Orange Band-Lower Section

Program Director: Linda L. Barnes, PhD, MTS, MA

Program Assistant Director: Lance Laird, ThD, MDiv


Core Faculty

The program draws, first, on the expertise of its core faculty (Barnes, Laird, Ready, and Ostrach), who work on a range of theoretical, ethnographic, and applied initiatives. Second, we build on  strong relationships between our faculty, and program directors and faculty in the School of Public Health, and in the Charles River Campus Departments of Religion, Anthropology, and Sociology. We work closely, as well, with the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Premedical Studies and Prehealth Programs at BU. We are in the process of furthering connections with the School of Management.

Each entering student is assigned a major adviser from within MACCP, who  helps them design a program tailored to their intellectual, personal, and professional goals, and continues to advise them throughout their two-year program. The adviser assists the student in locating additional mentors specializing in the student’s research interests and career goals. By the end of the second semester, students are expected to select a third reader, whose expertise is directly related to the student’s research focus, and who will serve on their thesis committee.



Linda L. Barnes,  M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D

Director of MACCP

Professor of Family Medicine, BUSM, and Division of Graduate Religious Studies, BU   617.414.4534   Bio & CV

Lance D. Laird, M.Div, Th.D

Assistant Director of MACCP

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, BUSM, and Division of Graduate Religious Studies, BU   617.414.3660   Bio & CV



For an interview with Drs. Barnes and Laird, see this GMS Spotlight on Faculty.

Kelley ReadyCarol “Kelley” Ready, M.A., Ph.D

Coordinator of  MACCP Service Learning Internship Program (SLIP)

MACCP Course Educator, Graduate Medical Sciences, BUSM   Bio and CV



OstrachBayla Ostrach, M.A., Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, BUSM  Bio & CV



Other Affiliated Faculty

Anthony Petro, PhD (Religion Department, B.U.)
Merav Shohet, PhD (Anthrology Department, B.U.)