Dr Barrett is a NSW Health Research Fellow and Forensic Psychologist at NDARC and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and completed her PhD at NDARC in 2012. She currently leads a multidisciplinary program of research that addresses mental health and substance use among individuals exposed to child and adolescent trauma.
In recognition of the quality and impact of her research, Dr Barrett has received a number of academic awards and scholarships, including the 2015 UNSW Dean’s Rising Star Award. Most recently, she travelled to the US for 12 months on a prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Scholarship to develop innovative treatment approaches for adolescents suffering from PTSD and substance use.
Dr Barrett’s research interests include the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, substance use prevention and early intervention, treatments for adolescents exposed to trauma, links between trauma and aggression, and mental health treatment in forensic settings.