Barkin examines impact of climate change on mental health


Jennifer Barkin (EPI '09, BIOST '02), associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, already developed the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning to assess how a woman is functioning in new motherhood. Now, she’s working on creating the Climate Distress Index to examine how and to what degree changes in the environment affect a person’s mental health. 

Barkin recently received the Vanguard of Environmental Justice Award for her work, presented during the Georgia Environmental Justice Education & Awareness Virtual Symposium hosted by Rep. Mandisha A. Thomas (D-Atlanta), presented on April 22, 2021 - Earth Day. 

She will also serve on an expert panel hosted by the New England Journal of Medicine

“We’re looking for people to tell us things that add to their stress about climate and things that detract,” said Barkin, a member of the executive committee of Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action. “What makes the score go up and what makes the score go down?” 

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