Barreda Research Group

Dr. Barreda’s research interests focus on how digital media communicates information that influences health care decision-making and how to use it more effectively in the future. In addition, she participates in clinical research around cystic fibrosis.


To empower patients, caregivers, and health care workers to make well-informed medical decisions that help children with respiratory conditions to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Current Areas of Research

SMILE (Social Media Influencing Lung Education) study

This focus group study explores ways that caregivers of pediatric pulmonary patients use social media to acquire information around the care of their child as well as to understand ways caregivers would like their child’s medical team to use social media.

Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services

This quality improvement project is a part of a 3-year grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support the implementation of a pharmacist and pharmacy technician in the UW pediatric cystic fibrosis outpatient clinic. As a part of the project, the team studies ways that outpatient clinical pharmacy services can improve access to medications, increase knowledge about medications, and support other health care team members.

Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Research

Dr. Barreda is also a part of the UW-Madison’s Cystic Fibrosis Center Clinical Trials team and is co-director of the Pediatric UW Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Research News

Christina Barreda, MD
Assistant Professor