An extract on #positivevibes
Barratt was educated as a Quaker at Leighton Park School and graduated with first class Honors in Social Psychology with a minor in Asian and African Studies from the University of Sussex in 1973. He earned a Master's degree in Psychology and Social Relations and a PhD in Personality and Developmental Psychology at Harvard University in 1976 with clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in 1989 and earned a second PhD in Human Sexuality in 1995 from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Early in his career, Barratt was elected a postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Michigan Society of Fellows and served on the Universitys faculty in the Department of Psychology. For a major portion of his midcareer, he was Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
He was appointed and served on the Faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute for fifteen years, including almost a decade as a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst. He is currently a Training Analyst with the South African Psychoanalytic Association and a full clinical member of both the International Psychoanalytical Association and the European Association for Body Psychotherapy as well as being elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology
As former Director of the Midwest Institute of Sexology, Barratt offered expert testimony in 2005 to the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Constitutional Law and Ethics. He spoke in 2009 at the 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health on "Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge", in Gteborg Sweden. More recently, he was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, presented at the 2015 Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, lectured on psychoanalysis in Tehran in 2016, and was an invited speaker at the Taiwan Conference on the Asian Oedipus in 2017.
Barratt is past President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and former Director of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and Federation now known as the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, which advocates for sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Positive Vibes an organization that operates throughout southern Africa, supporting HIV+ community groups and advocating for the human rights and civil liberties of GLBTQI communities. He is a longstanding supporter of Amnesty International as well as other human rights and civil liberties organizations.
He has served on the editorial boards of a number of national and international, scientific and professional journals, currently including Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and Psychoanalytic Psychology. In addition to his books, he has published over a hundred articles and reviews in scientific and professional journals.