Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She currently lectures on the professional program in clinical psychology at James Cook University Singapore (JCUS) where she is responsible for coursework teaching, as well as the clinical and research supervision of trainee clinical psychologists. She supervises PhD students on a range of health and sociocultural topics. 

Joanna also continues to practice clinically in Singapore, assessing and treating adults with a wide range of mental health problems. Prior to joining JCUS in 2013, Joanna 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. 

Joanna has two main focuses within her research reflecting her passion for understanding and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of marginalised groups in the community and her clinical interest in schema therapy. In her research with marginalised groups, Joanna primarily uses qualitative methodology to investigate the phenomenological experiences of members of these groups and give voice to them in an effort to guide clinical interventions and influence policy change. 

In her schema therapy research, Joanna combines her clinical and academic experience to advance understanding of the schema model and its applications to explain the links between early experiences and adaptive and maladaptive functioning in adulthood. With her background in forensic mental health, Joanna is also interested in investigating the relationships between traumatic experiences, mental health and risk-behaviours. 

  • PY5303: Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan (Level 5; SIN)
  • Qualitative Research; Early Adversity & Mental Health; Wellbeing; Schema Therapy; Forensic Psychology
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by A/PROF 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)
  • 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)
  • A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Trainee Counsellors' Phenomenological Hindering Self-Focused Attention (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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