Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Associate Director, Population Studies Center.
Co-Director, Postdoctoral Program, Population Studies Center.
Director of Graduate Training, Population Studies Center.
Coordinator, Social Demography, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Associate Chair, Sociology.
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Barber's research is conducted at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. She recently completed an NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal project, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life study, that collected weekly data on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interview data, observational data, and administrative data. The RDSL study identifies the types of attitudes, relationship characteristics, and contraceptive practices that affect early and/or unintended pregnancy. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern Michigan.