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Colleen L. Barry

COLLEEN L. BARRY, PhD, is the Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Barry joined the Bloomberg School in 2010 and, since 2012, has served as the Department’s associate chair for Research and Practice. She has a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Mental Health, is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and teaches courses in health policy and politics. She is a founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research. 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 and spending, financial protection and mortality. She is involved in numerous research studies examining the implications of health insurance expansions and medical care delivery system financing reforms on the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. Dr. Barry also conducts empirical research to understand how communication strategies influence public attitudes about opioid addiction, mental illness, gun policy and obesity and food policy.