Joanna is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer. She joined JCU Singapore 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 and PhD students.

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 in both inpatient secure hospitals and community settings. Her clinical knowledge covers a wide range of presenting problems, with particular interest in developmental adversity and its links to psychopathology and well-being. Her clinical approach is primarily cognitive-behavioural with a special interest in schema-focused therapy.

Joanna primarily uses qualitative methodologies in her research and is interested in understanding the impact of early adversity on adult mental health and behaviour, the experiences of mental health professionals and caregivers, and clients receiving interventions.

  • PY5304: Assessment in Psychology (Level 5; SIN)
  • Qualitative Research; Early Adversity & Mental Health; Schema Therapy; Forensic Psychology
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 18+ research outputs authored by Dr Joanna Barlas from 2006 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Caregiver Adaption - Caring for Adolescents with Intellectual Disability after they leave the Special Education School System (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Transition to Adulthood of Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Co-morbid Mental Health Conditions: A Mixed Method Study of Caregiving Experiences (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Am I Competent Enough? A Mixed-method Study Exploring Trainee Counsellors' Phenomenological Hindering Self-awareness Experiences and the Influence on Counselling Self-Efficacy during Counsellor Training (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Levels of religiosity and spirituality, and attitudes towards discussing them in therapy - A study on clients and psychotherapists in Singapore (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Treatment Effectiveness of an Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Skills Group (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Socio-political Stressors and Long-tem relationship Resilience among same-sex couples: A Mixed-methods study (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Does the Young Schema Model explain the developmental origins and mechanisms of depressive symptoms? (2019, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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