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Dr. Jennifer Barkin is a tenured Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. A University of Pittsburgh-trained biostatistician (M.S.) and psychiatric epidemiologist (PhD) (Graduate School of Public Health), she completed a postdoctoral scholarship at the prestigious Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate educational training took place at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Statistics) – also in Pittsburgh. Dr. Barkin’s intellectual property, the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning (BIMF), has been translated into over 20 languages and has been used in industry-sponsored trials, and in clinical, academic, and community-based settings. Barkin collaborates with groups all over the world to validate the index and explore pertinent research questions related to maternal functioning and mental health. Recently, her work was featured on the Academic Minute National Public Radio Program, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She has participated on national advisory panels, various expert panels related to perinatal mental health, and serves on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter where she is the Chair of Corporate Sponsors and Partnerships. She also serves on the clinical advisory board for Memora Health, a Silicon Valley-based Med Tech company. She has achieved national and international recognition as a thought-leader in her field and recently testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Committee. Her recent work includes a focus on the mental health effects of extreme weather events, and more broadly, climate change, on mothers and children. She also serves on the executive committee for the Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) where she provides a public health perspective regarding the effects of climate change on family mental health.
Dr. Joshua Ronen was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He attended Santa Clara University where he majored in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences as well as Public Health Sciences. He completed his medical degree (M.D.) at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and his Internal Medicine Residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at the Permian Basin. Dr. Ronen is presently an attending physician at UCSF Medical Center within the Division of Hospital Medicine - he is serving as a Clinical Hospitalist on the Internal Medicine and Cardiology services. He was also elected to an academic appointment as Clinical Instructor with the UCSF School of Medicine. Additionally, he hopes to continue involvement with the local/regional and national chapters of the American Colleges of Physicians and Cardiology, teaching, and mentorship of residents, medical, and pre-medical students.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Ronen enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Professional Interests: Cardiovascular Disease and Critical Care, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Graduate Medical Education/Teaching, Hospital Administration