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 the undergraduate course in psychology. She is responsible for clinical and research supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.

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 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.

  • PY5304: Assessment in Psychology (Level 5; SIN & TSV)
  • Forensic Psychology Qualitative Research Schema Theory
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 13+ 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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