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Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate and Outreach Programs

Theresa 'Teta' Barry

Contact Information

604 Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905


MHA, 1995, Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., 2002, Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests

Consumer health care and long-term care management

Research Interests

Long-term care management and work force issues, quality improvement in nursing homes

Selected Publications

Kemper, P., Heier, B., Barry, T., Brannon, D., Angelelli, J., Vasey, J. & Anderson-Knott, M. (2008). What do direct care workers say would improve their jobs? Differences across settings. The Gerontologist, 48 (Special Issue 1), 17-25.

Kemper, P., Brannon, D., Barry, T., Stott, A. & Heier, B. (2008). Implementation of the Better Jobs, Better Care Demonstration: Lessons for Long Term Care Workforce Initiatives. The Gerontologist, 48 (Special Issue 1), 26-35.

Barry, T., Kemper, P. & Brannon, D. (2008). Measuring worker turnover in long-term care: Lessons from the Better Jobs, Better Care Demonstration. The Gerontologist, 48(3), 394-400.

Brannon, D., Barry, T., Kemper, P., Schreiner, A. & Vasey, J. (2007). Job Perceptions and intent to leave among direct care workers: Evidence from the Better Jobs Better Care Demonstrations. The Gerontologist, 47(6), 820-829.

Barry, T., Brannon, D. & Mor, V. (under revision). Moderating effect of staff stability on the relationship between management practices and resident outcomes in nursing homes. The Gerontologist.

Zinn, J., Brannon, D., Mor, V. & Barry, T. (2003). A structure-technology contingency analysis of caregiving in nursing facilities. Health Care Management Review, 28(4), 293-306.

Brannon, D. & Barry, T. (1997). Quality improvement and the management of dependency in nursing facilities. In S. Willis, K.W. Schaie & M. Hayward (Eds.), Societal mechanisms for maintaining competence in old age. New York: Springer

Barry, T. (1996). Study identifies factors that reduce staff turnover. The Brown University Long-Term Care Quality Advisor, 8(11), 1-3

Curriculum Vitae

Theresa "Teta" Barry vitae