Joan Barnett , PsyD

( she/her/hers )



Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Joan Barnett, PsyD, comes to The Ross Center after a 17-year assignment at the Pentagon, where she helped to establish the Pentagon’s behavioral health unit in response to the events of 9-11. Upon leaving her position as Psychologist and Interim Chief of that unit, her work was acknowledged in an award citation for years of service to over 8000 individuals.

Dr. Barnett earned her MSW from Catholic University and her PsyD from George Washington University. During her career she has specialized in working with individuals exposed to trauma, and also with the special issues that may arise for individuals working for the military, foreign service, intelligence services and other U.S and foreign government entities. She has extensive multicultural experience, having lived in Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, Venezuela and Honduras and having worked professionally in Taiwan and Hongkong.

Dr. Barnett has received specialized training in a broad range of evidence-based therapies for treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as the full spectrum of anxiety and mood disorders. She works collaboratively with each client to assess concerns, identify goals and create realistic treatment plans targeted to each client’s goals and needs.

Dr. Barnett has completed continuing education requirements that meet the initiatives of The Ross Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

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