Ashley Barr


Ashley Barr.

Ashley Barr


Ashley Barr


Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Research Interests

Family; Family Inequality; Aging and Life Course; Health; Quantitative Methods

Contact Information

430 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8453


Ashley Barr, PhD, is primarily a family sociologist. Broadly speaking, her research examines (1) the individual, interpersonal and contextual factors that affect the formation, continuation and well-being of romantic and family relationships; and (2) the role that these relationships play across a variety of domains, including health, education and deviant and criminal behavior. Prof. Barr is currently working on several projects to understand how romantic relationships get “under the skin” by affecting biomarkers of health and chronic disease. The use of dyadic data analysis in these projects allows for an examination of “contagion effects”—when stressors experienced by one partner manifest in the other—and a better understanding of the relational underpinnings of health and healthy aging.


  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2014
  • MA, University of Georgia, 2010 
  • BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Recent Courses

  • SOC 362: Families and Inequality
  • SOC 293: Social Research Methods