Innovations in End-of-Life Care
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Ronald Keith Barrett, PhD
Dr. Ronald K. Barrett is a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where among other topics, he teaches a course that he created on the Psychology of Death and Dying. He is an internationally recognized specialist on the study of cross-cultural differences in death, dying, and funeral rites, has published widely on African American funeral practices and multicultural perspectives, and has taught a graduate course on cross-cultural counseling.
Dr. Barrett is widely known for his expertise on urban youth homicidal violence. He has served as a consultant to groups from across the country, including the Open Society Institute, the Los Angeles and Philadelphia County coroner's offices, and the Mayor's Office of the City of Baltimore. In addition, he has been a featured national teleconference speaker on the Hospice Foundation of America's Children Mourning, Mourning Children (1995); the Service Corporation International's Communities in Crisis: Safeguarding our Kids at School and on the Streets (1997); and the Hospice Foundation of America's Living with Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve (1998).
Dr. Barrett is a speaker, social advocate, researcher, and author of numerous scholarly projects on children, youth and death and dying. In 1998, Dr. Barrett was recognized and honored for his work on the project as an Expert in Residence via a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.
Additionally, Dr. Barrett has worked on the treatment, research, and design of grief support groups, and methods in the treatment of traumatic loss in young, inner city children. In the spring of 2001, he was a keynote speaker for the National SIDS Alliance national conference. He is actively involved in the HIV/AIDS community and is widely known nationally for his work and consultations on Bereavement Burnout Prevention.
Dr. Barrett's international reputation has involved him with research and teaching assignments in Germany and seminars in Australia and Ghana. During the summer of 1999, Dr. Barrett began studying funeralization and aftercare practices among West African Akan and blacks in the Caribbean. In spring of 2001, he completed a research sabbatical in Ghana where he studied the traditional systems of grief aftercare. During his sabbatical, he was invited to be visiting scholar at the University of Ghana. Dr. Barrett was an invited speaker and consultant for the Barbados National Assistance Board and was the keynote speaker for an international African and Caribbean Bereavement conference in the summer of 2000. He is the founder of the Caribbean African International Bereavement Association.
Additionally, Dr. Barrett teaches a seminar that he created on the Psychology of Men and regularly conducts workshops on Men and Grief. Dr. Barrett is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is the founder and chair of the ADEC People of Color Forum and past chair of the ADEC Multiculturalism Committee. He is also a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, and the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
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