BSc (Man.), BA (Winn.), MA, PhD (York)
Since 1992, Gordon Barnes has been a Full Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba he earned his B.Sc. (U. of Manitoba) and B.A. (U. of Winnipeg) degrees. After receiving his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto in the field of Social Psychology, he returned to Manitoba. There he worked for six years in the Department of Psychiatry as a National Health Research Scholar and for five years in the Department of Family Studies as Chair. Shortly after, Dr. Barnes was granted the University of Manitoba’s Rh Institute Foundation Award for Excellence in Social Science Research. In 2004, Dr. Barnes was a part of the Center for Youth and Society’s research team that was awarded the University of Victoria’s Craigdarroch Research Award for Project Excellence for academic and community partnerships.
For over 30 years, Dr. Barnes has been teaching and conducting research in the area of alcohol and drug abuse. As a researcher, he has expertise in substance misuse across the life span, family violence, family socialization influences on development, youth problem behavior, and personality theory and measurement.
In the addictions field, the major focus of Dr. Barnes’ research has included: i) personality and alcohol abuse, ii) personality, alcohol use and health outcomes, iii) solvent abuse, and iv) marijuana use. His article, The alcoholic personality: A reanalysis, has been cited over 100 times in academic publications. Moreover, the seven-year longitudinal Winnipeg Health and Drinking Survey has now produced one book, The Addiction Prone Personality, as well as one published chapter, 14 refereed publications and 42 conference presentations.
In 2006, Dr. Barnes began working with a multidisciplinary team on a five-year, Canadian Institutes of Health Research study investigating cross-substance patterns of use, consequences, and policy responses. This project focuses on transitions between different patterns of use and different classes of substance during adolescence and young adulthood
Barnes, G. E., Barnes, M. D., & Patton, D. (2005). Prevalence and predictors of heavy marijuana use. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse, 40, 1849-1863.
Barnes, G. E., Mitic, W., Leadbeater, B., & Dhami, M. (In Press). Risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use and mental health symptoms. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.
Barnes, G.E., Murray, R.P., Patton, D., Bentler, P.M. & Anderson, R.A. (2000). The Addiction Prone Personality. New York: Plenum Press.
Murray, R. P., Barnes, G. E., & Ekuma, O. (2005). Does personality mediate the relation between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality? Addictive Behaviors, 30(3), 475-488.
Murray, R. P., Ekuma, O., & Barnes, G. E. (2006). Drinking pattern as a predictor of cardiovascular harm: A longitudinal study using alternative drinking pattern measures. Journal of Substance Use, 11(5), 359-368.