Dr. Barbara Head

Affiliated Faculty, Associate Professor

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Barbara Head, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Education and is an affiliated faculty member at the Kent School of Social Work. She has taught Death and Grief for Kent School for ten years and previously taught the advanced research sequence. Her current research focuses on interprofessional education in palliative care, lung cancer survivorship programs, socioeconomic factors influencing cancer care, and telehealth interventions in cancer. Educationally, she is interested in the development and analysis of reflective capacity in students and the use of contemporary film to stimulate critical thinking related to death and grief theories and issues.

She is a registered nurse with advanced degrees (MSSW, PhD) in social work. She has been involved in hospice and palliative care initiatives for over thirty years serving as hospice board member, volunteer, home care nurse, educator, quality improvement coordinator, educator and researcher. She has taught for the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium both nationally and in India and Malaysia. Barbara has been certified in hospice and palliative nursing for over fifteen years and served as both member and president of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.  In 2011, she was honored by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association to become a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing. She is a board member and treasurer of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network.

Barbara serves as social work faculty for the School of Medicine’s palliative care fellowship program. She is a member of the University of Louisville Hospital’s Ethics Committee and the Medical School’s Faculty Forum. She is also a founding board member of the Kentuckiana Chapter of the Lung Cancer Alliance and facilitates a networking group for patients, survivors, and families affected by lung cancer.