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Edith J. Barrett is a Professor in the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Urban and Public Affairs and is a member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She has also held appointments at Brown University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Southern California's Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and has had a fellowship through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for study of political psychology in Cologne, Germany.
She has been a consultant on a variety of projects addressing urban issues, including the State of Texas Charter School Evaluation; a study for the Department of Housing and Urban Development examining Latinos' use of HUD-sponsored housing programs in El Paso; and a longitudinal evaluation of an urban residential drug treatment program for low-income teens. She was the principal investigator on a five-year study for the City of Fort Worth in which she evaluated the impacts forced relocation had on residents of a public housing development, and just recently, Edith and colleagues completed a National Science Foundation-funded study examining the role of urban public schools in mediating the potentially negative impact on youths forced to relocate following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most of these professional experiences have revolved around her central research interest: how public policy shapes the lives of urban residents. Dr. Barrett holds a B.S. in Psychology from Baylor University and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University.