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Dr. Erin Barker


Erin Barker, Ph.D.

(Ph.D. Psychology; University of Alberta)


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Concordia University


7141 Sherbrooke Street, West
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6


Tel: 514-848-2424 x2209

Website: Family Well-Being Project






y program of research follows a life course stress perspective. My first line of research focuses on stress experienced during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. My goal is to identify personal and contextual factors that function as risks to mental health and well-being during emerging adulthood. The second line of research focuses on stress experienced by parents of vulnerable adolescents as they transition to adulthood. My goal is to describe how caregiving demands associated with parenting an adolescent with a mental illness or developmental disability into adulthood impact parental mental health and well-being during midlife and old age.





Barker, E.T., Greenberg, J.S., Mailick Seltzer, M., & Almeida, D.M. (2012).  Daily stress and cortisol patterns in parents of adult children with a serious mental illness.  Health Psychology, 31 (1), 130-134.


Hartley, S.L., Barker, E.T., Baker, J., Seltzer, M.M., & Greenberg, J.S. (2012).  Marital satisfaction and life circumstances of grown children with autism across 7 years.  Journal of Family Psychology, 26 (5), 688-697.


Seltzer, M.M., Barker, E.T., Greenberg, J.S., Hong, J., Coe, C., & Almeida, D. (2012).  Differential sensitivity to life stress in FMR1 premutation carrier mothers of children with Fragile X Syndrome.  Health Psychology, 31 (5), 612-622.

Smith, L.E., Barker, E.T., Seltzer, M.M., Abbeduto, L., & Greenberg, J.S. (2012).  Behavioral phenotypes of fragile X syndrome in adolescence and adulthood.  American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117 (1), 1-17.