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Lisa C. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
UConn Center on Aging
Academic Office Location:
UConn Center on Aging
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5215
Phone: (860) 679-6264
Fax: (860) 679-7630

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AFSP Researcher Webpage

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Dr. Barry is a chronic disease epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at UConn Health's Center on Aging, with a primary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Barry received her B.A. in Psychology and a Certification in Gerontological Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and subsequently received a Masters in Public Health degree and a Doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research at Yale and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine before coming to UConn Health Center in July 2011.

Dr. Barry’s research interests include the epidemiology of depression over time in older persons, the interface between mental health and physical disability in older persons, and risk factors for depression and suicide-related behaviors in older persons who are either currently in prison or have been released from prison in later life.

B.A.College of the Holy CrossPsychology
M.P.H.Yale University School of MedicineChronic Disease Epidemiology
Ph.D.Yale University Graduate SchoolEpidemiology of Aging

Post-Graduate Training
Professional TrainingCollege of the Holy CrossCertification in Gerontological Studies
FellowshipYale University School of MedicineResearch Training in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology
PostdoctoralYale University School of MedicineGeriatric Clinical Epidemiology
FellowshipBrookdaleLeadership in Aging Fellow

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Participant, NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program, Center for Scientific Review (CSR)NIH
FellowGerontological Society of America
New Investigator Fellowship, Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health National Institute on Drug Abuse & Langeloth Foundation
Advanced Research Institute (ARI) ScholarNational Institute of Mental Health
Summer Institute on Aging Research National Institute on Aging
Mind-Body Center Summer Institute University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Loan Repayment Program Funding Recipient National Institutes of Health
Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society Psi Chi
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
UConn School of Medicine Curriculum Reform Subcommittee (Vertically Integrated Teams Aligned in Learning - VITALS)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2015
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences Editorial BoardEditorial BoardExternalNational2010
Epidemiology of Aging Interest Group; Gerontological Society of AmericaProfessional/Scientific OrganizationCo-ChairExternalInternational20102012
Junior Faculty Research Career Special Interest Group Steering Committee, American Geriatrics Society Advisory CommitteeSteering CommitteeExternalNational20092012
ESPO Ad Hoc Planning Task Force Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational20072009
Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization (ESPO), Gerontological Society of America Professional/Scientific OrganizationChairExternalNational20042007
Student Representative, Publications Committee, Gerontological Society of America Editorial BoardCommittee MemberExternalNational20012003

Geriatric mental health; the inter-relationship between mental health and phsyical function in older persons; epidemiology of depression in older persons; mobility disability; health of older inmates.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Implications for Clinical Assessment for Reentry Planning and Community-Based Treatment
    Robert L. Trestman & Lisa C. Barry Reentry Planning for Offenders with Mental Disorders 2015 Jan;2-1 - 2-15
  • Understanding the Effects of Criminal Justice Involvement on Older Adults.
    Barry LC & Williams BA Current Geriatrics Diagnosis and Treatment 2014 Oct;513-516
  • Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies for Late Life Psychopathology.
    Barry LC & Byers AL Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, 8th Edition 410-421


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Suicidal Ideation in Older InmatesTalkAcademic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health2015Boston, MA
Social Support and Mental Health-Related Outcomes in Older PrisonersTalkGerontological Society of America Conference2015Orlando, FL
Race, Depression and Performance-Based Mobility Over Time in Older Persons. TalkAmerican Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Meetings2013Los Angeles, CA
Disability and Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners: A Pilot Study. PosterAcademic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health2013Chicago
Double Jeopardy: Mental Illness and Poor Physical Function in Connecticut Prisoners.TalkAcademic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health2012Atlanta, GA
Low Health Literacy and Black-White Differences in Depression Onset: Findings from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. TalkGerontological Society of America Meetings2012San Diego, CA
Slow Gait Speed and Potential Synergism of Inflammation and Vitamin D Deficiency.TalkGerontological Society of America Meetings2012San Diego, CA
Race, Depression and Performance-Based Mobility Over Time: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study.PosterGerontological Society of America2011Boston, MA
The association between disability burden and Depression in older persons over time. TalkAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2010Orlando, FL
Race, Depression and Performance-Based Mobility Over Time: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study PosterGerontological Society of America2010Boston, MA
Longitudinal effect of depression on subsequent functional transitions in older persons. TalkAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2009Chicago, IL
Use of antidepressant medication and the subsequent course of depressive symptoms among older adults. PosterAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2009Chicago, IL
The association between self-rated health and change in gait speed over time in older persons. PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2009Atlanta, GA
The effect of depression on recovery of premorbid function after hospitalization among community-living older persons.PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2008Baltimore, MD
Depression and Disability in Older Persons: Untangling ComplexitiesTalkSchool of Medicine; Geriatrics Grand Rounds2008University of Connecticut
The effect of depression on the burden of disability over time among community-living older persons. TalkAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2008Washington, DC
The effect of depression on disability subtypes on older persons over time.TalkGerontological Society of America Meetings2007San Francisco
Transitions Between Depression States in Community-Living Older PersonsTalkCenter for the Study of Aging and Human Development2006University of Connecticut
Transitions Between Depression States in Community-Living Older PersonsTalkWeill Medical College, Department of Psychiatry2006Cornell University
Longitudinal Association of Gender with Transitions Between States of Depression in Community-Dwelling Older Persons.PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2006Dallas, TX
Patient satisfaction with treatment after AMI: the role of psychosocial factors. PosterAmerican Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Conference2005Washington, D.C.
Resilience and likelihood of disability among non-disabled, community-dwelling older persons. PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2005Orlando, FL
Social support and change in mental and physical functioning at 6-months after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2004Washington, D.C.
Perceived control and Change in mental and physical functioning at 6-months after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2003San Diego, CA
Determining the extent of activity impairments and/or modifications associated with chronic pain in older veterans receiving primary care. PosterAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2002Washington, D.C.
Identification of coping strategies used by older veterans with chronic pain.PosterAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2002Washington, D.C.
Impact of low self-efficacy on disability among older veterans with chronic pain in a primary care setting. TalkAmerican Geriatrics Society Meetings2002Washington, D.C.
Effective pain reduction strategies reported by communitydwelling older persons with chronic pain. PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2002Boston, MA
A computer-based intervention to prevent potential drug-related medical errors in the elderly. PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2000Washington, D.C.
Improving medication use in the elderly: Results of an educational intervention.PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings2000Washington, D.C.
Osteoporosis drug therapy in women with and without hip fracture: Results from a large mail survey.PosterAmerican Society for Bone Mineral Research Meetings1999St. Louis,
An approach to improving medication use in the elderly: The role of patient education. PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings1999San Francisco, CA
Determining risk of osteoporotic fracture and falling in older women: A population-based approach.PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings1999San Francisco, CA
Age effects on the management of acute ischemic stroke and elderly patients.PosterThe Lancet – The Challenge of Stroke conference1998Montreal, Quebec
Quest religiosity, mental and physical health in a community sample of older adults.PosterGerontological Society of America Meetings1995Los Angeles, CA