Dr. Paula Barrett

Dr. Paula Barrett Dr. Paula Barrett
Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


Professor Paula Barrett is one of Australia’s leading scholars in the area of prevention and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Author of more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Professor Barrett served on the editorial boards of 7 international top rank journals. Her research is highly cited, and uses the highest quality research validation designs that are replicated internationally. Paula’s FRIENDS for Life programs provide the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and adults. These programs are available in 12 languages and used in 18 countries by: government departments for the education and health sectors, psychological and research-based clinics, academic institutions, and non-profit organisations. Amongst other top-ranking international and peer-review journals, Paula’s research and programs have been cited in The Cochrane Collaboration and supported by the World Health Organization Paula is also the Director of the innovative research-based clinic, Pathways Health and Research Centre.

Research Interest

She has a wide range of research interests including the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression across the life span, as well as the promotion of resilience at all ages.