Allen W. Barton, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Assistant Research Scientist

225 Center for Family Research
1095 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-425-2992

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science University of Georgia 2013
M.S. Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2009
B.S. Civil Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2007


My research focuses on family-centered prevention science, with particular attention to (a) the effect of stress on couple and family relationships, (b) psychosocial protective processes that promote couple and family resiliency, and (c) the development and evaluation of family-centered preventative interventions.

Current Research

Most of my current research is conducted in association with studies at UGA's Center for Family Research.  Current projects including evaluating the efficacy of the Protecting Strong African American Families program, the development of a low-resource preventive intervention of families, and investigating the role of family environments for the long-term health and well-being of rural African Americans.


I have been co-instructor for courses in Prevention Science (in HDFS) and Marital Intervention and Prevention (in Psychology).


Co-chair of Relationship Science workgroup of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research.

Journal Articles

Recent articles include:

Barton, A. W., Beach, S. R. H., Wells, A. C., Ingels, J. B., Corso, P. S., Sperr, M. C., Anderson, T. N., & Brody, G. H. (in press). The Protecting Strong African American Families Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Rural African American Couples. Prevention Science.

Barton, A. W., Yu, T., Brody, G. H., & Ehrlich, K. B. (in press). Childhood Poverty, Catecholamines, and Substance Use Among African American Young Adults: The Protective Effect of Supportive Parenting. Preventive Medicine.

Barton, A. W., Brody, G. H., Zapolski, T. C. B., Goings, T. C., Kogan, S. M., Windle, M., & Yu, T. (2018, March). Trajectory Classes of Cannabis Use and Heavy Drinking among Rural African Americans: Multilevel Predictors of Class Membership. Addiction. Advanced online publication. Doi:10.1111/add.14200

Barton, A.W., Beach, S. R. H., Bryant, C. M., Lavner, J.A., & Brody, G. H. (2018). Stress spillover, African Americans’ couple and health outcomes, and the stress-buffering effect of family-centered prevention. Journal of Family Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/fam0000376

Barton, A.W., Beach, S. R. H., Lavner, J.A., Bryant, C. M., Kogan, S. M., & Brody, G. H. (2017). Is Communication a Mechanism of Relationship Education Effects among Rural African Americans? Journal of Marriage and Family, 79, 1450–1461. doi:10.1111/jomf.12416