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Carol Barrett, Ph.D.

Doctoral Faculty

Union Institute & University


Union Institute & University doctoral faculty member, Dr. Carol Barrett, is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator who has published two volumes of poetry, including the prize-winning collection Calling in the Bones (Ashland Poetry Press.) She holds two Ph.D.s: the first in Clinical Psychology and the second in Creative Writing. Her publications appear in journals in the fields of literature, psychology, gerontology, thanatology, women’s studies, medicine, religious studies, education, and art therapy. Her writing has challenged barriers due to gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, age, social class, differing abilities, religion/spirituality, and marital status. Dr. Barrett’s current research interest is the healing potential of poetry. She also writes creative nonfiction; the book Pansies (Sonder Press) was a 2020 Oregon Book Awards finalist.

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