psychologist | writehealer | scholar-activist | doula | yogi



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Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH, a Charlottesville, Virginia native, is a community health psychologist and an assistant professor of writing in The George Washington University's University Writing Program and Women's Leadership Program. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Health Policy and Management Department of the Milken Institute of Public Health and is an affiliate faculty member in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Global Women's Institute, Africana Studies Program and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. Dr. Barlow utilizes decolonizing methodologies to disrupt cardiometabolic syndrome and structural policies adversely affecting Black girls' and women's health, as well as intergenerational trauma. She has spent 23 years in transdisciplinary collaborations with physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, policy administrators, activists, political appointees, and community members in diverse settings throughout the world. Dr. Barlow holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Spelman College, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from North Carolina State University.


Certified as an Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator and trained as a doula and childbirth educator, Dr. Barlow is a 2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar-in-Residence Fellow and a 2016 RAND Faculty Leaders Fellow in Policy Research and Analysis. She has lectured on her research throughout the world at institutions such as the University of Virginia, Harvard University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Dr. Barlow is the Chair-Elect for the American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology, inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Black Women's Health Imperative, as well as the Strategic Communications and Implementation Advisor for the Council on Black Health. Her writings on Black girls' and women's health, intersectionality, health equity, healing and restorative health practices in psychology and public health research appear in various publications and she offers community-based and industry focused workshops and trainings on these topics. Her digital storytelling work, the Saving Our Sisters Project (, is focused on Black women's mental health and well-being, employing writing and the personal narrative. 


She believes "writehealing" is an effective approach towards uncovering trauma and healing.

Dr. Barlow considers herself a folk herbalist and is completing teacher trainings in vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga and meditation. She is deeply committed to sleep and rest yoga.

“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes."

Sonia Sanchez


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