(Philadelphia, PA) - Marna S. Barrett, PhD, has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Barrett earned a BS in Clinical Chemistry and a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of South Florida, Tampa. In 1981, she received an MS degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. In 1993, she obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University).

Dr. Barrett's current research interests are based on the five-year National Institute of Mental Health-funded investigation of depression, for which she is the project director. She is also interested in general factors influencing the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Dr. Barrett is working to develop a predictive model for engagement and retention in treatment in community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and family clinics.

She is a member of numerous organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She is also a Certified Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Barrett has authored or co-authored research papers in publications including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; presented papers at meetings such as the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Psychotherapy Research; and has been invited to lecture on many occasions, most recently in the clinical psychology doctoral program, 'Theories of Personality', at the University of Pennsylvania.


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