Dr Carrie Barber

Qualifications: PhD Vanderbilt University

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Perinatal mental health, especially depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, and the adjustment to parenting; child clinical psychology, especially the efficacy of mental health treatment for childhood emotional and behavioural problems, and the effects of relationships and attachment on development.

Research Interests

Carrie's clinical experience is with assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, as well as perinatal mental health and issues relating to parenting. She is registered as a clinical psychologist in New Zealand, and has previously been licensed in Kansas and California.

Her research experience includes evaluation of the outcomes of intensive mental health services to children and adolescents, as well as social services to homeless youth; her current research focus is on perinatal mental health and transition to parenting.

Recent Publications

  • Barber, C. C., Middlemiss, W., & Medvedev, O. N. (2022). Applying Rasch methodology to examine and enhance precision of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2022.04.009

  • Barber, C. C., & Masters-Awatere, B. (2021). Positively Pregnant: Development and piloting of a mobile app for social and emotional well-being in pregnancy. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. doi:10.1111/aphw.12333

  • Barber, C., Singh, S., Hinze, A., & Vanderschantz, N. (2018). Positively pregnant: exploring a stress-management app for pregnant women. In 32nd BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (BCS HCI 2018) (pp. 4 pages). Conference held Belfast, Northern Ireland. doi:10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.179 Open Access version:

  • Barber, C. C. (2018). Positively pregnant: a mobile phone app to support well-being in pregnancy [mobile phone app for pregnant women]. University of Waikato. Retrieved from

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