Dr Emma Barrett joined NDARC 2007. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and completed her PhD in 2012. Her PhD research examined associations between substance use, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and aggression using population‐level and clinical sample data. In recognition of her research, Dr Barrett has received a number of academic awards and travel scholarships to present at national and international conferences. Most recently, she received the 2014 College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Travel Award to present her research at the CPDD Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. In recognition of her research excellence and the significant impact of her work, Dr Barrett received the University of NSW Deans Rising Star Award in 2015.
Dr Barrett is currently a Research Fellow and registered Forensic Psychologist at the NHMRC CRE in Mental Health and Substance Use where she conducts research into innovative treatments for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. She is also the co-founder of the CREMS Early Career Researcher Training Program which aims to provide early career researchers with skills and support to develop as future leaders of substance use and mental health research. In 2016 Dr Barrett will travel to the US on a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship where she will examine innovative treatment approaches for adolescents suffering from posttraumatic stress and substance use disorder.
Dr Barrett’s research interests include the treatment of co-occurring mental health 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.