32nd John C. Krantz, Jr. Lecture Series

featuring Colleen L. Barry, PhD

Colleen BarryColleen L. Barry, PhD, MPP, 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.  Professor Barry's research focuses on how health and social policies can affect a range of outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness, including access to medical care and social services, care quality, health care spending, financial protection, and mortality.

She has led multiple large-scale, quasi-experimental studies of financing and delivery system innovations using administrative claims and household survey data. In addition, she conducts empirical research to understand how communication strategies influence public attitudes about addiction, mental illness and violence.  A focus of this work is to identify evidence-based approaches to reducing stigma.

Dr. Barry is currently Principal Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) R01 examining the effects of high-deductible health plans on substance use disorder treatment utilization and spending.  She recently served as principal investigator of a NIDA R01 assessing the impact of global payment and accountable care on substance use disorder services and an National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) R01 examining the effects of state autism mandates on service use and spending.  She has led research studies funded by various foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and the Arnold Foundation.

She has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications on a range of health policy and public health topics in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health.  

Dr. Barry is founding co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research.  She is Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins NIMH T32 Mental Health Services and Systems Training Grant providing pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to train scholars who will become leaders in the mental health services and systems research field. She serves in various national advisory boards on policy related to addiction and mental health.

She is currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine Consensus Panel on Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.  Dr. Barry is also co-chair of the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  

Dr. Barry received her PhD in health policy from Harvard University in 2004 and her masters degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999.


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