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Researcher biography

Adjunct Professor, School of Education

Professor Paula Barrett is one of Australia's leading scholars in the area 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 for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and adults are available in 12 languages and are 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. And is the patron of the Pathways to Resilience Trust that works to implement the Fun Friends and FRIENDS for Life programs in Australian schools in areas of low Socio-Economic Status, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Indigenous backgrounds, as well as regional and remote areas, particularly those affected by drought.

Recently, Paula received the Highly Commended Certificate, in the Human Rights Medal of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year Award 2008. In 2008 she has also been a finalist in the Australian of the Year Queensland Award, and the Queenslander of the Year Award, for her contribution to the well-being of children and to the community.

If you are interested in Paula's area of research please feel free to email her.