Faculty Profile: Rowland Barrett, PHD, MA

Rowland Barrett
Rowland Barrett, PHD, MA
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
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Rowland Barrett has published extensively on psychiatric aspects of autism, Asperger's syndrome, epilepsy, self-injurious behavior, intellectual disability, and developmental disabilities.


Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, 1978. He completed his fellowship training at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Barrett is Director, Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities, Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital. The Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital is the nation's largest and most comprehensive specialty clinical care program for children with autism spectrum disorders and/or mental retardation and their families. The program offers a continuum of clinical care settings including inpatient, day patient, residential, home-based and outpatient services to families. Dr. Barrett has published extensively on psychiatric aspects of autism, Asperger's syndrome, epilepsy, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities.



Research Description

Preventing psychiatric hospitalization and re-hospitalization in at-risk groups of children with autism and/or intellectual disability. This is a longitudinal, 10 year, N=60, home based, early intervention initiative that seeks to examine the effects of early and intensive parent training in child behavior management on subsequent out-of-home placement of children with autism and/or intellectual disability.

Grants and Awards


1990 Master of Arts, ad eundem, Brown University
1993 Charles Bradley Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, Brown University School of Medicine
2007 Alice Oster Award, The Autism Project of Rhode Island


Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital
Member, International Consensus Panel on Psychopharmacology in Developmental Disabilities
Associate Editor, Research in Developmental Disabilities
Editorial Board, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Editorial Board, Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter

Funded Research

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Multidisciplinary strategies for effective classroom behavior management. June Rockwell Levy Foundation, 2006, $30,000.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Specialty clinic that combines communication skills, occupational therapy, and parent training to decrease perceptual hypersensitivities, improve communication abilities, and improve self-regulation of mood and behavior. CVS/Caremark, $750,000, 2009.

Teaching Experience

Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology. This is a 40-week core seminar required of 4th and 5th year fellows in child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as 2nd year Triple Board fellows.

Selected Publications

  • Barrett, R.P., & Sachs, H.T. (2006). Epilepsy and seizure disorders. In L. Phelps (Ed.), Chronic health disorders in children: Collaborative medical and psychosocial interventions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (2006)
  • Noll, L., & Barrett, R.P., (2005). Stereotyped acts. In J.L. Matson & R.B. Laud (Eds.), Behavior modification in persons with developmental disabilities (pp.219-278). Washington, DC: National Association of Dual Diagnosis. (2005)
  • Barrett, R.P. (2005). Self-injurious behavior. In S. Lee (Ed.), Encyclopedia of school psychology. Volume 3 (pp. 492-505. New York: Macmillan. (2005)
  • Barrett, R.P. (2004). Is there an autism epidemic? Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 20, 7-8. (2004)
  • Barrett, R.P. (in press). Atypical behavior: Self-injury and pica. In P. Dworkin, M. Wolraich, D. Drotar, & E. Perrin (Eds), Developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Philadelphia: Elsevier ()
  • Tylenda, B., Beckett, J., & Barrett, R.P. (in press). Assessing mental retardation using standardized intelligence tests. In J.L. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of assessment in persons with intellectual disabilities. San Diego: Elsevier. ()