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 as a means to promote the health and well-being of children, adults, and families.  For this program of research, I conduct research in two main areas: (1) basic research focused on risk and protective processes within the family that affect individuals’ mental and physical health, youth substance use, and couples’ relationship well-being, and (2) applied research focused on the development and evaluation of family-centered prevention programming, particularly among at-risk populations.  

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 effect of the Protecting Strong African American Families program on adults' and children's physical, behavioral, and relational health; investigating the role of family environments for the long-term physical health, substance use, and psychological well-being of rural African Americans; and developing a low-cost, family-centered drug use prevention program.


I have been an Instructor for HDFS 3920: Issues in Family Systems as well as co-Instructor for HDFS 8950: Prevention Science and PSYC 8000: Marital Intervention & Family Based Prevention.



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

Journal Articles

Recent articles include:

Barton, A. W., Brody, G. H., Yu, T., Kogan, S. M., Chen, E., & Ehrlich, K. B. (2018). The profundity of the everyday: Family routines in adolescence predict development in young adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.08.029

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. (2018). The Protecting Strong African American Families Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Rural African American Couples. Prevention Science, 19, 904-913. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0895-4.

Barton, A. W., Yu, T., Brody, G. H., & Ehrlich, K. B. (2018). Childhood Poverty, Catecholamines, and Substance Use Among African American Young Adults: The Protective Effect of Supportive Parenting. Preventive Medicine, 112, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.03.016

Barton, A. W., Brody, G. H., Zapolski, T. C. B., Goings, T. C., Kogan, S. M., Windle, M., & Yu, T. (2018). Trajectory Classes of Cannabis Use and Heavy Drinking among Rural African Americans: Multilevel Predictors of Class Membership. Addiction, 113. 1439-1449 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, 32, 186. 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