Katie Barnhart, Ph.D., MPH

Katie Barnhart, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health program


Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Barnhart is an Assistant Professor for the public health program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in Health Behavior, with a minor in mixed methods inquiry, from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health. Additionally, she holds a MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University and a BS in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her dissertation was a community-engaged research project conducted with a harm reduction provider to explore sexual health, injection drug use, and opiate overdose prevention behaviors. Dr. Barnhart believes it is important to make, and keep, connections between harm reduction and public health practice. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she gained experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs as a HIV Prevention/Education coordinator for an AIDS Service Organization in Southern Illinois.

Dr. Barnhart’s current interests include community engaged learning, mixed methods approaches to community-engaged research, and social network influences on sexual health and harm reduction behaviors. She enjoys teaching public health courses and sharing her passion for community health practice with students. Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU, Dr. Barnhart belonged to research teams at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at IU and the Prevention Research Center at SLU. Her research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative research on a variety of public health topics. She has worked on community-based participatory research projects and a nationally representative survey. 

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