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Care and Connect Lab

Principle Investigator: Dr. Robin A. Barry

University of Wyoming
Department of Psychology, Dept. 3415
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 223-5219





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Opportunities for Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) are welcome to apply and join the Care and Connect Lab. Undergraduates can help directly with Dr. Barry's work helping those with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias, Caregivers who provide services for those who cannot help themselves, and Prisoners within Wyoming. 


Interested in joining the Care and Connect Lab?

Fill out the lab application here.

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Current Grant-Funded Projects

  • Enhancing dementia-capable Wyoming through community partnerships​

  • Evidence-based practices in education & psychosocial programming for prisoners: A study of approaches & modes of delivery in state & federal prisons​

    Additional Areas of Interest: ​​

    Couple & Family Psychology, interpersonal disengagement​

Community Partnerships

  • WYCOA; a community outreach to assist the older residents of Wyoming.
  • T-Care; a referral network based in assisting caregivers and their care-receivers.
  • Share; a Care-Planning Program for families facing an early-stage dementia diagnosis.

More information on Dr. Robin Barry


Ph.D.        2010               University of Iowa, Clinical Psychology, APA Accredited

Internship 2010               Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, APA Accredited

M.A.          2005               University of Iowa, Clinical Psychology

B.A.           1996               University of Michigan, Political Science and Communication 


2016 – present               University of Wyoming, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

2016 –present                Wyoming Center on Aging, University of Wyoming, Program Evaluator

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program from Health Service and Resources Administration (2016 – present)

Evidence Based Programs Planning Grant from AmeriCorps State and National Planning Grant (2018 – present)

2010 – 2016                    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Current grants


2018 – 2021                    $866,453, Administration for Community Living, AoA – Alzheimer’s Disease Program Initiative

Enhancing Dementia-Capable Wyoming through Community Partnerships,Principal Investigator

2018 – 2019                    $25,000 University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences

Seed Grant, Evidence-Based Practices in Education and Psychosocial Programming for Prisoners: A Study of Approaches and Modes of Delivery in State and Federal Prisons. Co-Investigator

2018                               $10,000 Wyoming Humanities Council

Public Humanities in Prison: A Wyoming Pathways from Prison Initiative. Co-Investigator

Recent Publications

Barry, R. A., Barden, E., &Dubac, C. (accepted for publication). Pulling away: Links among disengaged couple communication, relationship distress, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology.

Lorenzo, J. M., Barry, R.A., & Khalifian, C. E. (2018). More or less: Social support and individual and relational well-being in newlyweds. Journal of Family Psychology. doi: 10.1037/fam0000440.

LaMotte, A. D., Meis, L. A., Winters, J. J., Barry, R. A., & Murphy, C. M. (2018). Relationship problems among men in treatment for engaging in intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 33, pp. 75-82. doi:10.1007/s10896-017-9920-9.

Lamotte, A. D., Khalifian, C. E., & Barry, R. A., (2017). Newlyweds' perceptions of partner conflict behaviors and change in intimate safety over time. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, pp. 123-128. doi:10.1037/fam0000244.

Khalifian, C. E., Murphy, C. M., Barry, R. A., & Herman, B. (2016). Skills for Healthy Adult Relationships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (SHARe@UMBC): Program development and preliminary data. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516662303

Khalifian, C. E. & Barry, R. A. (2016). Trust, attachment and mindfulness influence intimacy and disengagement during newlyweds’ discussions of relationship transgressions. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, pp. 592-601. doi:10.1037/fam0000194.

Barden, E. P., Barry, R. A., Khalifian, C. E., & Bates, J. M. (2016). Sociocultural influences on positive affect: Social support adequacy from ones’ spouse and the intersections of race and SES.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 455-470.

Brock, R. L., Barry, R. A., Lawrence, E., Rolffs, J., Dey, J., & Langer, A. (2015). Online administration of questionnaires assessing psychological, physical, and sexual aggression: Establishing psychometric equivalence. Psychology of Violence, 5, 294-304. 

Barry, R. A. & Lawrence, E. (2013). “Don’t stand so close to me”: An attachment perspective of disengagement and avoidance in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 484-494. doi: 10.1037/a0032867

Brock, R. L., Barry, R. A., Lawrence, E., Dey, J., Rolffs, J. (2012). Internet administration of paper-and-pencil questionnaires used in couple research: Assessing psychometric equivalence. Assessment, 19, 226-242.

Veenstra, A. L., Lakey, B., Cohen, J. L., Neely, L. C., Orehek, E., Barry, R. A., & Abeare, C.A. (2011). Forecasting the specific providers that recipients will perceive as uniquely supportive. Personal Relationships, 14, 677-696.

Erbes, C. R., Arbisi, P. A., Kehle, S. M., Ferrier-Auerbach, A. G., Barry, R. A., & Polusny, M. A. (2011). The distinctiveness of hardiness, positive emotionality, and negative emotionality in National Guard soldier. Journal of Research in Personality, 45,508-512.

Lawrence, E., Barry, R. A., Brock, R. L., Bunde, M., Langer, A., Ro, E., Fazio, E., Mulryan, L., Hunt, S., Madsen, L., & Dzankovic, S. (2011). The Relationship Quality Interview: Evidence for reliability, convergent and divergent validity, and incremental validity. Psychological Assessment, 23, 44-63.

Kochanska, G., Sanghag, K., Barry, R. A., & Philibert, R. A. (2011). Children’s genotypes interact with maternal responsive care in predicting competence: Diathesis-stress or differential susceptibility? Development and Psychopathology, 23, 605-616.

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