Dr. Barrett has served as both a member and President of the Connecticut Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). She works actively with her counseling professor colleagues across the state to both enhance our skills in preparing tomorrow’s counselors, and to support our profession. As Vice President for Counselor Education for the Connecticut School Counselor Association, she served as the voice for Connecticut’s school counseling professors.
Committed to supporting women colleagues, Dr. Barrett was named to serve as Institutional Representative for the University of Saint Joseph to the Connecticut ACE Women’s Network two years ago, and was appointed recently appointed as a board member and as Chairperson for Institutional Representatives across the state. The group is committed to supporting professional development and leadership opportunities for women, especially in higher education.
Dr. Barrett has served the Connecticut State Department of Education as a consultant, working to develop social emotional education standards for Connecticut’s youngest students. She was an invited team member in a multidisciplinary group tasked with revising the Connecticut’s School Counseling Program and presently serves as an invited member of Connecticut’s Reach Higher Team.
Over the last decade, Dr. Barrett has supervised dozens of counseling graduate students in work with inner city Hartford schools. Students have been involved in initiatives to promote a positive school climate, participated in research, and delivered research-based programs focused on timely topics like social emotional development; dating violence prevention; bullying prevention; academic support; and career development. She believes that work in the professional field offers students invaluable opportunities for professional growth and development.
Dr. Barrett values service to community and has been a member of the Connecticut Safe School Coalition for the last several years – a group that offered the state legislature consultation around the development and implementation of bullying law. She conducts trainings associated with bullying for local hospitals, schools and community organizations, often involving her students in the process.
Dr. Barrett has presented on state, national, and international venues on topics including bullying, child maltreatment, social emotional development, and the school counselor role. She frequently involves her students in delivering posters and presentations at all these levels. She has included students in research involving bullying among young children and Connecticut graduate student perception of and connection with professional counseling associations.
Ed.D., Educational Psychology, American International College
M.A., Clinical Psychology, American International College
B.A., Psychology, Westfield State College
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