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Barbara Barrett joined King’s in 2002 as a research assistant, completing her PhD here under Sarah Byford and becoming a member of academic staff in 2008. She has undergraduate and post graduate degrees in economics and health economics from the University of Birmingham.  

Barbara is interested in applying health economic evaluation techniques to research questions across a range of clinical areas including mental health, maternal health and healthcare in criminal justice settings.  

The other main aspect to her work is education. She leads the module on Economic Evaluation in Mental Health and is the departmental education lead, ensuring both the quantity and quality of the education King's Health Economics provides in HSPR.

Research Interests

  • Economic evaluation in clinical trials. 
  • Health economics at the intersection of physical and mental health. 
  • Economics of criminal justice (PhD supervision). 
  • Economics of school-based health care interventions (PhD supervision).


  • Health economics, economic evaluation.   

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Member of RELATE policy and research advisory group.