Jameta N. Barlow

Assistant Professor

Jameta Barlow

Contact Information

LA 3131


Ph.D., Psychology, North Carolina State University, 2014
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, George Washington University, 2003
BA, English, Spelman College, 2001

Areas of Expertise

Women and Health
Feminist Research Methods
Women in STEM and Innovation
Community Psychology
Health Behavior
Social Determinants of Health


Dr. Jameta N. Barlow is a community health psychologist who employs a Black Feminist praxis and Womanist epistemology towards social science and public health research. She has spent the last 15 years in transdisciplinary collaborations with physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, policy administrators, activists, political appointees and community members in diverse settings. Consequently, these collaborative relationships produced several publications, projects, oral presentations and posters; management of a 10-site clinical research project; and successful implementation of Federal initiatives and health education and communication campaigns that have resulted in two Department of Health and Human Services awards. Collectively, these efforts were targeting marginalized populations in an attempt to address health inequities. As an Assistant Professor of Women and Health in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Towson University, Dr. Barlow utilizes decolonizing methodologies to disrupt historical and intergenerational trauma and engage African American women around happiness, self-care and health and well-being, specifically depression, heart disease and obesity prevention.

Courses Taught

  • WMST 231 Women in Perspective
  • WMST 333 Women's Words, Women's Lives
  • WMST 370/570 Topics in Women's Studies: Intersectionality and Policy Analysis


2015 AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship

2016  Meeting for Early and Midcareer Academic Psychologists Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists

2016-2018 Obesity Health Disparities (OHD) PRIDE Junior Investigator Scholar, sponsored by the National Institute of Health's Lung and Blood Institute (University of Missisippi Medical Center)

2016 Pardee Rand Faculty Leaders Program Policy Research and Analysis

2016-2017 Towson University Faculty Development & Research Committee Grantee Recipient


Saving Our Sisters (SOS) Research Study: Agentic Approach to Black Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being
- Qualitative inquiry into depression and mental health and well-being among African American women in Baltimore and surrounding areas (www.savingoursistersproject.com)

 Saving Our Sisters, Saving Ourselves (SOS2): Implementing an Agentic Approach to Black Women’s Health and Well-Being - 12-week, three group, community-based pilot intervention to support African-American women’s health and well-being

Selected Publications

#WhenIFellInLoveWithMyself: Disrupting the Gaze and Loving our Black Womanist Self As an Act of Political Warfare, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Volume 15, Number 1, 2016

Womanist Ways of Knowing Health and Health Care, Invited book chapter in Womanism Rising: Womanist Studies Is Here! Ed. Layli Maparyan, University of Illinois Press (New Visions in Womanism) (In press)

Satia JA, Barlow J, Armstrong-Brown J, Watters JL. (2010). Qualitative study to explore prospect theory and message framing and diet and cancer prevention-related issues among African American adolescents, Cancer Nursing, 33(2):102-9.

Allicock M, Campbell MK, Valle CG, Barlow JN, Carr C, Meier A, Gizlice Z. (2010). Evaluating the implementation of peer counseling in a church-based dietary intervention for African Americans. Patient Education Counseling, Volume 81, Issue 1, 37-42.

Professional Service

Member, Black Mental Health Alliance
Advisory Board Member, African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network