Peg Barratt, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at George Washington University, and spent fall 2013 as a visiting researcher at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University in Japan. Her Fulbright-supported research there built upon a career of investigating mother infant interactions with support from Office of Population Affairs, NIH, NICHD, Skillman Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and NSF. Interview and questionnaire data from Japanese mothers is being considered in the context of Japanese policies and practices.
Prof. Barratt formed her career with many years at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison then served as the director of the Institute for Children, Youth, and Families at Michigan State University. In that role she founded the Michigan Family Impact Seminars that provided research information (seminars and briefing reports) to the legislative and executive branches. After 5 years of government service (NSF and NIH, Office of the Director), Prof. Barratt spent 6 years as dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Science at GW. She served as the Human Subjects Research Officer at NSF and served on national committees addressing those issues.
She returned to the faculty of George Washington University in 2014 where her teaching focuses on psychology, developmental psychology, and research methods. She received the Chancellor'e Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. Spring 2014 and Fall 2015 she taught Psychology courses for the University of Virginia sponsored Semester at Sea program (Institute for Shipboard Education).
Editorial experience includes special issues (International Journal of Behavioral Development; Infant Journal of Mental Health) and a stint as Associate Editor for Developmental Psychology. She has provided briefings for a National Academies committee and at the US Capital. She reviews for journals and Fulbright.