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Colleen Barry, Ph.D. M.P.P.

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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 and has a joint appointment in the Department of Mental Health. She is the founding co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy (CMAP). Dr. Barry received her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and her M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Dr. 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. 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.  She is co-Chair of the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Barry was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.