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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 and gun policy. One focus of this work is to identify evidence-based approaches to reducing stigma. She has authored over 175 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

32nd John Krantz Jr. Research Day Distinguished Lecturer, University of the Sciences

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins

Excellence in Teaching, Foundations in Health Policy Doctoral Seminar

Excellence in Teaching, Government and Health Policy

National Institute for Mental Health Training Fellowship

Summa Cum Laude

Robert Fisher Oxnam Prize

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

Selected Publications:

  • Barry CL, Epstein AJ, Marcus SC, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Candon M, Xie M, Mandell DS. Effects of State Insurance Mandates on Health Care Service Use and Spending for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Health Affairs. 2017 Oct 1;36(10):1754-1761.
  • Barry CL, Webster DW, Stone E, Crifasi CK, Vernick JS, McGinty EE. Five Years after Newton: Public Support for Gun Violence Prevention Policies among Gun Owners and Non-Gun Owners. American Journal of Public Health. 2018 Jul;108(7):878-881. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304432. Epub 2018 May 17.PMID: 29771617.
  • Barry CL, Sherman SG, McGinty EE. Language Matters in Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Safe Consumption Sites versus Overdose Prevention Sites. American Journal of Public Health. 2018 Sep;108(9):1157-1159. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304588.
  • Barry CL, Bandara S, Arnold K, Pintor J, Baum L, Franklin-Fowler E, Niederdeppe J, Karaca-Mandic P, Gollust SE. Assessing the Content of Television Health Insurance Advertising during Three Open Enrollment Periods of the ACA. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. In Press.
  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Epstein AJ, Mandell DS, Candon MK, Marcus SC, Xie M, Barry CL (2018). Effects of State Autism Mandate Age Caps on Health Service Use and Spending Among Adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Feb;57(2):125-131. PMCID: pmc5806145 [Available 2019-02-01].