Tracey Barnett is a Medical Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. Her research interests include health risks across the life course, including both risk and protective factors for health behaviors. She spent 5 years working at the University of Michigan as a Research Associate. During that time, she conducted research with employers that incorporated wellness programs for their employees. This research included assessing health risk appraisals of the employees and also an evaluation of both cost and outcomes measures of the wellness program. She also conducted research on a longitudinal study of adolescent risk, including substance use, violent behaviors, and mental health risks for a group of at-risk adolescents.
Dr. Barnett accepted a post-doctoral fellowship with the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center (RORC). She conducted an evaluation of the telehealth program that assists veterans with diabetes in managing their disease as prevention for more serious complications, such as stroke. She analyzed outcomes two years after the veterans enrolled in the program. She also conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis of the program. She continues to work with outcomes research at the RORC by conducting an analysis of the rehabilitation units used for veterans who have had a stroke.
Dr. Barnett’s current research interests also include adolescent risk behaviors. She is studying hookah rates and trends among Florida teens and college students; body image perception and smoking rates, particularly for adolescent females; developing public service announcements in tobacco prevention and cessation to be used for college students; changes in tobacco use and other risk behaviors during the transition from high school to college for young women.