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Erin R Barnett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

The Dartmouth Institute

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Grant Information:

A. Current Support

US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1H79SM081151-01 Barnett (PI) 10/1/18-9/30/21
Upstream Upper Valley: Increasing early childhood mental health and trauma awareness among community health
and service providers
The Upstream project will provide evidence-based mental health and trauma training and consultation
to health, community, and service professionals serving young children and families across 3 counties in NH
and VT. Our primary goal is to increase the capacity for identification of trauma and mental health needs in young
children and link families to needed services. $369,673

US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime Barnett (PI) 10/1/18-9/30/21
Moving Upstream: Building a Trauma-Informed Community Response for Our Youngest Victims of the
Opioid Crisis in Cheshire County
Our overall goal is to enhance our community response to children ages 0-8 years victimized by
our opioid crisis through expert training, consultation and coalition activities that implement trauma-sensitive
practices across multiple sectors serving young children and families across the county. $436,119

B. Past Support

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Barnett (PI) 8/1/17 – 7/31/18
Developing Patient-Driven Research to Improve the Psychiatric Care of Youth in Foster Care
The goal of this PCORI project is to build community engagement and capacity toward the generation of comparative
effectiveness research ideas that build and evaluate patient-driven psychiatric practices for youth in foster care.
Pipeline to Proposal: Tier II. Role: PI $24,633

NH Innovation Research Center, Granite State Technology Innovation Grant Stanger (PI) 11/1/17 – 6/30/18
UNH 18-014
Integrating Coaches to Promote Engagement with an M-Health Collaborative Care App
The research collaboration seeks to test such a modification of an existing m-health collaborative care app
(Proxi) to include Mobile Coaches (MCs) to promote user engagement and maximize its utility for use with youth
aging out of foster care. Role: co-I $70,000

DHHS Administration for Children and Families Mullen, Jankowski (co-PIs) 10/1/13 – 9/30/18
The NH Adoption Preparation and Preservation Project
The goal of this 5-year demonstration grant is to improve adoption stability for youth in NH through trauma-
informed workforce development. Role: Research Associate $2.5 million

DHHS Administration for Children and Families Jankowski ( PI) 10/1/12 – 9/30/17
The Partners for Change Project: Improving Well-Being for Youth in the NH Child Welfare System
The goal of this 5-year demonstration grant is to improve the well-being of children in the NH child welfare
and juvenile justice system through trauma-informed workforce development with child welfare and mental
health staff. Role: Research Associate $3.25 million

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Barnett (PI) 8/1/16 – 4/30/17
Developing Patient-Driven Research to Improve the Psychiatric Care of Youth in Foster Care
The goal of this PCORI project is to build community engagement and capacity toward the generation of
comparative effectiveness research ideas that build and evaluate patient-driven psychiatric practices for
youth in foster care. Pipeline to Proposal: Tier 1. Role: PI $14,926

Neil and Louise Tillotson Foundation Barnett (PI) 7/1/16 – 6/30/17
Building a model of coordinated care toward safe and effective psychotropic medications for vulnerable
children in Coos County
The goal of the study is to develop and pilot-test a protocol that facilitates team discussions and decisions
centered on individual children regarding the use of psychotropic medications and other wellness topics.
Role: PI $68,305

Gary Tucker Jr Award, Psychiatry, Dartmouth Barnett (PI) 7/1/15 – 6/30/16
Our Minds Our Choice: Developing and Piloting an Option Grid around Interventions for Complex Behavior
Problems in Children
The goal of this project was to develop - with parents, clinicians, and stakeholders - and pilot-test a 1 page
Option Grid decision aid to improve decision-making related to the use of various classes of medications
and therapy for children’s complex behavior problems. Role: PI $19,993

Unfunded Barnett (PI) 7/1/15 – 5/31/16
Our Minds Our Voice: Understanding the role of foster parents in decisions related to psychotropic medications
for youth in foster care
The goal of this project was to gather, synthesize, and report qualitative perspectives from foster parents
regarding the use of psychotropic medications for the children in their care and the decision-making process.
Role: PI

Courses Taught:

Master's of Public Health:
Capstone Research Adviser
Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health


Erin Barnett, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth and a faculty member at the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center and Vulnerable Children’s Research Group. Dr. Barnett is certified in two evidence-based psychotherapies for children, Child Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has provided clinical supervision to numerous mental health clinicians across New Hampshire since becoming licensed in 2010. She has provided training and consultation for providers and stakeholders and led trauma-informed training and workforce initiatives within various child-serving sectors, including residential treatment facilities, child welfare, schools, and homeless shelters. She also co-led a state-wide train-the-trainer program (TIECS) aiming to improve trauma-informed knowledge and skills among early childhood care providers. Finally, she has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters related to these topics.

Selected Publications:


  • Barnett, E. R., Jankowski, M. K., & Trepman, A. State-wide implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for youth exposed to trauma. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2019.

  • Barnett ER, Cleary SE, Butcher RL, & Jankowski MK. Child behavior problems and satisfaction of foster and adoptive parents: Do trauma-informed services make a difference? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice. 2018

  • Zisman-Ilani Y, Harik JM, Barnett ER, Pavlov A, & O'Connell, M. Expanding the Concept of Shared Decision Making in Mental Health: Systematic Search and Scoping Review of Interventions. The Mental Health Review Journal. 2017

  • Barnett ER, Jankowski MK, Butcher RL, Meister C, Parton RR, Drake RE. Foster and Adoptive Parent Perspectives on Needs and Services: a Mixed Methods Study. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2018 Jan;45(1):74-89. doi: 10.1007/s11414-017-9569-4 (view details on MedLine)

  • Barnett ER, Boucher EA, Daviss WB, Elwyn G. Supporting Shared Decision-making for Children's Complex Behavioral Problems: Development and User Testing of an Option Grid™ Decision Aid. Community Ment Health J. 2018 Jan;54(1):7-16. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0136-5. Epub 2017 Apr 11 (view details on MedLine)

  • Daviss WB, Barnett E, Neubacher K, Drake RE. Use of Antipsychotic Medications for Nonpsychotic Children: Risks and Implications for Mental Health Services. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Mar;67(3):339-41. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500272. Epub 2016 Jan 4 (view details on MedLine)

  • Jankowski, M. K., Schifferdecker, K. E., Butcher, R. L., Foster-Johnson, L., Barnett, E. R. Effectiveness of a Trauma Informed Care Initiative in a State Child Welfare System: A Randomized Study. Child Maltreatment. Epub ahead of print. (view details on MedLine)

  • Barnett, E. R., Concepcion-Zayas, M. T., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Bellonci, C. Psychiatric care for youth in foster care: A systematic and critical review of patient-centered care. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 2018.

  • Barnett ER, Bernardy NC, Jenkyn AB, Parker LE, Lund BC, Alexander B, Friedman MJ. Prescribing clinicians' perspectives on evidence-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Behav Sci (Basel). 2014 Oct 21;4(4):410-22. doi: 10.3390/bs4040410. Epub 2014 Oct 21 (view details on MedLine)

  • McLaren JL, Barnett ER, Concepcion-Zayas MT, Lichtenstein J, Acquilano SC, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, & Drake RE Psychotropic medications for highly vulnerable children. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy (2018)