- Associate Director for Research Methods and Analysis, CIRA
- Co-Director, Data Management and Statistical Analysis, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, CIRA
- Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Biostatistics), Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Barbour's research has focused on programming R software for novel statistical applications in epidemiology. He has also done extensive research on geographic information systems (GIS) for both mapping and spatially explicit analysis and spatial statistics.
As Research Associate in Applied Mathematics at the Vector Ecology Laboratory of Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Barbour applied spatial statistics and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) to problems in vector borne disease here in the United States. Dr. Barbour used these evolving methods to integrate climate and microclimate data into probability assessments of human risk of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus.
In his current position as Co-Director for the Interdisciplinary Research Methods at CIRA, Dr. Barbour does research on application of statistical modeling, Bayesian analysis, and spatial statistics to HIV and hepatitis risk and transmission dynamics.
Most recently he has completed a spatial analysis of HIV risk factors among intravenous drug users in St. Petersburg, Russia. In October 2007 he taught a seminar course at CIRA on the application of Bayesian Methods to HIV research at Yale School of Medicine.
In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 under various agreements between Yale and the Russian government, Dr. Barbour taught spatial statistics, Bayesian methods and Generalized Estimating Equations at the State University of St. Petersburg, Russia and the affiliated Bio-medical Center of St. Petersburg.
As a member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit organization Medical Care Development, Dr. Barbour continues to be involved in international health projects in South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and Madagascar. He also continues his interest in wildlife conservation and has served as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Cape Peninsula National Park in South Africa and is a member of the Development Committee of the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in southwestern Madagascar.
Azzoni L, Barbour R, Papasavvas E, Glencross DK, Stevens WS, et al. (2015) "Early ART Results in Greater Immune Reconstitution Benefits in HIV-Infected Infants: Working with Data Missingness in a Longitudinal Dataset." PLoS ONE, 10(12): e0145320. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145320
Robert Heimer, Aleksandra Lyubimova, Russell Barbour, Olga S. Levina. (2015) 'Emergence of methadone as a street drug in St. Petersburg, Russia', International Journal of Drug Policy, Available online 19 October 2015, ISSN 0955-3959, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.10.001.
Dukhovlinova E, Masharsky A, Toussova O, Verevochkin S, Solovyeva T, Meringof M, Paintsil E, White E, Barbour R, Heimer R, Kozlov A. (2015) "Two Independent HIV Epidemics in Saint Petersburg, Russia Revealed by Molecular Epidemiology." AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Jun;31(6):608-14. doi: 10.1089/AID.2014.0150. Epub 2015 Jan 5.PMID: 25417740. PMCID: PMC4458741.
Gibson, C., Perley, L., Bailey, J., Barbour, R. , Kershaw, T. (2015). "Social network and census tract-level influences on substance use among emerging adult males: An activity spaces approach - Original Research Article." Health & Place, Volume 35, September 2015, Pages 28-36
Heimer, R., Eritsyan, K.,Barbour, R., Levina, O.S. (2014) 'Hepatitis C virus seroprevalence among people who inject drugs and factors associated with infection in eight Russian cities.', BMC Infectious Diseases, 14 Suppl 6:S12. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-14-S6-S12. Epub 2014 Sep 19.
Hayes-Larson, Eleanor, Lauretta E. Grau, Kaveh Khoshnood, Russell Barbour, Khuat Thi Oanh, and Robert Heimer. Drug users in Hanoi, Vietnam: factors associated with membership in community-based drug user groups. Harm Reduction Journal 10, no. 1 (2013): 33.
Akselrod, Hana, Grau, Lauretta E, Barbour, Russell, Heimer, Robert, 2013. "Seroprevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B Virus, and HCV Among Injection Drug Users in Connecticut: Understanding Infection and Coinfection Risks in a Nonurban Population." American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print October 17, 2013: e1–e9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301357
Heimer, R., Barbour, R., Palacios, W.R., Nichols, L.G., Grau, L.E. (2013) "Associations Between Injection Risk and Community Disadvantage Among Suburban Injection Drug Users in Southwestern Connecticut, USA." AIDS and Behavior. Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print]
Coman, Emil N., Margaret R. Weeks, Itzhak Yanovitzky, Eugen Iordache, Russell Barbour, Maria A. Coman, and Tania B. Huedo-Medina. "The impact of information about the female condom on female condom use among males and females from a US urban community." AIDS and Behavior 17, no. 6 (2013): 2194-201
Eritsyan, Ksenia, Robert Heimer, Russell Barbour, Veronika Odinokova, Edward White, Maia M. Rusakova, Tatiana T. Smolskaya, and Olga S. Levina. "Individual-level, network-level and city-level factors associated with HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs in eight Russian cities: a cross-sectional study." BMJ open 3, no. 6 (2013).
Shenoi SV , Brooks RP , Barbour R , Altice FL , Zelterman D , et al. (2012). "Survival from XDR-TB Is Associated with Modifiable Clinical Characteristics in Rural South Africa." PLoS ONE 7(3): e31786. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031786 PMCID:PMC3295798
Niccolai, L.M., Verevochkin S.V., Toussova,O.V., White, E., Barbour, R., Andrei P. Kozlov, & Heimer, R. (2011). "Estimates of HIV incidence among drug users in St. Petersburg, Russia: continued growth of a rapidly expanding epidemic." The European Journal of Public Health, (Epub 2010), PMCID:PMC3180633
Niccolai, L.,Toussova, O., Verevochkin, S.V., Kozlov, A.P., Barbour, R., Heimer, R. (2010). "High HIV Prevalence Suboptimal HIV Testing, and Low Knowledge of HIV-Positive Serostatus Among Injection Drug Users in St. Petersburg, Russia." AIDS Behavior, 10. PMCID:PMC3116648
Paintsil E., Verevochkin S.V., Dukhovlinova E., Niccolai L.M., Barbour R., White E., Toussova O.V., Kozlov A.P., and Heimer R. (2009). "Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Drug Injectors in St. Petersburg, Russia: Social and Molecular Epidemiology of an Endemic Infection." Addiction, 104(11):1881-1890. PMCID: PMC2763027
Kruse, G.R., Barbour, R., Heimer, R., Shaboltas, A.V., Toussova, O.V., Hoffman, I.F., Kozlov, A.P. (2009). "Drug Choice, Spatial Distribution, HIV Risk, and HIV Prevalence among Injection Drug Users in St. Petersburg, Russia." Harm Reduction Journal, 6(22). PMCID: PMC2731096
Heimer, R., Barbour, R., Shaboltas, A.V., Hoffman, I.F., & Kozlov, A.P. (2008). "Spatial Distribution of HIV Prevalence and Incidence among Injection Drug Users in St. Petersburg, Russia: Implications for HIV Transmission." AIDS, 22(1), 123-130. PMCID: PMC2778790