David H. BarkerAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Dr. Barker is a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. in Pediatric Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 2010. He completed his internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. His research is focused on the social context of health behaviors in pediatric populations, applied statistical modeling in pediatric psychology, and individual-participant-data meta-analysis.
My research focuses on the social context of health behaviors in pediatric populations and applying modern statistical modeling approaches to research questions in child and pediatric psychology. This multidisciplinary work has been with a number of pediatric populations including children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, mental health samples, children with sensorineural hearing loss, and HIV-prevention with at-risk youth. My current projects include integrating individual-participant-data from 5 adolescent HIV-prevention trials among adolescents with mental health concerns to identify which prevention approach works best for particular subsets of youth; and evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of an in-clinic peer-group for adolescents living with HIV in Kumasi, Ghana.
Comparative Efficacy of HIV-Prevention among Youth with Mental Health Needs
This 5-year training award combines information from five trials of HIV-prevention programs designed for youth with mental health concerns. Modern analytic modeling techniques will be used to identify and describe youth who respond or do not respond to current programs. Results will help policymakers better match prevention programs to the needs of specific subpopulations of vulnerable youth.
Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research ("CFAR") Initial AIDS Research Award
PI: D.H. Barker 5/7/2014 – 5/7/2015
Mentor: L.K. Brown
Improving Adolescent HIV treatment adherence through the use of peer-led adherence teams
This international CFAR Developmental Award is a pilot program to evaluate the utility of assigning HIV-infected youth to treatment adherence teams. Teams will be assigned the same schedule for follow-up appointments, and they will be provided with HIV education and team building exercises while they wait for their appointment. The project will be run through the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. The international PI is Anthony Enimil, DPDM, director of the Adolescent HIV Clinic at KATH.