Office#: 108 Gilchrist
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 862-2964
Other Title: Associate Department Head
Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
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Short Bio
Dr. Barry is a health behavior social scientist, with specific training and expertise in alcohol use, alcohol-induced impairment, and intoxication. Barry's research spans a variety of content areas associated with the assessment and measurement alcohol-related behaviors, such as impaired driving and intoxication, protective behavioral strategies to minimize intoxication, and measurement of alcohol-related behaviors (e.g., use of single-item scales, visual cues of intoxication). His research examining impaired driving has been previously funded by national entities such as the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety. In addition, he also specializes in the health of student service members/veterans in higher education. For example, he has served as Principal Investigator on an NIAAA funded grant that explores whether student veterans' alcohol-related cognitions and patterns of use differ from those of their non-military peers, as well as whether they also experience a greater proportion of negative outcomes (mental health, social, and academic) as a result of their alcohol use.

Barry's work has garnered both national and international attention. He has been a featured guest on prominent live television news programs in the United States, such as CNN, as well as the Canadian national news program CTV. Online and print media outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, and NBC News have also featured his work.

Peer-reviewed outlets publishing his scholarly work include esteemed journals such as Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, and Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. His research also appears in prominent outlets for his discipline, such as American Journal of Public Health, Health Education & Behavior, and Journal of School Health.

In recognition of his scholarship and productivity, Dr. Barry has received early career distinctions, such as the Society for Public Health Education's Horizon Award, as well as faculty research awards from his academic departments at the University of Florida and Texas A&M University. In 2019, Dr. Barry was named a Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University (TAMU), one of the most prestigious scholar awards presented by TAMU. Dr. Barry is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Dr. Barry currently serves as the Associate Department Head for the Department of Health & Kinesiology (HLKN), a unit consisting of over 100 full-time faculty, over 20 full-time staff, over 330 graduate students, and approximately 3200 undergraduate students. In this role, he oversees the departmental budget, assist in the management of day-to-day operations, and manages faculty affairs and the tenure and promotion process. Previously (from 2015 to 2016) he served as Chair of Graduate Education Programs, overseeing 300+ graduate students across all academic programs (health education, kinesiology, and sports management) in the department. From 2016-2018, he served as Division Chair of Health Education, the largest academic unit in HLKN. In this role he facilitated the day-to-day coordination of approximately 23 full-time faculty members, created a teaching schedule to accommodate more than 1,500 undergraduate students, and was primary contact for any personnel or student-related issues arising in the Division. Dr. Barry was named an Administrative Fellow with the Office of the Dean of Faculties for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.
Research Interests
Alcohol Impairment
Alcohol-Related Behaviors
Population Health (Student Service Members/Veterans)
Popultation Health (College Students)
Alcohol-Induced Impairment & Intoxication
Selected Publications
Rossheim, M.E., Barry, A.E., Thombs, D.L., Weiler, R.M., Krall, J.R., Stephenson, C.J., Walters, S.T., Reed, M.B., Clapp, J.D., Suzuki, S., Barnett, T.E. & Cannell, M.B. (2017). Factors associated with self-estimated breath alcohol concentration among bar patrons. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 41(8), 1492-1501.
Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L. Weiler, R.M., Barry, A.E., Suzuki, S., Walters, S.T., Barnett, T.E., Paxton, R.J., Pealer, L.N. & Cannell, B. (2016). Alcohol mixed with energy drink: Use may be a consequence of heavy drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 57, 55-61.
Barry, A.E. & Dennis, M.E. (2014). Methodological and practical limitations to visually determining intoxication. Addiction, 109(5), 851-853.
Barry, A.E., Weiler, R. & Dennis, M.E. (2014). "Obvious intoxication" isn't so obvious. Addictive Behaviors, 39(6), 1050-1051.
Barry, A.E., Chaney, B.H., Stellefson, M.L. & Dodd, V.J. (2013). Validating the ability of a single-item assessing drunkenness to detect hazardous drinking. American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 39(5), 320-325.
Barry, A.E., Stellefson, M.L., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Chaney, B.H. & Dodd, V.J. (2013). The impact of pregaming on subsequent blood alcohol concentrations: An event-level analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 38(8), 2374-2377.
Impaired Driving
Selected Publications
Rossheim, M., Weiler, R., Barnett, T. Suzuki, S., Walters, S., Barry, A.E., Cannell, B., Pealer, L., Moorhouse, M., Zhang, Q., Thombs, D. (2015). Self-efficacy to drive while intoxicated: Insights into the persistence of alcohol-impaired driving. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 39(8), 1547-1554.
Woolsey, C., Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., Barry, A.E., Jacobson, B.H., Evans, M.W. (2015). Combined use of alcohol and energy drinks increases participation in high-risk drinking and driving behaviors among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(4), 615-619.
Barry, A.E. Chaney, B.H., Stellefson, M.L. (2013). Breath Alcohol Concentrations (BrAC) of Designated Drivers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(4), 509-513.
Barry, A.E., & Dennis, M. (2011). A comparison of actual and perceived drinking problems among driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 55(1), 53-69.
Alcohol Initiation
Selected Publications
Barry, A.E., King, J.L., Sears, C., Harville, C., Bondoc, I. & Joseph, K. (2016). Prioritizing alcohol prevention: Establishing alcohol as the gateway substance and linking age of first drink with illicit substance use. Journal of School Health, 86(1), 31-38.
Kirby, T. & Barry, A.E. (2012). Alcohol as a gateway drug: A study of U.S. 12th graders. Journal of School Health, 82(8), 371-379.
Student Service Members/Veterans
Selected Publications
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2014). Student service members/veterans in higher education: A systematic review. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 30-42.
Whiteman, S. D., Barry, A. E., Mroczek, D.K. & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2013). The development and implications of peer emotional support for student service members/veterans and civilian college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(2), 265-278.
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2012). Implications of posttraumatic stress among military affiliated and civilian students. Journal of American College Health, 60(8), 562-573.
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Hitt, S.F. (2012). The alcohol use and associated mental health problems of veterans and student service members in higher education. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 19(5), 415-425.
Whiteman, S.D. & Barry, A.E. (2011). A comparative analysis of student service member/veteran and civilian student drinking
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Amuta-Jimenez, A.O., Lo, C., Khan, N., Talwar, D. & Barry, A.E. (2019). Food label literacy and use among U.S. adults diagnosed with cancer: Results from a national representative study. Journal of Cancer Education, 34(5), 1000-1009. *

2. Apostolopoulos, Y., Hassmiller Lich, K., Lemke, M. & Barry, A.E., (2018). A complex-systems paradigm can lead to evidence-based policymaking and impactful action in substance misuse prevention [48]13 A rejoinder to Purshouse et al. (2018). Addiction, 113(6), 1155-1156.

3. Barry, A.E., Padon, A.A., Whiteman, S.D., Hicks, K.K., Carreon, A.K., Crowell, J.R., Willingham, K.L. & Merianos A.L. (2018). Alcohol advertising on social media: Examining the impact of popular brands on Instagram. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(14), 2413-2420.

4. Barry, A.E., Valdez, D., Padon, A. & Russell, A. (2018). Alcohol advertising on Twitter - A topic model. American Journal of Health Education, 49(4), 256-263.

5. Chen, X., Goodson, P., Acosta, S., Barry, A. E., & McKyer, E.L.J. (2018). Assessing health literacy among Chinese speakers in the U.S. with limited English proficiency. Health Literacy Research and Practice, 2(2), e94-e106.

6. Mkuu, R.S., Barry, A.E., Montiel Ishino, F.A. & Amuta, A.O. (2018). Examining characteristics of recorded and unrecorded alcohol consumers in Kenya. BMC Public Health, 18, 1058.

7. Menaker, B., Barry, A.E. & Howell, S.M. (2018). Identifying the influence of opponent ranking and game characteristics on alcohol-related stadium ejections. Journal of Primary Prevention, 39(2), 117-128.

8. Southwell, K.H., Whiteman, S.D., MacDermid Wadsworth, S.M. & Barry, A.E. (2018). The Use of university services and student retention: Differential links for student service members/veterans and civilian students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 19(4), 394-412.

9. Apostolopoulos, Y., Lemke, M., Barry, A.E., Lich, K.H. (2018). Moving college drinking prevention research forward [48]13 Part II: New directions grounded in community-based system dynamics modeling. Addiction, 113(2), 363-371.

10. Apostolopoulos, Y., Lemke, M., Barry, A.E., Lich, K.H. (2018). Moving college drinking prevention research forward [48]13 Part I: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Addiction, 113(2), 353-362

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Rahma S. Mkuu (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Olunfunto Anuoluwa Olusanya (Fall, 2018), Ph.D.
Zachary A. Jackson (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Alex Michael Russell (Summer, 2020), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions
Served in the following editorial capacities.
Executive Editor - Journal of American College Health (2013 - 2017)
Peer-Reviewer (Alcohol-Related Journals)
Manuscript reviewer for the following journals related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Drug & Alcohol Review
Drugs: Education, Prevention, & Policy
Journal of Substance Use
Substance Abuse
Peer-Reviewer (Health-Related Journals)
Manuscript reviewer for the following journals related to health education.
American Journal of Health Promotion
Health Education & Behavior
Journal of School Health
Prevention Science
Editorial Positions

Editor (2013 - 2017). Journal of American College Health

Media Coverage
Live and Recorded Television Appearances
CNN (live segment aired April 28, 2013): Saving Calories for Booze Binges
CTV National News Canada (televised segment aired June 10, 2013): Designated drivers often drink anyway, U.S. study finds
Media Coverage
Selected Online/Print Features
Los Angeles Times (published August 23, 2013): 'Drunkorexia' is a behavior that doesn't work, health experts say
The Atlantic (published March 27, 2013): Road to 'Drunkorexia'
The New York Times (published 10, 2013): Designated drivers often drink
NBC News (published 10, 2013): Buzzkill: Almost 40 percent of designated drivers drink
CNN Health (published June 10, 2013): Your designated driver might have been drinking
Los Angeles Times (published June 11, 2013): Is your designated driver drunk?
The Raw Story (published July 5, 2012): The 'gateway drug' is alcohol, not marijuana
Professional Affiliations
Member of the following professional organizations.
American Public Health Association (2013 - Current)
American Academy of Health Behavior (2011 - Current)
Society for Public Health Education (2006 - Current)
American College Health Association (2005 - Current)
Presidential Impact Fellow (2019) - "The Presidential Impact Faculty Fellows is one of the most prestigious scholar impact awards presented to Texas A&M Faculty." The award is in "recognition of the scholarship, personal commitment, and global impact awardees are making as they rise to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrate impact."
Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior (2018) - "The mission of the American Academy of Health Behavior is to serve as the 'research home' for health behavior scholars and researchers whose primary commitment is to excellence in research and the application of research to practice to improve the public's health."
Mentorship Award (2018) - Recognizes professional "who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship by dedicating time, knowledge, and energy for the purposes of guiding, nurturing, and supporting mentees. The focus of this award is on activities that enhance the mentees' research skills, products, and careers (both academic and professional)." Awarded by the American Academy of Health Behavior.
Thomas A. & Joan C. Read Faculty Fellowship (2016-2018) - Recognizes outstanding teaching, research, service and professional development activities by a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development.
Early Career Research Award (2017) - "Recognizes College of Education & Human Performance (CEHD) faculty members who are in the early stages of their career (no later than10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree) and have made significant contributions to research in their field." Awarded by the CEHD at Texas A&M University.
Armstrong Scholar Award (2016) - "In recognition of high impact research and scholarship in Health & Kinesiology". Awarded by the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.
Outstanding New Faculty Award (2015) - Awarded to faculty who have been employed in the College of Education & Human Performance (CEHD) no longer than three years and demonstrated "outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. Significant professional contributions to CEHD programs and departmental activities should also be evident." Awarded by the CEHD at Texas A&M University.
Horizon Award (2014) - "The Horizon Award recognizes early career health educators who have distinguished themselves as promising health educators through leadership, creativity, involvement in the profession, and health education practice in their setting." Awarded by the Society for Public Health Education.
Faculty Research Award (2014, 2012) - Recognizes the departmental faculty member with outstanding research productivity and contributions throughout the academic year. Awarded by the Department of Health Education & Behavior at the University of Florida.

(2017). CEHD Early Career Research Award. 

(2016). Armstrong Research Scholar.  Armstrong

(2014). Faculty Research Award.  UF Dept of Health Education and Behaviour

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