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Research Professor
Allison Barlow

Departmental Affiliations

Social and Behavioral Interventions

Center & Institute Affiliations

Allison Barlow, PhD, MPH ’97, MA, works with Native American communities to co-create strengths-based programs promoting health and education equity and well-being.

Contact Info

415 N. Washington Street, 4th Floor

Research Interests

Native American health; overcoming health disparities; Family Spirit early childhood home visiting intervention; early childhood obesity prevention; suicide prevention; teen pregnancy; substance abuse prevention; adolescent health; youth entrepreneurship; Native Vision sports and life skills initiative
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Amsterdam
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Melbourne
Dartmouth College
Since 2016, I have been Director of Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, which I joined in 1991. I am also Associate Scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research and service portfolio focus on developing public health interventions with tribal communities to address behavioral and mental health disparities among Native children and families. Projects to date have spanned early childhood home-visiting to promote parenting and early child development and to address early childhood obesity; suicide, depression, and substance abuse prevention; adolescent obesity and diabetes prevention; and most recently, the promotion of youth entrepreneurship to address the twin problems of poverty and poor health trajectories. My research has produced evidence to support the effectiveness of Native community health workers to promote behavioral and mental health, overcome access barriers in low income communities and build local human capital through an indigenous workforce. I also co-founded the Native Vision program in 1997 with the NFL Players Association to promote Native youth development through the mobilization of professional and collegiate athletes to participate in camps and afterschool activities promoting education and healthy lifestyles. Further, I established with Dr. Mathu Santosham a graduate level "Public Health certificate in American Indian Health" at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in which hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native students and faculty have participated.
Dr. Barlow's education includes a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2013); an MPH from Johns Hopkins (1997); an MA pursued through a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship Award from the University of Melbourne, Australia focused on Aboriginal Studies (1990); and a BA from Dartmouth College (1986). She has received Martin Luther King Community Service/Social Justice Awards from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (2007) and Dartmouth College (2008), and the Indian Health Service Director's Award in 2013.
Honors & Awards
Indian Health Service Director's Award (2013)
Martin Luther King Community Service Award, Johns Hopkins University (2007)
Martin Luther King Social Justice Award, Dartmouth College (2008)
Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, University of Melbourne, Australia (1989-90)
Kenneth Archibald Scholar-Athlete Award, Dartmouth College (1986)
Select Publications
Selected publications spanning key areas of research over past decade
  • Cwik M, Tingey,L, Maschino A, Goklish N, Larzelere-Hinton F, Walkup J, Barlow A. (2016) Decreases in Suicide Deaths and Attempts linked to the White Mountain Apache Suicide Surveillance and Prevention System, 2001-2012. Am J Public Health. Dec;106(12):2183-2189.
  • Kenney A, Chambers RA, Rosenstock S, Neault N, Richards J, Reid R, Nelson L, Begay M, Grass R, Parker S, Barlow A. (2016) The Impact of a Home-Based Diabetes Prevention and Management Program on High-Risk American Indian Youth. Diabetes Educ. Jul 14. PMID:2742215
  • Barlow, A, Mullany, B, Neault, N, Billy, T, Hastings, R, Lorenzo, S, Kee, C, Lake, K, Redmond, C, Carter, A, Walkup, J. (2015) A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Paraprofessional Delivered, Home-Visiting Intervention: Three-Year Outcomes for American Indian Teen Mothers and Their Children. Am J Psychiatry. PMID: 25321149
  • Barlow, A, Tingey, L, Cwik, M, Goklish, N, Larzelere-Hinton, F, Lee, A, Suttle, R, Mullany, B, Walkup, J. (2012) Understanding the Relationship Between Substance Use and Self-Injury in Native American Youth. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. Sep;38(5):403-8. PMID: 22931073
  • Barlow A and Walkup J. (2008) The First Americans have much to teach us. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Aug; 27:8, 843-4. PMID: 18645415