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Dr. Joanna Barlas

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Dr. Joanna Barlas

Senior Lecturer Psychology


  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy), University College London, 2005 – 2008
  • MSc Forensic Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2003 – 2004
  • BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 1999 - 2002

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Joanna is a chartered clinical psychologist. She joined JCU (Singapore Campus) in October 2013. She currently lectures on the professional course in clinical psychology and she is responsible for clinical and research supervision of trainee clinical psychologists. Her role also extends to lecturing on the undergraduate psychology programmes.

Joanna completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London in the UK. She then worked for five years in the UK National Health Service, specialising in working with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems and offending behaviour. She has worked in both inpatient secure hospitals and community settings. Her clinical knowledge covers a wide-range of presenting problems, with particular interest in trauma, psychosis and personality disorder and their links to offending behaviour. Her clinical approach is primarily cognitive-behavioural with a special interest in schema-focused therapy. In the UK she had links with the Institute of Psychiatry and Hertfordshire University, teaching and supervising placements for clinical psychology trainees and forensic psychology masters students.

Research Interests

  • Relationships between traumatic experiences, mental disorder and offending behaviour
  • Perceptions of risk and recovery amongst mentally disordered offenders and their families
  • Schema-focused therapy with mentally disordered offenders