#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Frad Barry!

#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Frad Barry!

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Farah sadly left the EPI department to join the Emory Global Health Institute; however, we happily welcomed a new Associate Director of Academic Programs (ADAP) just last month. Our ADAPs are the equivalent of academic advisors at most institutions, and they serve as a great point of contact for questions relating to the department, academic advising, classes, and so much more. Take the opportunity to meet our new ADAP, Frad Barry!


Tell us a little about your academic history/where you went to school.

I attended Mississippi State University (Hail STATE!). I obtained both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there. My Bachelor of Science degree is in Biological Sciences, and my master’s was in Health Promotion.

 

What were you doing before you came to Rollins?

I worked with Undergraduate Admissions for Emory, specifically Emory’s Oxford Campus. Before that, I also worked as a Residence Life Coordinator with the Oxford Campus.

 

Why did you want to become ADAP for the Epidemiology Department?

I wanted to become an ADAP because it allowed me to combine my work experiences with my educational background. I enjoy student development and being a part of their college journey. Student affairs work is so impactful, and sometimes it gets lost in college discussions.

 

What are you most excited about working with MPH students?

What excites me most is being able to help students! I get to develop these individual relationships and guide students in their academic journey.

 

What goals do you have when working with new students?

One goal that I have is to help students find their space within whatever community they want to be a part of, whether it be professionally or personally.

 

What is your favorite part of being at Emory?

My favorite part of being at Emory is the community, the network, and the supportive environment that Emory has. Relationship building is a key component of what I look for within my work environment, and Emory meets all of those needs.

 

What advice do you have for students?

I have two pieces of advice for students. The first is to be present and enjoy your life to its fullest. The second is to always advocate for your worth and passions.

 

What is one place in Atlanta that you would recommend people to visit?

There are a lot of fun things to do in Atlanta. High-Frequency Friday at the High Museum is a vibe! I’e recommend eating at The Nook, which is near Piedmont Park, and exploring Old Fourth Ward, too.

 

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’m currently watching a few shows, like HarlemHow to Get Away with Murder, and Top Chef. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Nick Hakim and Beyoncé’s Renaissance (on repeat). I’m always open to any podcast suggestions if anyone has any.


 

Thanks for talking with us, Frad! We’re happy to have you join the Emory EPI family.


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