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Lisa C. Barry, PhD, MPH

Academic Title
Assistant Professor
Center on Aging/Department of Psychiatry

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Research Training in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology, 2004-2007
Ph.D., Yale University Graduate School, New Haven, CT; Epidemiology and Public Health, 2000-2004
M.P.H., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Epidemiology and Public Health, 1996-1998

Epidemiology of depression in older persons
Geriatric mental health
Depression and functional status in older persons
Mobility disability
Recovery from disability
Health of older prisoners

Selected Presentations
October 15, 2015, Growing Old and Doing Time: America’s Aging Prison Population, The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Providence, RI
Barry LC, Ford J, Trestman, RL.  Double Jeopardy: Mental Illness and Poor Physical Function in Connecticut Prisoners.  Presented at the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Atlanta, GA 2012.
Barry LC, Thorpe RJ, Yaffe K, Penninx BWJH, Ayonayon H, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Simonsick EM.  Low Health Literacy and Black-White Differences in Depression Onset: Findings from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Meetings, San Diego, CA 2012.
Barry LC, Thorpe RJ, Yaffe K, Penninx BWJH, Newman AB, Simonsick EM.  Race, Depression and Performance-Based Mobility Over Time in Older Persons.  Presented at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Meetings, Los Angeles, CA 2013.
Barry LC, Trestman RL, Conwell Y.  Disability and Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners: A Pilot Study.  Poster presented at the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health.  Chicago, IL 2013.
Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y.  Disability in Prison Activities of Daily Living and Suicidal Ideation in Older Inmates. Poster presented at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Meetings, New Orleans, LA 2015.
Barry LC, Trestman RL, Wakefield DB, Conwell Y.  Suicidal Ideation in Older Inmates.  Presented at the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Boston, MA 2015.
Barry LC, Trestman RL, Wakefield DB, Conwell Y.  Factors Associated with Suicidal Ideation Among Those “Aging in Place” in Prison.  Presented at the Healthy Aging Summit, Washington, DC 2015.
Invited Talk - April 22, 2015           Mental Health in Older Persons           Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly (CAPE) Annual Symposium; Stamford, CT 

Selected Publications
Active and passive suicidal ideation in older prisoners.
Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. (in press).

A Call to Understand the Mental Health Needs of Older Prisoners. 
Barry LC, Williams BA.  Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Forum 2015; 38(1). http://www.sgim.org/File%20Library/SGIM/Resource%20Library/Forum/2015/Jan2015-08.pdf

Vitamin D Insufficiency and Abnormal Hemoglobin A1c in Black and White Older Persons. 
Kositsawat J, Kuchel G, Tooze JA, Houston DK, Cauley JA, Kritchevsky SB, Strotmeyer ES, Kanaya AK, Harris TA, Johnson KC, Barry LC.  Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 2015; 70(4): 525-531.

Comorbid mental illness and poor physical function among newly admitted inmates in Connecticut’s jails. 
Barry LC, Ford JD, Trestman RL.  Journal of Correctional Health Care, 2014;20(2): 135-144.

Race-related differences in depression onset and recovery in older persons over time: The Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. 
Barry LC, RJ Thorpe, BWJH Penninx, et al.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2014; 22(7): 682-691.

Posttraumatic stress mediates the relationship between childhood interpersonal trauma history and current mental health burden in newly incarcerated adults.
Greene CA, Ford JD, Wakefield DB, Barry LC.    Child Abuse & Neglect 2014; 38:1569-1580. 

C-reactive protein, vitamin d deficiency, and slow gait speed.
Kositsawat, Jatupol;Barry, Lisa C;Kuchel, George A (2013) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 9 (61) 1574-9

Plasma beta amyloid level and depression in older adults.
Metti, Andrea L;Cauley, Jane A;Newman, Anne B;Ayonayon, Hilsa N;Barry, Lisa C;Kuller, Lewis M;Satterfield, Suzanne;Simonsick, Eleanor M;Yaffe, Kristine(2013) The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 1 (68) 74-9

Under-treatment of depression in older persons
Barry, Lisa C;Abou, Janet J;Simen, Arthur A;Gill, Thomas M (2012) Journal of affective disorders 3 (136) 789-96

Depressive symptoms and functional transitions over time in older persons.
Barry, Lisa C;Murphy, Terrence E;Gill, Thomas M (2011) The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 9 (19) 783-91

Depression and functional recovery after a disabling hospitalization in older persons.
Barry, Lisa C;Murphy, Terrence E;Gill, Thomas M (2011) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 7 (59) 1320-5

Depressive symptoms and physical performance in the lifestyle interventions and independence for elders pilot study.
Matthews, Margaret M;Hsu, Fang-Chi;Walkup, Michael P;Barry, Lisa C;Patel, Kushang V;Blair, Steven N (2011) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 3 (59)495-500

Cognitive dysfunction with aging and the role of inflammation
Simen AA, Bordner K, Martin M, Barry LC. (2011) Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease

Longitudinal association between self-rated health and timed gait among older persons.
Martinez, Diane J;Kasl, Stanislav V;Gill, Thomas M;Barry, Lisa C (2010) The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences 6(65) 715-9

Longitudinal association between depressive symptoms and disability burden among older persons.
Barry, Lisa C;Allore, Heather G;Bruce, Martha L;Gill, Thomas M (2009) The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 12 (64)1325-32

Risk factors for disability subtypes in older persons.
Gill, Thomas M;Murphy, Terrence E;Barry, Lisa C;Allore, Heather G (2009) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 10 (57) 1850-5

Higher burden of depression among older women: the effect of onset, persistence, and mortality over time.
Barry, Lisa C;Allore, Heather G;Guo, Zhenchao;Bruce, Martha L;Gill, Thomas M (2008) Archives of general psychiatry 2 (65) 172-8

Association between angina and treatment satisfaction after myocardial infarction.
Plomondon, Mary E;Magid, David J;Masoudi, Frederick A;Jones, Philip G;Barry, Lisa C;Havranek, Edward;Peterson, Eric D;Krumholz, Harlan M;Spertus, John A;Rumsfeld, John S (2008) Journal of general internal medicine 1 (23) 1-6

Current Grants
DF14-403                                                                              Barry (PI)                                               01/01/14 – 12/31/15
The Donaghue Foundation
A Community-Based SNF for Difficult-to-Place Patients
The goal of this project is to use routinely collected data to evaluate pre-post quality-of-care and quality-of-life outcomes of patients transitioning from a State of CT-run psychiatric facility or a CT DOC facility to a specialized skilled nursing facility for difficult-to-place patients.
Role: PI

2014CAU-61                                                                        Barry (PI)                                               06/17/14 – 9/18/15
State of CT Department of Corrections         
Perceived Challenges of Providing Healthcare to Older Persons in Correctional Settings
The goal of this project is to develop evaluate corrections officers’ perceived challenges of managing older inmates and to determine priority areas to address through enhanced training. Role: PI

SRG-0-092-11                                                                      Barry (PI)                                               10/01/12 – 12/31/14
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention              
Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners: The Role of Functional Disability  
The major goal of this project is to evaluate the association between prison activities of daily living (e.g., climbing on and off the top bunk) and suicidal ideation in prisoners age 50 years and older.
Role: PI

NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program, Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
2011-2012          National Institute of Mental Health Advanced Research Institute (ARI) in Geriatric Mental Health Scholar
2012 & 2013       New Investigator Fellowship Award; National Institute on Drug Abuse & Langeloth Foundation; Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health
2013-                    Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

Book Chapters
Trestman RL & Barry LC.  Implications for Clinical Assessment for Reentry Planning and Community Based Treatment.  In: Reentry Planning for Offenders with Mental Disorders: Policy and Practice,
Volume II, Dlugacz H (Ed.) Civic Research Institute; Kingston, NJ; 2015.

Barry LC & Byers AL.  Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies for Late Life Psychopathology.  In:  Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Schaie KW & Willis SL (Eds.)  (In press).

Editorial Boards
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

Regional Boards
Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB)

UCONN Boards
Member – Vertical Teams Aligned in Learning & Scholarship (VITALS) Curriculum Reform Subcommittee

Contact Information
Phone: 860-679-6264
Fax: 860-679-7630
Email: libarry@uchc.edu

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