Dr. Barrett earned her doctorate from the APA- and NASP-accredited School Psychology program at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. Dr. Barrett is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2019, she was a practitioner with Ingham Intermediate School District from 2015-2019 and a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Utah State University from 2012-2015. She was selected to participate in the Global Curriculum Fellowship program in the College of Education at MSU in 2021, the Early Career Prevention Scientist Training Program by the Society for Prevention Research in 2020, was named an Early Career Scholar by the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) in 2019, and received an Early Career Research Award from SSSP in 2016. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, a member of the Editorial Board for School Psychology Review, and a member of the Statistical Advisory Editorial Board for School Psychology.

In addition to her passion for school psychology, Dr. Barrett enjoys spending time with her husband and two children: Sharif (6) and Khalila (4), running, yoga, pilates, hiking, stand-up comedy, cooking, and traveling.