Associate Professor and Associate Department Head, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 314C Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 862-2964
Other Title: Chair - Division of Health Education
Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
Vita: View Document
Short Bio
Dr. Barry is a health behavior social scientist, with specific training and expertise in alcohol use, alcohol-induced impairment, and intoxication. Barry's research spans a variety of content areas associated with the assessment and measurement alcohol-related behaviors, such as impaired driving and intoxication, protective behavioral strategies to minimize intoxication, and measurement of alcohol-related behaviors (i.e., use of single-item scales, visual cues of intoxication). His research examining impaired driving has been previously funded by national entities such as the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety. In addition, he also specializes in the health of student service members/veterans in higher education. For example, he has served as Principal Investigator on an NIAAA funded grant that explores whether student veterans' alcohol-related cognitions and patterns of use differ from those of their non-military peers, as well as whether they also experience a greater proportion of negative outcomes (mental health, social, and academic) as a result of their alcohol use.

Barry's work has garnered both national and international attention. He has been a featured guest on prominent live television news programs in the United States, such as CNN, as well as the Canadian national news program CTV. Online and print media outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, and NBC News have also featured his work.

Peer-reviewed outlets publishing his scholarly work include esteemed journals in his discipline, such as American Journal of Public Health, Health Education & Behavior, and Journal of School Health, as well as leading journals in his research content area, such as Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, and Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

Dr. Barry is also an actively engaged professional, serving as a manuscript reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals associated with both his discipline and research area. As a result of his expertise in alcohol use/abuse among college populations, he served as Executive Editor for the Journal of American College Health for five years (2013-2017) and has previously chaired the American College Health Association's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Coalition.

In recognition of his scholarship and productivity, Dr. Barry has received early career distinctions, such as the Society for Public Health Education's Horizon Award, as well as faculty research awards from his academic departments at the University of Florida and Texas A&M University.
Alcohol-Induced Impairment & Intoxication
Selected Publications
Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L. Weiler, R.M., Barry, A.E., Suzuki, S., Walters, S.T., Barnett, T.E., Paxton, R.J., Pealer, L.N. & Cannell, B. (2016). Alcohol mixed with energy drink: Use may be a consequence of heavy drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 57, 55-61.
Barry, A.E. & Dennis, M.E. (2014). Methodological and practical limitations to visually determining intoxication. Addiction, 109(5), 851-853.
Barry, A.E., Weiler, R. & Dennis, M.E. (2014). "Obvious intoxication" isn't so obvious. Addictive Behaviors, 39(6), 1050-1051.
Barry, A.E., Chaney, B.H., Stellefson, M.L. & Dodd, V.J. (2013). Validating the ability of a single-item assessing drunkenness to detect hazardous drinking. American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 39(5), 320-325.
Barry, A.E., Stellefson, M.L., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Chaney, B.H. & Dodd, V.J. (2013). The impact of pregaming on subsequent blood alcohol concentrations: An event-level analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 38(8), 2374-2377.
Impaired Driving
Selected Publications
Rossheim, M., Weiler, R., Barnett, T. Suzuki, S., Walters, S., Barry, A.E., Cannell, B., Pealer, L., Moorhouse, M., Zhang, Q., Thombs, D. (2015). Self-efficacy to drive while intoxicated: Insights into the persistence of alcohol-impaired driving. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 39(8), 1547-1554.
Woolsey, C., Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., Barry, A.E., Jacobson, B.H., Evans, M.W. (2015). Combined use of alcohol and energy drinks increases participation in high-risk drinking and driving behaviors among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(4), 615-619.
Barry, A.E. Chaney, B.H., Stellefson, M.L. (2013). Breath Alcohol Concentrations (BrAC) of Designated Drivers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(4), 509-513.
Barry, A.E., & Dennis, M. (2011). A comparison of actual and perceived drinking problems among driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 55(1), 53-69.
Alcohol Initiation
Selected Publications
Barry, A.E., King, J.L., Sears, C., Harville, C., Bondoc, I. & Joseph, K. (2016). Prioritizing alcohol prevention: Establishing alcohol as the gateway substance and linking age of first drink with illicit substance use. Journal of School Health, 86(1), 31-38.
Kirby, T. & Barry, A.E. (2012). Alcohol as a gateway drug: A study of U.S. 12th graders. Journal of School Health, 82(8), 371-379.
Student Service Members/Veterans
Selected Publications
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2014). Student service members/veterans in higher education: A systematic review. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 30-42.
Whiteman, S. D., Barry, A. E., Mroczek, D.K. & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2013). The development and implications of peer emotional support for student service members/veterans and civilian college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(2), 265-278.
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2012). Implications of posttraumatic stress among military affiliated and civilian students. Journal of American College Health, 60(8), 562-573.
Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Hitt, S.F. (2012). The alcohol use and associated mental health problems of veterans and student service members in higher education. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 19(5), 415-425.
Whiteman, S.D. & Barry, A.E. (2011). A comparative analysis of student service member/veteran and civilian student drinking
Research Interests
Alcohol Impairment
Alcohol-Related Behaviors
Population Health (Student Service Members/Veterans)
Popultation Health (College Students)
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part II: New directions grounded in community-based system dynamics modeling. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13953.

2. Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part I: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13955.

3. Jacobs, W., Goodson,P., Barry, A.E., McLeroy, K.R., McKyer, E.L., Valente, T.W. (2016). Adolescent Social Networks and Alcohol Use: Variability by Gender and Type. Substance Use and Misuse. Published online December 23, 2016:

4. Barry, A.E. (2016). Alcohol advertising influences underage brand-specific drinking: Evidence of a linear dose-response relationship. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42(1), 1-3.

5. Barry, A.E. & Merianos, A.L. (2016). Alcohol as food/calories. Current Addiction Reports, 3, 85-90.

6. Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S.D. & Cremeens-Matthews, J. (2016). Alcohol-attributable calories consumed as a result of binge drinking: A national survey of drinkers in the United States. Substance Use & Misuse, 51(7), 932-936.

7. Barry, A.E., Bates, A.M., Olusanya, O., Vinal, C.E., Martins, E., Peoples, J.E., Jackson, Z.A., Billinger, S.A., Yusuf, A., Cauley, D.A. & Montano, J.R. (2016). Alcohol marketing on Twitter an Instagram: Evidence of directly advertising to youth/adolescents. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 51(4), 487-492

8. Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L. Weiler, R.M., Barry, A.E., Suzuki, S., Walters, S.T., Barnett, T.E., Paxton, R.J., Pealer, L.N. & Cannell, B. (2016). Alcohol mixed with energy drink: Use may be a consequence of heavy drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 57, 55-61.

9. Barry, A.E., Jackson, Z., Watkins, D.C., Goodwill, J.R. & Hunte, H.E. (2016). Alcohol use and mental health conditions among black college males: Do those attending postsecondary minority institutions fare better than those at primarily white institutions? American Journal of Men[48]19s Health, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1557988316674840

10. Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E. & Merianos, A.L. (2016). Assessing drinking and academic performance among a nationally representative sample of college students. Journal of Drug Issues, 46(4), 347-353.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

PESCA: In Search of Impactful Alcohol Misuse Reduction Policies in College Environments: A Community-Based System Dynamics Modeling Approach. (Co-PI)
TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research (State)
2017/05/01 - 2018/04/30
Total Funding: 25,000.

Catapult Round 3 - Sport-For-Development (S4D) in the Developing World (Funded amount $30,000). (Co-PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/12/01 - 2018/05/31
Total Funding: 0.
Editorial Positions
Served in the following editorial capacities.
Executive Editor - Journal of American College Health (2013 - Current)
Peer-Reviewer (Alcohol-Related Journals)
Manuscript reviewer for the following journals related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Drug & Alcohol Review
Drugs: Education, Prevention, & Policy
Journal of Substance Use
Substance Abuse
Peer-Reviewer (Health-Related Journals)
Manuscript reviewer for the following journals related to health education.
American Journal of Health Promotion
Health Education & Behavior
Journal of School Health
Prevention Science
Editorial Positions

editor (2014 - ). Journal of American College Health

Media Coverage
Live and Recorded Television Appearances
CNN (live segment aired April 28, 2013): Saving Calories for Booze Binges
CTV National News Canada (televised segment aired June 10, 2013): Designated drivers often drink anyway, U.S. study finds
Media Coverage
Selected Online/Print Features
Los Angeles Times (published August 23, 2013): 'Drunkorexia' is a behavior that doesn't work, health experts say
The Atlantic (published March 27, 2013): Road to 'Drunkorexia'
The New York Times (published 10, 2013): Designated drivers often drink
NBC News (published 10, 2013): Buzzkill: Almost 40 percent of designated drivers drink
CNN Health (published June 10, 2013): Your designated driver might have been drinking
Los Angeles Times (published June 11, 2013): Is your designated driver drunk?
The Raw Story (published July 5, 2012): The 'gateway drug' is alcohol, not marijuana
Professional Affiliations
Member of the following professional organizations.
American Public Health Association (2013 - Current)
American Academy of Health Behavior (2011 - Current)
Society for Public Health Education (2006 - Current)
American College Health Association (2005 - Current)

(2016). Armstrong Research Scholar.  Armstrong

(2014). Faculty Research Award.  UF Dept of Health Education and Behaviour

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