Peg Barratt

Professor of Applied Social Psychology
Room 205
Address: 2125 G Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-6544
[email protected]


Current Research

As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to the Graduate Program in African and Asian Studies at Kyoto University in Japan, Prof. Barratt collected data about the choices that mothers of infants make.  For example, questions were included about infant feeding, playing, sleeping, and mother's return to work and school.  Of interest were the family, friend, and health care influences on mother's decisions in this particular cultural context. This research follows on a life long interest in the family and community contexts of infant development.  Prof. Barratt has examined parent-infant interactions in families with children with Down Syndrome, families with pre-term infants, and single mother families.  


Ph.D. Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976


Publications since 2000

Barratt, M. (2000). Multidisciplinary perspectives on families in the United States at 2000. Michigan Family Review, 5, 1-9.

Barratt, M. (2001). Infancy research, policy, and practice. In G. Bremner & A, Fogel (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of infant development (pp. 641-659). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.

Van Egeren, L. A., Barratt, M., & Roach, M. (2001). Mother-infant responsiveness: Timing, mutual regulation, and interactional context. Developmental Psychology, 37, 684-697.

Van Egeren, L. A. & Barratt, M. S. (2004) The developmental origins of communication:  Interactional systems in infancy.  In A. L Vangelisti (Ed.) Handbook of family communication  (pp. 287-310). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 

Kossek, E. E., Meece, D., Barratt, M. E. & Prince, B. E. (2005).  US Latino migrant farm workers:  Managing acculturation stress and conserving work-family resources. In S. Poelmans (Ed.), Work and Family: An International Research Perspective (pp 38-56). Hillsdale NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum

Kossek, E. E.., Pichler, S. M., Meece, D., & Barratt, M. E. (2008).  Family, friend and neighbor child care providers and maternal well-being in low income systems:  An ecological social perspective. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81(3), 369-391.

Barratt, M. & Fener, E. (2010). Infancy research, policy, and practice. In J. Gavin Bremner and T. D. Wachs (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell handbook of infant development (second edition) Volume 2: Applied and Policy Issues (pp. 380-400). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.

Negayama, K., Norimatsu, H., Barratt, M., Bouville, J.F. (2012).  Japan-France-US comparison of infant weaning from mother’s viewpoint. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 30(1): 77-91.