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Colleen L. Barry, PhD

  • Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
  • Fred & Julie Soper Professorship
  • Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 482
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Harvard University, 2004
MPP, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1999
BA, Drew University, 1992


Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P. 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. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Mental Health. Professor Barry's research focuses on how health and social policies can affect a range of outcomes for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders, including access to medical care and social services, care quality, health care spending, financial protection and mortality. She is involved in numerous research studies examining the implications of health insurance expansions and health care delivery system reform efforts on the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. She also conducts empirical research to understand how communication strategies influence public attitudes about opioid addiction, mental illness, gun policy, and obesity and food policy. One focus of this work is to identify evidence-based approaches to reducing stigma. She has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Dr. Barry is founding co-Director (with Elizabeth Stuart) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research and is a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. Professor Barry received her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and her masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Honors and Awards

National Institute of Mental Health Doctoral Training Grant (T32)

  • Health Policy
  • ' Political Analysis
  • Mental Illness
  • Substance Use Disorders

Selected Publications:

  • Barry CL, Stuart EA, Donohue J, Greenfield S, Kouri E, Duckworth K, Song C, Mechanic R, Chernew M, Huskamp HA. Effects of Payment Reform and Accountable Care on Mental Health: Early Experience with the “Alternative Quality Contract” in Massachusetts. 2015. Health Affairs. 34(12):2077-85.
  • Barry CL, McGinty EE, Vernick JS, Webster DW (2013). After Newtown – Public Opinion on Gun Policy and Mental Illness. New England Journal of Medicine 368(12): 1077-81.
  • Barry CL, Chien A, Normand ST, Busch AB, Goldman HH, Azzone V, Huskamp HA (2013). Parity and Out-of-Pocket Spending for Children with High Mental Health or Substance Abuse Expenditures. Pediatrics, 131(3):e903-11.
  • Barry CL, Lemke K, Weiner J, Busch SH (2012). Risk Adjustment in the Health Insurance Exchanges for Individuals with Mental Illness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(7): 704-709.
  • Barry CL, Gollust SE, Niederdeppe J (2012). Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? New England Journal of Medicine, 367(5): 389-391.
  • A Blueprint for Transforming Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Delaware