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crabtreeBenjamin F. Crabtree, PhD.
Professor, Research Division
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Phone: 848-932-0213
Fax: 732-932-1451

Benjamin Crabtree is a medical anthropologist and is Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Dr. Crabtree has been a full-time primary care/health services researcher in family medicine for the past 25 years and has contributed to numerous articles and chapters on both qualitative and quantitative methods, covering topics ranging from time series analysis and log-linear models to in-depth interviews, case study research, and qualitative analysis strategies.  Dr. Crabtree is known for his expertise in qualitative research and writes extensively in this area, including editing a book, Doing Qualitative Research, which is now in its 2nd Edition.  He was also the lead editor on a book about developing collaborative research teams, Exploring Collaborative Research in Primary Care.  Dr. Crabtree has been principal investigator on numerous NIH funded grants, including a current R01 and senior investigator grant (K05) from the National Cancer Institute.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Washington College (Maryland), 1971 BS Biology
  • University of South Florida, 1982 MA, Applied Anthropology
  • University of Connecticut, 1986 PhD, Medical Anthropology

Awards and Honors

  • 2007 UMDNJ Foundation Excellence in Research Award
  • 2003 Installed as Fellow in Society for Applied Anthropology

Professional Services

  • Qualitative Health Research (Editorial Board)
  • Family Practice (Editorial Board)
  • Member, UMDNJ-RWJMS Research Committee
  • Member, Department of Family Medicine, Appointments & Promotion Committee

Current Research Projects

  • 2005-2011 - “Enhancing Colorectal CA Screening through Learning Teams” (NCI R01)
  • 2009-2014 - “Integrating Practice & Community Cancer Control” (NCI K05)

Selected publications

  • Crabtree, B.F., and Miller, W.L. (Editors). Doing Qualitative Research in Primary Care: Multiple Strategies (2nd Edition). Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1999.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Stange KC. Understanding practice from the ground up. J Fam Pract 2001; 50(10):881-887.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Tallia AF, Cohen DJ, DiCicco-Bloom B, McIlvain HE, Aita VA, Scott JG, Gregory PB, Stange KC, McDaniel RR.  Delivery of Clinical Preventive Services in Family Medicine Offices. Ann Fam Med. 2005; 3(5): 430-435.
  • Solberg LI, Hroscikoski MC, Sperl-Hillen JM, Harper PG, Crabtree BF. Transforming medical care: Case study of an exemplar small medical group. Ann Fam Med. 2006 Mar-Apr;4(2):109-16.
  • Jordan ME, Lanham HJ, Crabtree BF, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Stange KC, McDaniel RR Jr. The role of conversation in health care interventions: enabling sensemaking and learning. Implement Sci, 2009; Mar 13:4:15.
  • Nutting PA, Miller WL, Crabtree BF, Jaen CR, Stewart EE, Stange KC. Initial lessons from the first National Demonstration Project on practice transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Ann Fam Med 2009; 7(3):254-60.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, McDaniel RR, Stange KC, Nutting PA, Jaén CR. A Survivors Guide for Primary Care Physicians. Journal of Family Practice, 2009; 58(8): E1-E7.
  • Crabtree BF, Nutting PA, Miller WL, McDaniel RR, Stange KC, Jaen CR, Stewart EE. Primary care practice transformation is hard work: Insights from a 15 year developmental program of research. Medical Care (in press).

For a further list of Dr. Crabtree's publications, please see his CV