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Robin Barry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Caregiving, Couple and Family Relationships and Individual Well-being

Clinical Psychology

** Dr. Barry is currently accepting graduate students

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2010

M.A., University of Iowa, 2005

B.A., University of Michigan, 1996
; 307-223-5219; Biological Science Building 128

Research Interests

My current research primarily focuses on informal (family) caregiving. I am interested in developing, adapting, and implementing intervention programs to improve the lives of informal caregivers and their care recipients.

I also continue to research broader processes that contribute to couple and family relationship health and how these relationships impact individual well-being. A major emphasis of my work has been romantic disengagement -- distancing from one’s partner within specific contexts (e.g., conflict) or more globally (i.e., growing apart over time). I have developed and validated theoretically informed measures of romantic disengagement and other relationship constructs (emotional intimacy, social support receipt), elucidated factors that determine whether individuals will disengage from partners during specific discussions, and demonstrated how disengagement during specific interactions contributes to a process of relationship decline over time. In addition to contributing to relationship decline, romantic disengagement interferes with individuals’ ability to experience the emotion and behavior regulatory benefits of romantic relationships.

A major goal of my research program is to develop, adapt, implement and study the implementation and dissemination of programs and interventions aimed at promote individual and relationship health and well-being. Applications of my research have included intimate partner violence prevention, and most recently, informal caregivers.


Care and Connect Lab

Academic Positions

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

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

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


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General Psychology
Research Methods
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Seminar in Romantic Relationships

Representative 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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