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Emily A. Barr


Assistant Professor

Department of Research


Emily Barr, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CNM, FAAN, assistant pressor of research on the tenure track, joined Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth 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. Dr. Barr managed and directed the HIV treatment and prevention, childhood vaccine, and the COVID-19 research program in Colorado, and obtained her Ph.D. 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 studies engagement in care in youth with HIV, and breastfeeding in pregnant and postpartum people with HIV, including the relational decision-making process. Dr. Barr also studies novel vaccine acceptance and uptake with a focus on patient-provider trust and intellectual humility as they relate to the healthcare decision-making process. 

Dr. Barr was awarded the Researcher/HIV Impact Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (2022) and inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2023).

Highlighted publications:

Barr EA, Raybin JL, Dunlevy H, Abuogi L, Jones J. Transition From Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Care to Adult HIV Care and the Patient-Provider Relationship: A Qualitative MetasynthesisJ Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2022;33(2):132-154. 

Barr, Emily Anne. Vespers: A nursing origin story set in the dawn of the HIV pandemic. AIDS 38(6):p 925-927, May 01, 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003873

Barr, E.A., Abuogi, L.L., Smith,C.A review of updated guidelines on breastfeeding with Human Immunodeficiency Virus using relational decision-making and intellectual humility to support infant feeding choices, Nursing Clinics of North America,2024,


University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora, CO

University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora, CO
Certificate – Nursing Education

University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora, CO
Certificate – Caritas Coach Educational Program

SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Post-Master’s in Nurse Midwifery

Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
-PNP -Chronic Illness Track with Honors

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
BS – Communication Arts - Scientific Writing
African American Studies – Minor concentration
-Dean’s List

Clinical/Research Focus

Dr. Barr’s research examines young adults transitioning from adolescent to adult HIV care and pregnant, post-partum, and breastfeeding/chest feeding people living with HIV. Her focus is on building patient-provider trust to support engagement in care, and patient activation. She is exploring telehealth use to support linkage and retention in care in people living with HIV. Furthermore, she is studying the concept of silver linings and health outcomes in people with HIV.


See publications on National Center for Biotechnology Information website.