Sean Barrett

Professor and Director of Training for the Clinical PhD Program

Phone: (902) 494-2956
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Rm 2525, 1355 Oxford Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Addiction
  • Neuroscience
  • Clinical psychology


BA/BSc (St. Francis Xavier)
PhD (McGill)

Research Interests

Dr. Barrett’s research aims to understand how various pharmacological and non-pharmacological factors contribute to different addictive behaviours as well as to determine the extent to which there are individual differences in the roles of such factors.

Selected Publications

  • Balter L, Good KP, Barrett SP. (2015). Smoking cue reactivity in current smokers, former smokers and never smokers. Addictive Behaviors. 45: 26-29.

  • Barrett SP, Collins P, Stewart SH. (2015). The acute effects of tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption on video-lottery terminal gambling. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 130: 34-39.
McGrath DS, Peloquin MP, Ferdinand JC, Barrett SP. (2015). Acute effects of nicotine on alcohol cue reactivity in non-dependent and dependent smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 23(1): 29-36.

  • Schlagintweit HE, Greer H, Good KP, Barrett SP. (2015). The impact of anticipated and unanticipated smoking opportunities on cigarette smoking and nicotine lozenge responses. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 147: 97-102.

  • Dar R, Barrett SP. (2014). The effects of beliefs regarding drug assignment in experimental and field studies of nicotine delivery devices: A review. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 28(11): 1071-9.

Awards and Honours

2013 Faculty of Science Killam Prize