Dr. Schwartz-Barcott's early experiences in community health nursing in rural communities in Peru and at the base of the Cascade Mountains in Washington during the late 1960s led to her long standing interest in common phenomena in nursing (e.g. client's efforts at making meaning out of an illness experience, their pain experiences and nursing efforts at pain assessment, and use of presence), that cross diverse health care settings, cultures and nationalities. Much of Dr. Schwartz-Barcott's research and scholarly writing has been at the concept development and metatheoretical levels as she has worked to expand the knowledge base in nursing practice. She has refined inductive methods of knowledge development and qualitative research approaches in order to facilitate the exploration of nursing phenomena across settings and to bridge the theory-practice gap in nursing. She collaborates internationally with researchers in Sweden, Norway and Korea.
Dr. Schwartz-Barcott has over twenty years of experience in guiding graduate students, assisting them in building individualized programs of study and mentoring faculty in teaching and scholarly activities. Dr. Schwartz-Barcott has been involved in establishing international and educational linkages and opportunities with Norway and Sweden. She currently serves on the board of Carolina for Kibera (http://cfk.unc.edu), a foundation whose work has involved the grassroots development of Tabitha's health clinic in a large slum area in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Schwartz-Barcott received her BS in nursing from the University of Washington, her MS in Public Health, MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Schwartz-Barcott, D., and Kim, S. (2000). An expansion and elaboration of the hybrid model of concept development. In B. L. Rodgers and K. A. Knafl (Eds.). Concept development in nursing: Foundation, techniques and applications. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Sanders.
Schwartz-Barcott, D. (1999). Adaptation as a basic conceptual focus in nursing theories. in Kim, H. S. & Kollak, I. (Eds.). Nursing theories: Conceptual and philosophical foundations (pp. 9-22). New York: Springer Publishing Co.
DeNuccio, G., & Schwartz-Barcott, D. (2000). A concept analysis of withdrawal: Application of the hybrid model. In Rodgers, B. L. and Knafl, K. A. Concept development in nursing: Foundations, techniques, and applications (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders.
Osterman, P., and Schwartz-Barcott, D. (1996). Presence: Four ways of being there. Nursing Forum, 31,(2), 23-30.