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Colleen Barry

Colleen Barry

Inaugural Dean

Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy


Colleen Barry is the Inaugural Dean of the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. Dr. Barry’s research focuses on how health and social policies affect outcomes for individuals with mental illness and substance use, including access to medical care and social services, health care spending, and mortality. In addition, she conducts empirical research to understand how persuasive communication can influence public opinion about addiction, mental illness, food systems and obesity, and violence. A focus of this work involves identifying evidence-based approaches for reducing stigma. Dr. Barry has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in leading medicine and health policy journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs and American Journal of Public Health, and she has led large-scale research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and numerous health-oriented foundations. Dr. Barry was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.  She chaired the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and she served as the Vice President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). From 2017 to 2021, Dr. Barry served as the Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, the academic home to 80 full-time faculty and over 200 adjunct faculty, six graduate degree programs, 16 research centers and 350 doctoral and masters students.  Dr. Barry was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy (CMAP) and she established the Johns Hopkins StigmaLab. Dr. Barry directed the bi-annual Johns Hopkins National Gun Policy Tracking Survey and the longitudinal Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Civic Life and Public Health Survey cohort study.  Prior to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Barry was a faculty member at Yale University in the School of Public Health from 2004 to 2010.  She received her PhD in health policy from Harvard University in 2004 and her Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.

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