Maggie Longacre

Associate Professor, Chair and MPH Director, Public Health

312 Brubaker Hall (215) 572-8547

About Me

Margaret Longacre, Ph.D., M.S.H.E., is the Chair of the Public Health Department and MPH Director as well as Assistant Dean of Research for the College of Health Sciences. She 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, Health Policy

Arcadia University

MS, Health Education

Wake Forest University

BA, Psychology


Author 2021

Developing an Integrated Caregiver Patient-Portal System

Article, Healthcare Journal (MDPI)

Co-Authored with Cynthia Keleher, Marcin Chwistek, Molly Collins, Michelle Odelberg, Mark Siemon, and Carolyn Y. Fang

Author 2021

Racial and ethnic variations in caregiving-related physical, emotional, and financial strain during COVID-19 among those caring for adult cancer patients

Article, Supportive Care in Cancer

Co-Authored with Miller M, Fang, CY

Author 2020

Caregiver Health by Context: Moderating Effects of Mental Health and Health Behaviors

Article, Western Journal of Nursing Research

Co-Authored with Benjamin Brewer, Adeline Hubbard, Rebecca L Ashare, Freda Patterson

Author 2020

Toward Engaging Caregivers: Inclusion in Care and Receipt of Information and Training among Caregivers for Cancer Patients Who Have Been Hospitalized

Article, Journal of Cancer Education

Co-Authored with L Weber-Raley, E E Kent

Author 2019

Cancer Caregiving While Employed: Caregiving Roles, Employment Adjustments, Employer Assistance, and Preferences for Support

Article, Journal of Cancer Education

Co-Authored with L Weber-Raley, E E Kent

Co-Author for chapters 1 & 15 2019

Cancer Caregivers

Contribution to book, Oxford University Press

Co-Author 2019

Food insecurity among adult cancer survivors in the United States

Article, Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Co-Authored with M L Trego, Z M Baba, K I DiSantis, M L Longacre

Co-Author 2019

Team inclusion and empowerment among nursing staff in long-term care

Article, Geriatric Nursing

Co-Authored with Theresa Teta Barry, Margaret Longacre, Kelly O'Shea Carney, Shannon Patterson

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