Thomas Barrett



Thomas Barrett

Department Faculty

  • Roles:

  • Department Chair

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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From 1990 - 2010, Dr. Barrett served as Executive and Clinical Director of the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development and during that time was a member of the Center's child psychoanalytic training Faculty. From 2001 through June 2010 he held an Associate Professorship at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where as the John A. Hadden, Jr., M.D. Chair he was the Director of the Center for Psychoanalytic Child Development. For more nearly 35 years he has maintained a private practice as a psychologist and child/adolescent psychoanalyst.

Dr. Barrett holds degrees in Child Development and Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University and undertook post-graduate training in Infant Mental Health with Prof. Selma Fraiberg at the Child Development Project of the University of Michigan. He completed child analytic training through the Hanna Perkins Center in 1987. From 1986-1990 he worked with Erna Furman on the Hanna Perkins toddler research project, which culminated in the publication Toddlers and Their Mothers: A Study in Early Personality Development. Dr. Barrett has published a variety of professional papers and presents regularly at conferences at local, national, and international venues.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. Psychology/Honors College Michigan State University
M.A. Child Development Michigan State University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Michigan State University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member 1976-current American Psychological Association (Div 39, Psychoanalysis)
Member 1979-current Ohio Psychological Association
Terms as Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor, Co-Chair of Program Committee 1986-current Association for Child Psychoanalysis
Vice President 2003-current Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools
Past Treasurer 2007-current Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation
Delegate Member 2010-current National Council of Schools & Programs of Professional Psychology
Member 2011-current American Psychoanalytic Association - Certified in Child/Adolescent Psychoanalysis
Member 2011-current Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
Faculty 2012-current Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Member 2013-current International Psychoanalytic Association
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois, Ohio
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Cognitive Development
Identity Development
Learning/Learning Disabilities
Media Influence
Social Development
Social Development
Marriage & Family Adoption
Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Developmental Psychology

Barrett, T. (2008). Manic Defenses against Loneliness in Adolescence. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. Vol. 63, 111-136.

Barrett, T. (2008). The Secret Life (and Hopes) of Teens: What you don't know about them - What they may not want to know about themselves. Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied. Vol. 18.

Barrett, T., Streeter, B., Lawson, P., Zraly, M., Longhofer, J., Buchbinder, M. (2006). The Hanna Perkins Center Model for Consultation in Child Care: Meeting the needs of children and their caregivers. Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied. Vol. 17.

Buchbinder, M., Longhofer, J., Barrett, T., Lawson, P., and Floersch, J. (2006). Ethnographic Approaches to Child Care Research. Journal of Early Childhood Research. Vol. 4, 45-63.

Barrett, T. (2003). The Value of a Psychoanalytic Perspective in Medical Education. Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied. Vol. 14. (Pgs. 25-41).

Streeter, B. and Barrett, T. (1999). Consultations with Day Care Centers: Supporting Quality Care for Preschool-Aged Children. Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied. Vol. 10. (Pgs. 155-181).

Barrett, T. The Analyst versus the "Gate-Keeper": Psychodynamic Treatment of Children. In Barron, J. and Sands, H. Eds. (1996). Impact of Managed Care on Psychodynamic Treatment. Madison: International Universities Press. (Pgs. 155-163).

Barrett, T. Supporting Drive Fusion: Mitigating Destructive Aggression in Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. (1995). Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical, and Applied. Vol. 6. (Pgs. 128-151).

Barrett, T. (1991). An Analytic Case: An Adolescent Boy's Working Through of Active-Passive Conflicts. Child Analysis: Clinical, Theoretical and Applied. Vol. 2. (Pgs. 61-79).

Barrett, T. (1980). Prevention in Infant Mental Health. Journal of Infant Mental Health. Vol. 1. (Pgs. 1-15).

Professional Skills
clinical psychology, child and adolescent psychology, children and families, child/adolescent psychoanalysis, clinical supervision, organizational consultation