Kristen Lawton Berry, Ph.D. a Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and was the Associate Director of Department of Veterans Affairs National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center (SMITREC) from 1996-2008. She has a number of active and pending NIH university-based grants and VA grants. Dr. Barry’s primary research foci include: substance use screening and brief interventions in emergency and primary care medical care settings; substance use problems in older adults; and treatment efficacy for adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She was the Chair of the SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) # 34, “Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse”. She has extensive experience developing curriculum for research and training projects. She has developed curriculum on substance use for the NIAAA targeting training of medical personnel and social workers.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Barry’s health services research interests include alcohol screening and brief interventions in ambulatory care settings, and mental health service utilization and patient outcomes.
Biggest effect came from brief talk with a counselor, but “virtual therapist” on tablet also shows promise in reducing use of illegal drugs and misuse of prescription drugs
- Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin
- M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin
- B.S., Social Work, University of Wisconsin