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Reid, Barbara

Core faculty
Program Chair, B.S. in Wellness & Health Promotion
Brandeis University
School Affiliation

School of Undergraduate Studies

Academic Focus

Areas of interest are: addressing the negative effects of stress through effective self care for diverse groups of individuals and professionals, wellness and health promotion, effects of nutrition on mental and behavioral health, social determinants of health, disparities in health and healthcare, the impact of provider education in delivering culturally relevant and effective care and workforce development.

Community Involvement

Cambridge College:

  • Developed and implemented the B.S. in Human Services, and concentration in Family & Community Systems
  • Scholarship coordinator
Courses Taught

Wide variety of courses in human services, health promotion, psychology

  • Ph.D. - Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University - Health Policy - Health Promotion.
    Dissertation Title: Assessment of Wellness and Nutrition in Residential Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment
  • M.A. - Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University - Social Policy
  • M.Ed. - Cambridge College - Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy



  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist    
  • Health Coach - Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York, NY
  • Facilitative Leadership - Interactive Institute for Social Change - Boston, MA
Professional Experience

Researcher - Heller School of Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University
Therapist - Healthy Options Norwell, MA
Clinician - Women's Hope Dorchester, MA
Affiliate - Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions
Clinician/Addictions Specialist - Massachusetts General Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry

Selected Presentations
  • Self Care Strategies Can Help Trauma Providers Overcome Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Aging with Dignity Conference, Keynote Speaker – What Does Nutrition Have To Do With It
  • The Role of Wellness & Nutrition in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Strengths-Based Approaches in Working with Families
  • Omega 3’s and Health
  • The Role of Wellness & Nutrition in Working with Families
Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Society for Occupational Health Psychology - Education & Training
Tufts Medical Center
Bureau Substance Abuse Services, Workforce Advisory Group
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Academy Health    
Spirit of 1848