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Patricia M. Barrett

Graduate Student    

M.A. in Demography, Florida State University Center for Demography and Population Health, 2015
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences & Sociology, Florida State University, 2014


Aging and the Life Course, Long-term Care and Healthcare Organizations, Families and Households, Gender and Sexuality, Education, and Applied Research Methods


Pat Barrett is a current Sociology PhD and Gerontology Certificate student who joined Georgia State University in the Fall of 2019. As a scholar and researcher in the 21st century, Pat recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary and applied research to solve problems. Pat’s current research focuses on masturbation and sexual behaviors of older adults, and the experiences of patients, residents, and employees in high-acuity healthcare facilities. Pat uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and draws insight from a variety of social science and public health disciplines.

Pat also contributes to two ongoing research projects: With the Gerontology Institute, Pat assists in an qualitative investigation into the guidance (or lack thereof) for clinicians when discussing sexuality with older adult patients. Additionally, Pat is a co-investigator in the design and evaluation of a pilot program based in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and known as EPIC, which emphasizes interdisciplinary coursework and applied learning for incoming undergraduates.

Pat is the current Secretary and Undergraduate Committee Liaison for GSU’s Sociology Graduate Student Association. Beginning in Fall 2020, Pat will also serve as the Sociology Department’s teaching assistant for graduate-level statistics.