Clare Barrington

Clare Barrington, PhD

Department of Health Behavior
Doctoral Program Director
Department of Health Behavior
Rosenau Hall 319B
CB# 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Clare Barrington, PhD, is a professor and director of the doctoral program in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also the Latin American Projects Director for the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center.

Barrington conducts mixed-methods research to examine social network and structural influences on health and health behaviors, with a focus on HIV prevention and care among female sex workers and their male partners, men who have sex with men, and transgender women in Latin America. She has worked in the Dominican Republic since the mid-1990s and also has current projects in Central America and with Latinos in North Carolina.

She leads the qualitative component of several impact evaluations of social cash transfer programs and teaches graduate-level courses in qualitative data analysis and global health.

Clare Barrington in the Gillings News

Representative Courses

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods: Analysis and Writing, HBEH 754 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Global health
Health behavior
Latino health and migration
Qualitative methods
Social Networks

Research Interests: Behavior Science, Cancer, Health Services and Systems Strengthening, Implementation Science, Tobacco Use and Smoking

Key Publications

HIV diagnosis, linkage to care, and retention among men who have sex with men and transgender women in Guatemala City. Barrington C, Knudston K, Paz-Bailey O, Aguilar JM, Loya-Montiel MI, Morales-Miranda S (2016). Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4), 1745-1760.

Abriendo Puertas: feasibility and effectiveness a multi-level intervention to improve HIV outcomes among female sex workers living with HIV in the Dominican Republic.  Kerrigan D, Barrington C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Galai N (2016). AIDS & Behavior, 20(9), 1919-1927.

“HIV and work don’t go together”: Employment as a social determinant of HIV outcomes among men who have sex with men and transgender women in the Dominican Republic. Barrington C, Acevedo R, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Kerrigan D (2016). Global Public Health, 21.


  • PhD, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007
  • MPH, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002
  • BA, International Health and Development, Brown University, 1998