Maggie Longacre

Assistant Professor, Public Health

214 Brubaker Hall (215) 572-8547

About Me

Margaret Longacre, Ph.D., has a doctoral degree in Health Policy from the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA). Dr. Longacre also received an M.S. in Health Education from Arcadia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She teaches courses in health care systems and public health policy as well as research methods and capstone advising. Her research interest revolves around informal or family caregiving, including understanding health system impacts. She is currently funded by the American Cancer Society for a project assessing the feasibility of an integrated-caregiver portal system with colleagues at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has also been involved in collaboration with the National Alliance for Caregiving for various projects, including a recent report on "Sandwich Generation Caregivers" (those providing care to an adult and have children in the home). 

Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia University, Dr. Longacre was the Director of Research at the Cancer Support Community (CSC). At CSC, Dr. Longacre led several caregiving research initiatives. She was also a co-author of a national report on cancer caregiving (“Cancer Caregiving in the U.S.: An Intense, Episodic and Challenging Care Experience”) with the National Alliance for Caregiving and the National Cancer Institute.  In addition, she also led several analyses to understand patient perception of value in cancer care as well as access to services.

Prior employment also included working at Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) under the direction and mentoring of Dr. Carolyn Fang, Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control program. While at FCCC, Dr. Longacre initiated a study to identify the information needs and psychosocial experiences of family caregivers for head and neck cancer patients. She has several publications on informal caregiving, including demonstrating relevance to broader health system and policy issues.

Education History

University of the Sciences

PhD, Major in Health Policy

Arcadia University

MSHE, Major in Health Education

Wake Forest University

BA, Major in Psychology


Author 2019

Engaging Family Caregivers in Oncology Care

Other, Conference Poster, American College of Preventive Medicine

Co-Authored with Fang, C.Y.

Co-Author for chapters 1 & 15 2019

Cancer Caregivers

Contribution to book, Oxford University Press

Author 2018

Care and Treatment Decisions in Cancer: The Role of the Family Caregiver

Article, Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship

Co-Authored with Miller, M.F; Golant, M; Zaleta, A; Buzaglo, J.S.

Author 2018

Health and Health Care: Addressing Disparities in Chronic Conditions for Patients and Caregivers

Other, Conference Panel Presentation, ACPM Healthy Aging Summit

Co-Authored with Kent, E.E.

Author 2018

Improving care for the family and friends who care for cancer patients

Other, Oxford University Press Blog

Co-Authored with Allison Applebaum; Mitch Golant; Joanne Buzaglo

Author 2018

Reducing informal caregiver burden in cancer: evidence-based programs in practice

Article, Translational Behavioral Medicine (Oxford Academic)

Co-Authored with Applebaum AJ, Buzaglo JS, Miller MF, Golant M, Rowland JH, Given B, Dockham B, Northouse L

Co-Author 2017

Medication Adherence among Patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: The Impact of Financial Burden and Psychosocial Distress

Article, Journal of Oncology Nursing & Survivorship

Co-Authored with Buzaglo, JS, Miller, MF, Karten, C; Onukwugha,E; Weiss, E,. Greer, J, Golant, M, Mauro, M

Co-Author 2016

Cancer Caregiving in the US: An Intense, Episodic, and Challenging Care Experience

Research Paper, National Alliance for Caregiving with the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Support Community

Co-Authored with Gail Gibson Hunt, National Alliance for Caregiving; Erin E. Kent, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; Lisa Weber-Raley, Greenwald & Associates

Author 2016

Work Impact and Emotional Stress Among Informal Caregivers for Older Adults

Article, J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

Co-Authored with Valdmanis VG, Handorf EA, Fang CY

Author 2015

Medical Communication-related Informational Need and Resource Preferences Among Family Caregivers for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Article, J Cancer Ed

Co-Authored with Galloway TJ, Parvanta CF, Fang CY

Author 2015

Defining Value in Oncology: Perspectives from Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Other, Association for Value-Based Cancer Care, 5th Annual Conference

Co-Authored with Charap ES, Buzaglo JS, Kennedy V, House L

Author 2015

Insight into Patient Access to Care in Cancer

Research Paper, Cancer Support Community