psychologist | public health scientist |

women's health scholar | doula | yogini



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Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH, RYT® 200, 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 holds secondary appointments in the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Department of Health Policy and Management in the Milken Institute of Public Health, and is an affiliate faculty member in the 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,  intergenerational trauma and perinatal mental health. 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 vinyasa and restorative yoga instructor, Dr. Barlow is trained as a doula, childbirth educator and meditation instructor; and, a 2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar-in-Residence Fellow, 2016 RAND Faculty Leaders Fellow in Policy Research and Analysis and 2020-2021 GW Humanities Center Fellow. 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 for the American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology, inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Black Women's Health Imperative, Strategic Communications and Implementation Advisor for the Council on Black Health and a member of the Advisory Board for the RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy. 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. She presents her work in various forms of media. 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. Dr. Barlow is currently curating an edited collection on Black girls' and women's health.


She believes "writehealing" is an effective approach towards uncovering trauma and healing. Currently in yoga nidra training, Dr. Barlow considers herself a folk plant person and is deeply committed to sleep and rest yoga.

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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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