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Beth Barnet, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Professor

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

Additional Title:

Professor and Vice Chair, Research


29 S. Paca Street, Lower Level

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Education and Training

I completed Family Medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia (1985-88), followed by an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1988-90).  I joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1990. I was promoted to Professor in 2010 and appointed to Vice Chair for Research in 2012.


For over 25 years I have provided the full scope of family medicine care to Baltimore’s vulnerable populations and have designed, conducted, and disseminated research and training projects. Program building and evaluation, community collaboration, and participatory engagement with vulnerable populations have been recurring themes of my research.  My main research achievements have been in characterizing behavioral and psychosocial risk factors for socio-economically disadvantaged groups, in particular pregnant and parenting adolescents. Our work has expanded understanding of the relationship between teens’ risks and poorer outcomes, how achieving defining attributes of primary care (e.g. access; comprehensiveness) can reduce morbidity, and the role of patient-centered counseling styles (motivational interviewing) in improving outcomes.  I am co-PI of Maryland’s Evaluation of Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Project in which we focus on strategies to strengthen services integration between primary care and community sectors.  The purpose of Maryland MIECHV is to strengthen the role of home visiting in improving health and developmental outcomes and in eliminating disparities in Maryland’s priority areas for expectant families and families with young children.   My clinical quality improvement work focuses on promoting primary care systems redesign to advance patient-centered, evidence-based, population-focused care across the lifecycle.



Research/Clinical Keywords

Primary Care, women's health, adolescent pregnancy and parenting, coordination and services integration, maternal mental health

Highlighted Publications

Carvajal DN, Gioia D, Barnet B. How can primary care physicians best support contraceptive decision-making? A qualitative study exploring the perspectives of Baltimore Latinas.  Women’s Health Issues. Accepted 9-23-2016

Barnet B. Supporting Teen Mothers: A Journey through Policies, Programs, & Research. American Journal of Public Health.  2012;102(12): 2201-2203.

Mishra S, DeForge B, Barnet B, Ntiri S, Grant L. Social determinants of breast cancer screening in urban primary care practices: A community-engaged formative study. Women’s Health Issues. 2012;22-5,e429-e438.

Barnet B, Rapp T, DeVoe M, Mullins CD. Cost-Effectiveness of a motivational intervention to reduce rapid repeat childbearing in high risk adolescent mothers: A rebirth of economic and policy considerations. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2010;164(4):370-376.

Barnet B, Liu J, Devoe M, Duggan AK, Gold MA, Pecukonis E.  Computer assisted motivational intervention to reduce rapid subsequent birth in adolescent mothers: A community-based randomized trial. Annals of Family Medicine.  2009;7(5):436-445.