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Emily A Barr

Emily A Barr, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CNM

Assistant Professor
Department of Research
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Emily Barr, assistant pressor of research on the tenure track, joined the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth in Houston in January of 2022. Emily Barr grew up near Rochester, NY and completed her bachelor’s in science in Communication Arts with a focus on scientific writing and a minor in African American studies at Cornell University. After working with infants and young children living with HIV in the early 90’s she obtained her master’s in nursing at Yale University where she specialized in pediatric chronic illness care. She began working as a PNP in pediatric HIV research at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY in 1997 where she cared for women, children, and youth living with HIV and children with primary immunodeficiency disease. Dr. Barr became a certified nurse midwife through SUNY Stony Brook in 1999 and began leading the perinatal AIDS research program in Syracuse, NY.  She worked on the early pediatric HIV treatment studies through the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group and later became involved in the International Maternal, Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials group (IMPAACT), Adolescent Trials Network (ATN), Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN). Dr. Barr joined the team at the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s HIV program as a PNP and Midwife in 2001 where she worked on many international HIV studies while continuing to provide care to people living with HIV. Since 2008, Dr. Barr managed and directed the HIV treatment and prevention, childhood vaccine, and the COVID-19 research program. She obtained her PhD from the University of Colorado College of Nursing (2021) where she was a student in the Caring Science track with a concentration in Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Barr’s research focuses on young adults transitioning from adolescent to adult HIV care, pregnant and post-partum women living with HIV, patient-provider trust, engagement in care, vaccine uptake, and telehealth used as an intervention to support linkage and retention in care. Furthermore, she is interested in studying ways telehealth could facilitate the treatment and prevention of substance use and misuse in people living with and at risk for HIV.