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Joretha N. Bourjolly, MSW, PhD

  • Associate Professor/Clinician Educator

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Director, MSW Program

3718 Locust Walk, McNeil Building, Room 521
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5524
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Link to Scholarly Papers

Dr. Bourjolly’s research agenda involves the examination of:

  • Personal, social, and cultural factors that impact coping process and social functioning of women with breast cancer.
  • Access to and utilization of health care services by vulnerable populations.
  • The development of cultural competency among behavioral health practitioners.
  • Family relations and religious change in African American families.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to geriatric health care research.


Description: The purpose of this pilot project is to explore the key social and economic variables for women diagnosed with breast cancer in a managed care plan at the personal, clinical and health systems levels. The pilot will compare these variables for women enrolled indemnity plans, private and Medicaid managed health care plans as well as for black and white women. The results of this pilot study will be to lay the foundation for future research that will 1) develop a methodology to identify and measure the extent to which these variables impact on the patient, clinical setting and the larger health system in a managed care environment, 2) explain the relationship among these variables, and 3)quantify the financial costs and impact on social functioning.

Project Sponsors: American Cancer Society

Dates: July 1997-present

Project Staff: Joretha Bourjolly, Principal Investigator; Fran Barg, Co-Principal Investigator

Project Number: BOUR-97-01

Entry Date: September, 1998

Description: The specific goal of this study is to examine fee-for-service (FFS) data from the Pennsylvania Medicaid Information System for Philadelphia County for the period 1991 to 1995. A secondary analysis will be conducted to assess the type and extent of medical health services utilized by Medicaid-eligible women with breast cancer. This information will provide baseline data on services used by these women before they were enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan.

Project Sponsors: School of Social Work Research Development Grant

Dates: July 1997 – July 1998

Project Staff: Joretha Bourjolly, PhD, Principal Investigator; Aileen Rothbard, Co-Principal Investigator

Project Number: BOUR-97-02

Entry Date: September, 1998

Description: The purpose of this pilot is to examine the access to and utilization of primary health care and clinical outcomes of adult MA (medical assistance) women with severe mental illness (SMI). The pilot will assess consumer and provider perceptions of the factors that impede and/or enhance the access to and utilization of primary medical care (i.e. family planning, Pap tests, mammography). The results of this pilot study will lay the foundation for future research that will 1) develop a methodology to identify and measure the extent to which these factors impact the access to and utilization of primary medical care and ultimately, clinical outcomes for women with SMI in a managed care setting and 2) explain the relationship among these variables.

Project Sponsors: NIMH

Dates: August 1998 – September 1999

Project Staff: Joretha Bourjolly, PhD, Principal Investigator

Project Number: BOUR-98-01

Entry Date: September, 1998

Description: Partners Reaching to Improve Multicultural Effectiveness (PRIME) is an intensive training model, which aims to reduce culturally-based disparities. PRIME will train agency teams of a supervisor, direct care/consumer staff, as well as psychiatrists, and agency, county and managed care organization administrators who support trainees in their work. Application of knowledge and skills to agency settings is emphasized. Improving trainee competence and service outcomes are expected program goals.

This is a collaborative project with Pennsylvania Office of Mental health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS); Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Drexel University; Multicultural Training and Research Institute (MTRI), School of Social Administration, Temple University; and Social Work Mental Health Research Center, School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania. We at Penn are conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the training.

Project Sponsor: Subcontract with Drexel University, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Dates: 9/2002-9/2005

Project Staff: Phyllis Solomon, PhD, Principal Investigator;
Evaluators: Roberta Sands, PhD; Jerri Bourjolly, PhD; Irene Wong, PhD; Eri Kuno, PhD (Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of Psychiatry)

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