Room 3.534, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 4547
I am a neuropsychologist and my research interests are neurocognitive functioning in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease, as well as interventions that have the potential to improve cognitive functioning. I collaborate with psychopharmacologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, geriatricians, laboratory scientists and brain imaging specialists in the pursuit of these interests.
Member of the Higher Education Academy [HEA]
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education [PGCHET] awarded in 2008
PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology 1
PSY2056 Research Methods and Statistics
PSY2064 Perception and Psychobiology
Year 1, 2 and 3 - Personal Tutor/Project supervisor
MRCPsych - NIMDTA
I obtained my BSc in Psychology in 1998 and PhD [Psychology/Psychopharmacology] in 2002 from Queens University Belfast. As a postdoctoral associate (QUB and University of Ulster), I worked on an epidemiological project that examined the incidence of psychosis in Northern Ireland, as well as the longitudinal course and outcome of patients subsequent to their illness onset [NIFEPS - PIs: Prof. Steven Cooper; Dr Ciaran Mulholland; Dr Teresa Rushe)]. My primary interest was in characterising cognitive functioning in the cohort and examining how this related to sociodemographic, diagnostic, clinical, genetic and anatomical (sMRI) factors (with Dr David Watson, UU).
I joined the Department of Psychiatry at QUB as a lecturer in 2006, moved to the Centre for Public Health in 2008 and subsequently, to the School of Psychology in 2012.
In this research cycle, I have collaborated to merge first episode psychosis databases in Ireland (Prof. John Waddington Cavan-Monaghan first episode psychosis study; Prof Eabhard O'Callaghan/Dr Mary Clarke - Dublin first episode psychosis study) in an attempt to explore issues that require greater statistical power. This resulted in a successful grant application to examine the incidence of suicide and suicide attempts following psychosis onset: HRB Ireland Partnership Award, 2009.
I am collaborating with researchers in NUI-Galway (Prof Colm McDonald and Dr Brian Hallahan) to conduct secondary analyses of sMRI Region of Interest data derived from people with psychosis.
With Dr. Ciaran Shannon (Psychology, QUB) and Dr. Ciaran Mulholland (Medicine, QUB), I have examined the effects of childhood trauma on memory functioning in people with psychosis and have acted as an external supervisor for two DClinPsych projects (QUB) on this topic. These students won the Praxis research prize for this work in 2011.
I have also collaborated with Ageing researchers in the Centre for Public Health (Prof. Peter Passmore and Dr David Craig) to examine neurocognitive functioning as it relates to neurodegenerative disease and its treatment. I am currently supervising a PhD DEL funded student, Ms. Oonagh Thompson, on the topic of brain training in people at high risk of developing dementia. I have also supervised an intercalated student on the topic of neurocognitive functioning in Mild Cognitive Impairment that resulted in a platform presentation and Young Doctors Award from the British Geriatric Society (H Tumelty), a substantial achievement given the student's stage of career.
I have conducted a cross-border comparison of people presenting with symptoms of dementia in Ireland (CARDI - Data-Mining Grant 2011), which represented a collaborative effort with Aging researchers at The Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (Prof. Brian Lawlor/Dr. Robert Coen/Ms Irene Bruce) and NUI-Galway (Dr. Bernadette McGuinness).
Barrett SL, Savage G, Coen R., Lawlor B., McGuinness B, Passmore AP, Todd S. A cross-border comparison of the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of people presenting with memory complaints in Ireland. 2012 CARDI Report. See Research Brief
Thompson, O., Barrett, S., Patterson, C. & Craig, D. Examining the Neurocognitive Validity of Commercially Available, Smartphone-Based Puzzle Games. Psychology, 3 (7), 525-526, 2012.
Campbell C, Barrett S.L., Shannon C., Hoy K.E., Rushe T., Cooper S.J. Mulholland C.C. The Relationship between Childhood Trauma and Neuropsychological Functioning in First Episode Psychosis. Psychosis, Social, Psychological and Integrative Approaches – Epub March 2012. DOI:10.1080/17522439.2012.660982 .
Hoy KE; Barrett, SL; Shannon, CJ; Campbell C; Watson DR; Rushe T; Shevlin M; Feng B; Cooper, SJ; Mulholland, CC. Childhood Trauma and Hippocampal and Amygdalar Volumes in First Episode Psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin Vol.38(6), pp. 1162-9, 2012. Epub Jul 2011.
Watson D.R.; Bai F; Barrett, SL; Turkington A.; Rushe T.M.; Mulholland, CC; Cooper, SJ Structural changes in the hippocampus and amygdala at first episode of psychosis. Brain Imaging and Behavior Vol. 6(1) pp. 49-60, 2012. Epub, 2011.
Shannon C; Douse K; McCusker C; Feeney L; Barrett, SL; Mulholland, CC. The Association Between Childhood Trauma and Memory Functioning in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin Vol.37(3), pp.531-7, 2011. Epub Sep 2009.
Watson D.R.; Anderson J.M.E.; Feng Bai; Barrett, SL; McGinnity T.M.; Mulholland, CC; Rushe T.M.; Cooper, SJ A voxel based morphometry study investigating brain structural changes in first episode psychosis. Behavioural Brain Research Vol. 227(1), pp. 91-99, 2011.
McGuinness, B; Barrett, SL; Craig, D; Lawson J; Passmore, AP. Attention deficits in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry Vol. 81(2), pp. 157-159, 2010.
McGuinness, B; Barrett, SL; Lawson J.; Passmore, AP Executive functioning in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Vol. 25, pp. 562-568, 2010.
McGuinness, B; Carson, R; Barrett, SL; Craig, D; Passmore, AP. Apolipoprotein epsilon 4 and neuropsychological performance in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Neuroscience Letters Vol. 483, pp. 62-66, 2010.
Turkington, A; Mulholland, C; Rushe T. M.; Anderson, R; McCaul R; Barrett, SL; Barr R. S.; Cooper, SJ Impact of persistent substance misuse on 1-year outcome in first-episode psychosis" The British Journal of Psychiatry Vol. 195(3), pp. 242-248, 2009.
Barrett, SL; Mulholland, CC; Cooper, SJ; Rushe TM Patterns of neurocognitive impairment in first-episode bipolar disorder and schizophrenia" The British Journal of Psychiatry Vol. 195(1), pp. 67-72, 2009.
Barrett, SL; Kelly, CB; Bell R; King DJ Gender influences the detection of spatial working memory deficits in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders Vol. 10(5), pp. 647-654, 2008.
Talbot P. S.; Watson, DR; Barrett, SL; Cooper, SJ Rapid tryptophan depletion improves decision-making cognition in healthy humans without affecting reversal learning or set shifting" Neuropsychopharmacology Vol. 31(7), pp. 1519-1525, 2006.
Barrett, SL; Kelly, C; Watson, DR; Bell, WR; King D.J. Normal levels of prepulse inhibition in the euthymic phase of bipolar disorder." Psychological Medicine Vol. 35(12), pp. 1737-1746, January 2005.
Barrett, SL; Bell, WR; Watson, DR; Prof D J King Effects of amisulpride, risperidone and chlorpromazine on auditory and visual latent inhibition, prepulse inhibition, executive function and eye movements in healthy volunteers." Journal of Psychopharmacology Vol. 18(2), pp. 156-172, 2004.
Thampi A.; Campbell C; Clarke M.; Barrett, SL; King D.J. Eye movements and neurocognitive function in treatment resistant schizophrenia: a pilot study. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine Vol. 20(1), pp. 6-10, 2003.