances in Nursing Science, 21(2):17-29.
McGrath, B.B. (1986). The social networks of terminally ill Skid Road residents: An analysis. Public Health Nursing, 3(3), 192-205.
Tornberg, M., Benoliel, JQ., McGrath, BB. (1984). Oncology Transition Services: Partnerships of Nurses and Families. Cancer Nursing 7(2), 131-7.
McGrath, BB, Rolle, M. (2008). Tonga. In D’Avanzo, C. (Ed.), Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment, 4th edition, Elsevier Inc., St. Louis.
McGrath, BB. (2004). Tongans. In: Ember, C. and Ember, M. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures (Vol. 2), Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York. pp. 980-990.
McGrath, BB. (2000). Some Peoples, If You Marry, You Marry to Everybody: A Tongan Life Story. In Pamela Stewart and Andrew Strathern, (eds), Identity Work: Constructing Pacific Lives (pp 29-43). Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
McGrath, BB. (1998). Through the eyes of a child: A gaze more pure? In Juliana Flinn, Leslie Marshall, Jocelyn Armstrong (eds.), Fieldwork and families: Constructing New Models for Ethnography Research. (pp. 60-70). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
McGrath, B.B. (1987). Cancer Epidemiology: Terminology. In: Oncology Nursing Core Curriculum Oncology Nursing Society, (pp29-34). Philadelphia: WB Saunders.
McGrath, BB. (2005). [Review of the book “Tongans Overseas: Between Two Shores”]. Anthropological Forum 15 (1):88-90.
McGrath, BB. (2002) [Review of the book “An Historical Perspective of Helping Practices Associated with Birth, Marriage and Death Among Chamorros in Guam”] The Contemporary Pacific, 14(2):496-499.
McGrath, BB. (2002) [Review of the video “The Pattera of Guam: Their Story and Legacy”] The Contemporary Pacific, 14(2):494-496.
McGrath, BB and Ka’ili, T. (2002). [Review of the book “Queen Salote of Tonga: The Story of an Era, 1900-196”]. Pacific Affairs 75(4):657-659.
McGrath, BB. (2002). "Project Talanoa: An HIV Prevention Project with U.S. Pacific Islanders” Western Institute of Nursing, Research Conference, "Health Disparities: Meeting the Challenge" (Palm Springs, CA, April 2002). Communicating Nursing Research, 35:322.
Heitkemper, M., Killien, M., Lentz, M., Landis, C., McGrath, B., Jarrett, M. (2000). Advancing Women’s Health Care Across the Lifespan. Communicating Nursing Research, 33, 29-31.
Killien, M. & McGrath, B. (2000). Advancing Knowledge of Sociocultural Environments for Women’s Health. Communicating Nursing Research, 33, 36-47.
“Anticipating Forecast Advances in Genomics and Implications for Public Health? How Can We Get the Clinical and Public Health Work Force Ready?” Keynote, The National Conference on Genomics and Public Health, CDC, Bethesda, 2010.
“Academic Partnerships to Promote Nursing Research” Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. Hawaii, 2009.
“Nursing Practice in the Genomic Era” Frontiers in Primary Care Conference. Chiang Mai, Thailand 2008
“Making Big Science: Creating a U.S. Biobank?” Institute for Public Health Genetics. Seattle 2006.
“Research Methods in Gender Disparities.” Center for Women’s Health and Gender Research Summer Institute: Enhancing Research Methods. Seattle 2006
“Genomics and Kinship: Constructed Meanings of Family.” Society for Applied Anthropology/Society for Medical Anthropology joint annual meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2006.
“Conducting Health Disparities Research.” Working within Communities: Research Institute Spring 2006. Center for the Advancement of Health Disparity Research, Hawaii 2006.
“AIDS Prevention and Pacific Islander Adolescents.” Pacific Nursing Research Conference, Hawaii, 2004.
“Project Talanoa: A Teen Health Program in U.S.” Tonga History Association, Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 2003.
“Ethnographic Encounters: HIV Prevention and U.S. Pacific Island Adolescents” with co-presenter Tevita Ka’ili. Society for Applied Anthropology/Society for Medical Anthropology. Vancouver, BC, 2003.
“Kinship, Inheritance, and Genes: When Family Means More (Or Less) Than Genetics.” National Institute of Nursing Research, “Linking the Double Helix with Health: Genetics in Nursing Research.” Washington D.C., 2003.
"Project Talanoa" Western Institute of Nursing, Research Conference, "Health Disparities: Meeting the Challenge." Invited Poster Session, Palm Springs, Ca, 2002.
“The Complexity of the Tongan Diaspora: Tales from the Field,” co-presenter Tevita Ka’ili. Tonga History Conference, Täkanga 'Enau Fohé: Tonga and its Diasporic Communities in the 21 Century. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2001.
“Project Talanoa: Teens Choosing Healthy Lives.” Friends of the NINR, “Science in Service to the Nation’s Health.” Invited Scientific Poster Session, Washington D.C., 2000.
“We Can Do It—Should We? Social Implications.” Genetics in the New Millennium: Myth, Medicine & Public Health. Fifth Annual Summer Institute, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program & Public Health Genetics in the Context of Law, Ethics, and Policy, Seattle, 2000.
“Dancing on the Border: Young U.S. Pacific Island Women in a Transnational World. 11th International Congress on Women’s Health Issues. San Francisco, 2000.
“Social Implications of The New Genetics: Who Gets to Decide?” Plenary panel: “Genetics, Health Care, and the Law.” Sponsored by the Washington State Supreme Court and Office of State Insurance Commissioner, Office, Olympia, Washington, 1999.
“Methods in Social Research.” Women’s Health Research in the Next Millennium. Center for Women’s Health Research Summer Institute, Seattle, 1999.
“Facing Death: Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspectives.” Keynote address: “Memory and Mourning: American Expressions of Grief.” Washington State History Museum, 1997.
“Managing Medicine: History, Politics, and Social Change in the Kingdom of Tonga.” The Society for Applied Anthropology/Society for Medical Anthropology Annual Conference, Seattle, 1997.
• Introduction to Professional Nursing, (Nursing)
• *Perspectives in Medical Anthropology, (Anthropology, Nursing)
• *Science, Society, and Sickness, (UW Honors Program, UWBothell)
• *U.S. Pacific Islander Contemporary Culture, (Anthropology, American Ethnic Studies)
• Comparative Nursing Care Systems, (Nursing)
• *Culture, Society, and Genomics, (Public Health, Nursing, Anthropology)
• *Social and Behavioral Methods in Public Health Research, (Public Health)
• Qualitative Paradigms in Nursing Research, (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)
• Interpretive Methods in Nursing Research, (Nursing)
• Proposal and Project Development (Nursing)
* developed course
American Anthropology Association
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
Sigma Theta Tau
Society for Applied Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology
Tonga History Association
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY SERVICE
Stakeholder Consultant, Priorities for Public Health Genomics: 2012-2017. CDC, 2011
Core Faculty, Institute of Public Health Genetics, School of Public Health (1997 – present).
Member, Walker-Ames/Danz Lectureship Committee (1996 – present)
Faculty Advisor, Polynesian Student Alliance, UW (1999 - 2010).
Member Dean Search Committee, School of Nursing (2012-present)
Member Faculty Search Committee, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health (2009)
Speaker, Clinical Social Science Rounds, UW Family Medicine (2007-present)
Member, Institutional Review Board, Department of Health, State of Washington (2000 to 2012)
Co-chair, Psychosocial and Community Health, Human Subjects Review Committee (1995 – 2009)
Member, Honor’s Council, University Honor’s Program (1995 - 2005)
Mentor, Ronald E. McNair Program, 2002.
Member, Human Services Advisory Commission, City of Kirkland (2010-12)
Court Appointed Special Advocate, City of Seattle (2010 - present)
Public Health Reserve Corps (medical reserve), Public Health Seattle & King County (2010 - present)
NIH Special Emphasis Panel Grant Reviewer (2005-present)
Intramural grant reviewer, UW Royalty Research Fund, UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health
Manuscript reviewer, Current Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Qrtrly, Social Science & Medicine,
Pacific Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, J of Pacific Studies, Community Genetics, Genetics in Medicine
Book reviewer, University of Washington Press, University of Hawaii Press