Erin Barry, MS

Erin S Barry, MS

Name: Erin S Barry, MS

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Military and Emergency Medicine
USU LEAD Principal Investigator; USU LEAD Liason to LTCOS
Faculty Rank: 
Research Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Stress, PTS, TBI, Addictive behaviors

Office Phone: 
(281) 450-6342


2006 - BE, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics (minor), Vanderbilt University
2008 - MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas-Arlington


Erin S. Barry, M.S. is Research Assistant Professor (MEM), USU Leadership Education And Development’s (LEAD; See for more details) Principal Researcher and Biostatistician, and USU LEAD Research Liaison to the USU Long-term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS). She is a biomedical and biobehavioral scientist with expertise in research design, planning, logistics, data management, and statistical analyses. Her role in LEAD is to work on all aspects of Research and Development including original research, scholarly reviews, student, faculty, and program assessment, to conduct scholarly reviews of relevant literature, and to translate scientific materials and evidence to be effectively taught and disseminated.

Ms. Barry earned a B.E. (2006) in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She earned an M.S. (2008) in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Erin worked at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas, TX, with Dr. Damien Chaussabel to identify biomarkers in B-cell deficient patients, Multiple Sclerosis patients, Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, lung cancer patients, and performance-enhancing drugs in Olympic marathon runners. She also has worked at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas, TX, with Dr. Richard King, using fractal dimensions to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. She has worked at USU since 2010 where her research has focused on traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and leadership. She serves as Project Manager and Biostatistician for several studies of leadership that focus on individual characteristics, interpersonal dynamics, and academic performance as predictors of leadership competence. She also serves as a liaison for USU LEAD with leadership training programs at other medical schools. In addition, she helps to mentor graduate and medical students with regard to research activities.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Leader and Leadership Education and Development Research
  • Leader and Leadership Assessment
  • Leader and Leadership and long-term outcomes
  • Intergenerational Leadership
  • Biopsychosocial Effects of Service Dog Training on Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Post Concussive Symptoms


  • Grunberg, N.E., Barry, E.S., Yarnell, A.M. (in press). Psychological well-being. In D.C. Smith, E.B. Schoomaker & F. O’Connor (Eds.), Fundamentals of Military Medical Practice. Washington, DC: Borden Institute, Office of the Surgeon General of the Army.
  • Grunberg, N.E., Barry, E.S., Kleber, H., McManigle, J.E., Schoomaker, E.B., (2017). Seven steps to establish a leader and leadership education and development (LEAD) program. In M. Clark & C.W. Gruber (Eds.), Leader Development Deconstructed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Eklund, K.E., Barry, E.S., Grunberg, N.E. (2017). Gender and Leadership. In A. Alvinius (Ed.), Gender Differences in Different Contexts, InTech, 129-150.
  • Yarnell, A.M., Barry, E.S., Mountney, A., Shear, D., Tortella, F., Grunberg, N.E. (2016). The Revised Neurobehavioral Severity Scale (NSS-R). Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 75: 9.52.1-9.52.16.
  • Nindl, B.C., Purvis-Jaffin, D.P., Dretsch, M.N., Cheuvront, S.N., Wesensten, N.J., Kent, M.L., Grunberg, N.E., Pierce, J.R., Barry, E.S., Scott, J.M., Young, A.J., O’Connor, F.G., Deuster, P.A. (2015). Human performance optimization (HPO) metrics: Consensus findings, gaps, and recommendations for future research. Journal of Strength Conditioning Research. 29, S221-245.
  • Sharma, A., Chandran, R., Barry, E.S., Bhomia, M., Hutchison, M.A., Balakathiresan, N.S., Grunberg, N.E., & Maheshwari, R.K. (2014). Identification of serum microRNA signatures for diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury in a closed head injury model. PLoS One 9(11).
  • Xing, G.*, Barry, E.S.*, Benford, B., Grunberg, N.E., Li, H., Watson, W.D., & Sharma, P. (2013). Impact of repeated stress on traumatic brain injury-induced mitochondrial electron transport chain expression and behavioral responses in rats. Frontiers in Neurology. (*equal contributing authors). 4:196.
  • Kamnaksh, A., Ahmed, F., Kovesdi, E., Barry, E.S., Grunberg, N.E., Long, J.B., & Agoston, D.V. (2013). Molecular mechanisms of increased cerebral vulnerability after repeated mild blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Translational Proteomics 3: 22-37.
  • Ariyannur, P.S., Arun, P., Barry, E.S., Andrews-Shigaki, B., Bosomtwi, A., Tang, H., Selwyn, R., Grunberg, N.E., Moffett, J.R., Namboodiri, M.A. (2013). Do reductions in brain N-Acetylaspartate levels contribute to the etiology of some neuropsychiatric disorders? Journal of Neuroscience Research. 91(7), 934-42.
  • Yarnell, A.M, Shaughness, M.C., Barry, E.S., Ahlers, S.T., McCarron, R.M., Grunberg, N.E., (2013). Blast traumatic brain injury in the rat using a blast overpressure model. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. Chapter 9, Unit 9.41.