Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH

Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychosocial & Community Health. My past research has explored how neighborhood is embodied to influence both behaviors and physiologic indicators of the stress response that are associated with chronic disease. I have also evaluated associations between fast food and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and mortality including deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Currently, I am looking to see whether racial disparities between Caucasian and African-American men in prostate cancer incidence could be mediated by obesity, education, and family history. I also plan to evaluate genetic and lifestyle-related mediators of disparities in mortality among breast cancer survivors.

My research interests include:

  1. social determinants and health disparities;
  2. neighborhood effects;
  3. advanced methods including mediation analyses and GIS mapping;
  4. stress and related mental health outcomes; and
  5. obesity and cancer.


I am passionate about teaching and mentoring and becoming a university faculty member has always been my main career aspiration. I have taught diverse students from a range of disciplines including nursing, pharmacy, global health, health services, epidemiology and medicine. This year, I am a Health Sciences Teaching Scholar and co-teach Social Determinants of Health (NSG 552) for the DNP Core Curriculum in Winter quarter.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a member of the Steering Committee for the Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control (BCPT) training grant at the UW, an active member of the American Psychosomatic Society, and a reviewer for the American Journal of Epidemiology. During my free time, I enjoy building community through weekly neighborhood dinners and helping prepare meals for residents of the Nyer Urness House in Ballard.

Current Publications

  • Barrington WE, Stafford M, Hamer M, Beresford SAA, Steptoe A. Socioeconomic deprivation, neighborhood perceptions, and cortisol response to mental stress. Health & Place. Under revision.
  • Barrington WE, Beresford SAA, McGregor BA, White E. Perceived stress and dietary intake associated with obesity: differences by gender and obesity-status. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Under revision.
  • Barrington WE, Beresford SAA, Yanez ND, Duncan G, Koepsell TD, McGregor BA, Bishop SK, Moudon AV. Worksite context and individual obesogenic behaviors among adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Under review.
  • Barrington WE, Ceballos RM, Bishop SK, McGregor BA, Beresford SA. Perceived stress, behavior, and body mass index among adults participating in a worksite obesity prevention program, Seattle, 2005-2007. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:120001. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.120001.

Current Research Projects

  • Research Funding Award, Cancer Epidemiology Training Grant in Nutrition, Exercise, and Genetics (PI: E. White R25 CA094880) October 2012.
  • Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-related Research, University of Washington Explaining the SES/Overweight and Obesity Relationship (Co-PIs: S. Beresford & D. Bowen R01 DK079042) Fall 2010-Summer 2012
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