2015 Winter Institute on Qualitative Research Methods: The Art of the Interview

Course Director: Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

Winter InstituteDate: January 7-10, 2015
Location: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

  • January 7-8: School of Nursing, Fagin Hall, Room 203, 418 Curie Boulevard
  • January 9-10: Goldstein Room 114, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street


This comprehensive institute is designed to develop skills that are useful in qualitative and mixed methods research, including:

  1. Data collection approaches
  2. Structuring and conducting an interview
  3. Selecting an appropriate sample
  4. Organizing and facilitating a focus group
  5. Managing, coding, and analyzing data
  6. Integrating photo elicitation, photo voice, & the participant as a colleague
  7. Publishing your work
  8. Use and application of NVivo 10 software. (Advanced NVivo training will also be available.)

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Expert Course Instructors:

Fran Barg PhD, MEd

Dr. Barg is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the use of mixed methods research as it applies to understanding the uneven distribution of risk and disease among ethnic groups.

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW

Dr. Dichter is a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) and the intersections with the healthcare, social service, and criminal legal systems.

Joel Fein, MD, MPH

Dr. Fein is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His research focuses on emergency department-based violence prevention, emergency department mental health evaluation, and procedural pain management.

Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

Dr. Frasso is the Director of Education for the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives and teaches courses in the Public Health program and the School of Social Policy & Practice. Her research interests include qualitative methods, improving access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations, maternal child health, health disparities, and health literacy.

Cynthia Mollen, MD, MSCE

Dr. Mollen is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Unviersity of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine and an attending in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on improving adolescent health care through the emergency department with an emphasis on reproductive and sexual health.

Gala True, PhD

Dr. True is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a medical anthropologist and folklorist whose research focuses on the role of narrative and ethnography to reduce barriers to care and improve post-deployment health outcomes for combat veterans. 

*NVivo Training:

Two day-long training sessions using NVivo software will be offered: a beginner's session on January 9th and an advanced session on January 10th. General or Student Registration includes 1 session -- you may select which session is appropriate for you. If you would like to attend both sessions for an added fee, contact Elizabeth Devietti for registration options.

Training sessions are taught by Shimrit Keddem, MS & Katie Kellom
Shimrit Keddem is the Associate Director of Operations at the Department of Veteran's Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in research on various health and social issues including access to prenatal care, cancer services, Alzheimer's disease, and injury prevention.

Katie Kellom works as a research associate at PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Phialdelphia (CHOP). She is currently working on a statewide evaluation exploring the impact of home visitation programs on child and maternal health outcomes, as well as a project examining the factors influencing reporting, substantiation of claims, and service linkage rates for military families who experience inter-familial violence.

Please note that attendance for the NVivo training is limited by the number of computers available.

One license for NVivo will be raffled off on the last day of class to one lucky winner!


For more information:

Please contact Elizabeth Devietti.