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Colleen Barry

Colleen Barry

Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Colleen L. Barry is the Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Barry’s research focuses on how health and social policies can affect a range of outcomes for individuals with substance use and mental illness, including access to medical care and social services, care quality, health care spending, financial protection and mortality.  In addition, she conducts empirical research to understand how communication strategies influence public attitudes about addiction, mental illness and violence. She currently directs the longitudinal Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Public Health and Civic Life Survey in partnership with faculty at the Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute.  Dr. Barry has led numerous large-scale research studies and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and Arnold Ventures.  She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications on a range of health policy and public health topics in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics and the American Journal of Public Health.  Dr. Barry is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy and core faculty for the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.  She is co-Chair of the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Barry was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.  She served as board member and vice president of the Association of Public Policy and Management. Dr. Barry received her PhD in health policy from Harvard University in 2004 and her master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.  Prior to completing her graduate studies, she worked in public policy in Washington DC and in state government in Boston MA.

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