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Peg (Marguerite) Barratt

George Washington University

Dr. Peg Barratt is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar at Kyoto University.  She is a developmental psychologist specializing in the area of parent-child interaction with a focus on naturalistic field work.  She is currently studying the decisions that mothers make for their infants; specifically she seeks to understand cross-culturally the factors that influence decisions about infant sleeping, feeding, and enrichment activities as well as mother’ choices about working.

Spring Semester 2014 she will serve as a faculty member teaching Psychology courses with the University of Virginia’s program Semester at Sea.  This will draw upon her considerable international travel, cross-cultural research, and three long term stays in Japan, beginning in 1988. 

From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Barratt was the dean of The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in. Under her leadership, the size of the faculty increased substantially, and the faculty research profile expanded significantly. The general education curriculum was revised to educate students to engage in active intellectual inquiry by developing analytical skills, communication skills, and diverse perspectives.   Across a range of disciplines students now acquire enhanced analytic skills in quantitative and scientific reasoning, and critical and creative thinking, along with global and cross cultural perspective, local/civic engagement, and effective communications skills.  She is a tireless advocate for the liberal arts.  Through extensive outreach efforts, she also worked to ensure alumni remained engaged in the life of the College and the University.  She returns to the faculty in the department of Psychology fall 2014.

 Dr. Barratt has a broad administrative background in both the higher education and government sectors. She served in leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Michigan State University, where she was the director of the Institute for Children, Youth and Families. For 19 years, she was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and served as department chair. During her tenure at Wisconsin – Madison, she was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Barratt is an alumna of GW’s graduate program in psychology and holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Barratt is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science; and her research has been published extensively in various scholarly journals, including Developmental Psycholo