Professor Paula Barrett

Adjunct Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Licenciatura in Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science


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Book Chapter

  • Iizuka, Christina Akiko, Barrett, Paula and Morris, Kate (2013). Anxiety prevention in school children and adolescents: the FRIENDS program. In Cecilia A. Essau and Thomas H. Ollendick (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety (pp. 519-543) Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Iizuka, Christina Akiko and Barrett, Paula M. (2011). Programa friends para tratamento e prevencao de transtornos de ansiedade em criancas e adolescentes. In Circe Salcides Petersen and Ricardo Wainer (Ed.), Terapias cognitivo-comportamentais para criancas e adolescentes (pp. 264-285) Sao Paulo, Brazil: Artmed.

  • Barrett, Paula and Farrell, Lara (2009). Prevention of child and youth anxiety and anxiety disorders. In Martin M. Antony and Murray B. Stein (Ed.), Oxford handbook of anxiety and related disorders (pp. 497-511) New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

  • Barrett, Paula and Farrell, Lara (2007). Behavioural family intervention for childhood anxiety. In James M. Briesmeister and Charles E. Schaefer (Ed.), Handbook of parent training: Helping parents prevent and solve problem behaviours 3rd ed. (pp. 133-163) Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley and Sons.

  • Farrell, L., Barrett, P. and Ollendick, T. (2007). School-based interventions for anxiety disorders in children and youth. In Steven W. Evans, Mark D. Weist and Zewelanji Natashya Serpell (Ed.), Advances in School-Based Mental Health Interventions: Best Practices and Program Models (pp. 15.1-15.15) United States: Civic Research Institute.

  • Sonderegger, R. and Barrett, P. (2006). Enhancing psychological adjustment for young Chinese migrants to Australia. In David Fu-Keung Ip, Raymond Hibbins and Wing Hong Chui (Ed.), Experiences of transitional Chinese migrants in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 157-170) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Barrett, Paula M. and Sonderegger, Robi (2005). Anxiety in Children—FRIENDS Program. In Arthur Freeman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (pp. 42-45) New York , U.S.A.: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers.

  • Dadds, M. R., Barrett, P. M. and Cobham, V. E. (1998). Anxiety disorders. In T. H. Ollendick (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (pp. xx-xx) New York , U.S.A: Elsevier Science.

  • Matthew R. Sanders, Mark R. Dadds and Paula M. Barrett (1995). The prevention of anxiety and stress related disorders in children. In B. Raphael and G. Burrow (Ed.), Handbook of Preventive Psychiatry (pp. 399-422) Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Xenos, S., Barrett, P. and Sonderegger, R. (2006). Anxiety, adjustment, and young migrants : The development of emotional resilience. In: , The Abstracts of the 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society. 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (269-269). 28 September-02 October 2005.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision