Fred Barrett

Associate Professor, Psychiatry/Behavioral Sci, Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


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Cognitive Neuroscientist and Neuropsychopharmacologist studying the acute and enduring effects of psychedelic drugs and music on affect, cognition, and the brain. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University.

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Jan 2021 - Present

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Oct 2016 - Jan 2021

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Jul 2015 - Oct 2016

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Jun 2013 - Jun 2015

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow

I work with Roland Griffiths and Katherine MacLean in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins. We will apply neuroimaging and behavioral techniques to investigate the neural bases of experiences with psychoactive substances (primarily serotonergic agonists).

Jan 2010 - Jun 2013

Davis Doshin Aikido Dojo

Chief Instructor

I founded and developed an affiliate school of Doshinkan Aikido International in Davis, CA. I trained over 75 students, raised 3 students above 3rd kyu rank (all students beging at 10th kyu), and I trained one student through to his shodan degree (first-degree black belt). Davis Doshin Aikido Dojo is a recognized affiliate of the Aikido Association of North America and Doshinkan Aikido International.


2007 - Jun 2013

UC Davis

Graduate Student in Psychology

I used behavioral, physiological (primarily SCR, heart rate, and respiration), and neuroimaging (primarily fMRI) techniques to investigate memories and emotions evoked by music. I also investigated the contributions of personality, mood state, and preferences to predicting music-evoked emotions.

2004 - 2007

Brain Behavior Laboratory, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Coordinator

I developed web-based neuropsychological testing software, and I helped conduct studies of emotional expression and cognition in patients with schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis. I also assisted in developing testing software for use in neuroimaging studies of emotion, cognition, and deception.


2007 - 2013

University of California, Davis

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychology

2007 - 2009

University of California, Davis

Master's degree, Psychology

2009 - 2009

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Summer Workshop, Music Information Retrieval

1998 - 2004

BM, Music Education, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

2004 - 2007

Doshinkan Dojo

Shodan, Aikido

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