Jennifer Barkin, M.S., Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Community Medicine
Assistant Professor (secondary appointment), Obstetrics & Gynecology
Spotlight on MUSM Faculty: Jennifer L. Barkin, PhD 

Office phone:  478-301-2283
Location:  Mercer University School of Medicine, 1550 College Street, Macon, GA  31207
E-mail:  barkin_jl@mercer.edu

Education Background

University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh, M.S., Biostatistics
Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Statistics

Current Research

To date, my research has been primarily focused on mental health evaluation.  During my doctoral and postdoctoral training this focus was further refined to perinatal mental health including postpartum functional assessment (via the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning), perinatal and postpartum depression assessment, and the study of maternal self-care which refers to the mother’s ability and willingness to care for her own needs in the context of motherhood.  In my work with the OB/GYN department at Navicent Health and with colleagues abroad, I have begun work on projects related to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity and the study of women with high-risk pregnancies who are often affected by gestational diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.  I have been formally trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Current Research Grants

  • Co-PI, March of Dimes, Central Georgia Centering Pregnancy Program
  • Consultant/Investigator, National Institutes of Health, Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities

Recent Publications

  • Barkin, J.L., Wisner, K.L., Bromberger, J.T., Beach, S.R., Wisniewski, S.R. (2015) Factors Associated with Postpartum Maternal Functioning in Women with Positive Screens for Depression.  Journal of Women’s Health.
  • Barkin, J. L., Willis, G. B., Hawkins, K. C., Stanfill?Thomas, T., Beals, L., & Bloch, J. R. (2015). Semantic Assessment of the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning in a Medically Underserved Obstetric Population. Perspectives in psychiatric care.
  • Barkin, J. L., Wisner, K. L., & Wisniewski, S. R. (2014). The psychometric properties of the Barkin index of maternal functioning. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(6), 792-802.
  • Barkin, J. L., Bloch, J. R., Hawkins, K. C., & Thomas, T. S. (2014). Barriers to optimal social support in the postpartum period. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(4), 445-454.
  • Burka, S. D., Van Cleve, S. N., Shafer, S., & Barkin, J. L. (2014). Integration of pediatric mental health care: an evidence-based workshop for primary care providers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(1), 23-34.
  • Barkin, J. L., & Wisner, K. L. (2013). The role of maternal self-care in new motherhood. Midwifery, 29(9), 1050-1055.
  • Barkin, J. L., Wisner, K. L., Bromberger, J. T., Beach, S. R., Terry, M. A., & Wisniewski, S. R. (2010). Development of the Barkin index of maternal functioning. Journal of Women's Health, 19(12), 2239-2246.
  • Barkin, J. L., Wisner, K. L., Bromberger, J. T., Beach, S. R., & Wisniewski, S. R. (2010). Assessment of functioning in new mothers. Journal of Women's Health, 19(8), 1493-1499.
  • Kornstein, S. G., Young, E. A., Harvey, A. T., Wisniewski, S. R., Barkin, J. L., Thase, M. E., ... & Rush, A. J. (2010). The influence of menopausal status and postmenopausal use of hormone therapy on presentation of major depression in women. Menopause (New York, NY), 17(4), 828.
  • Klein, D. N., Arnow, B. A., Barkin, J. L., Dowling, F., Kocsis, J. H., Leon, A. C., ... & Wisniewski, S. R. (2009). Early adversity in chronic depression: clinical correlates and response to pharmacotherapy. Depression and anxiety, 26(8), 701-710.