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Dr. Catherine Barrett

Dr. Catherine Barrett is a licensed Clinical Forensic Psychologist, based out of Los Angeles, California. She first gained clinical experience after graduating from University of Southern California in 2009, with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Through her training and clinical experience, she worked with marginalized populations, inevitably leading her to an interest in forensic psychology. Dr. Barrett attended California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University, where she obtained a Master’s Degree as well as a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Dr. Barrett graduated in 2014. The majority of her training was in risk assessment, evaluation, and treatment of sex offenders, sexually violent predators, mentally disordered offenders, and individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity. Dr. Barrett completed her Pre-Doctoral internship at the San Francisco Forensic Institute where she evaluated, treated, and ran psychological assessments on sex offenders and sexually violent predators. Dr. Barrett was first certified with the Sex Offender Management Board at this time.

Dr. Barrett has been clinically trained and certified to administer the ABEL-Assessment of sexual interest and the STABLE-2007, which measures potential risk for future violence. She has also assisted Dr. Charles Flinton in administering the Penile Plethysmograph (PPG) to forensic hospital patients at Patton State Hospital in San Bernandino, California. The PPG or phallometry is measurement of blood flow to the penis, typically used as a proxy for measurement of sexual arousal. Dr. Barrett has spent a significant amount of time providing group and individual therapy, as well as risk assessment to the sex offending population. Additionally, she has worked for Conditional Release Programs; such as Gateways Forensic Hospital and MHM services. Dr. Barrett provided treatment, psychological evaluation, and risk assessment to those being offered conditional release due to either a mentally disordered offense or found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Dr. Barrett has experience testifying in court in cases related to revocation of outpatient status to patients on conditional release, as well as expert witnessing in a forensic case for the California Innocence Project. Currently, she works for Teen Therapy Center in Los Angeles where she provides treatment to teens, families, couples, and adults. One area of focus is working with abuse survivors of narcissistically or antisocial personality disordered abuse. Dr. Barrett is an adjunct professor for the University of Southern California where she teaches Law and Ethics, Child/Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence, and Psychometric testing, to graduate students.