Dr. BARRY Tom Joseph
Assistant Professor (Research)


PhD Experimental Psychopathology (2015) – University of Leuven, Belgium
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (with distinction) (2011) – University of Reading, United Kingdom
BSc Psychology (Hons) (2009) – University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Office: 6.58
Phone: (852) 3917-8927
Email: tjbarry@hku.hk

Dr. Barry uses an experimental psychopathological approach to model psychological disorder and explore the mechanisms involved in the onset and severity of these disorders, as well as the treatment of these disorders. In particular, his research examines how differences between people in their ability to inhibit and overcome fear can influence the emergence and severity of anxiety disorders such as specific phobia and social anxiety disorder, and how this ability can also influence their response to cognitive-behavioural treatments. Tom’s research also explores the cognitive mechanisms (such as individual differences in attention and memory) which might influence these fear learning processes and their relationship with disorder onset and treatment.

Barry, T. J., Murray, L., Fearon, P., Moutsiana, C., Johnstone, T., & Halligan, S. L. (2017). Amygdala volume and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity to social stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 85, 96–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.07.487

Treanor, M., & Barry, T. J. (2017). Treatment of avoidance behavior as an adjunct to exposure therapy: Insights from modern learning theory. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 96, 30–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2017.04.009

Barry, T. J., Vervliet, B. & Hermans, D. (2017). Feature specific attention and the return of fear after extinction. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8, 76-87. doi:10.5127/jep.051115

Barry, T. J., Sewart, A., Arch, J. & Craske, M. G. (2015). Deficits in disengaging attention from threat predict improved response to CBT for anxiety. Depression and Anxiety, 32, 892–899. doi:10.1002/da.22421

Barry, T. J., Vervliet, B., & Hermans, D. (2015). An integrative review of attention biases and their contribution to treatment for anxiety disorders. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00968

The Experimental Psychopathology Lab
The Experimental Psychopathology Lab merges insights from basic psychological science and clinical practice to model and investigate the core mechanisms involved in the onset, maintenance and treatment of psychological disorder in young people and adults.

I’m looking for research interns to work within the newly formed Experimental Psychopathology Lab as part of a range of projects using different statistical and experimental techniques to explore the mechanisms involved in the emergence, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Ideally, applicants will have a very strong grasp of English and Cantonese and they should be comfortable working independently and in taking initiative where necessary.

There is no necessity for applicants to have existing statistical or experimental expertise but you should be passionate about Psychology and about learning new skills and you should at least not be afraid of SPSS. As such, students at all levels will be considered.

It is hoped that this will feed into publications and paid opportunities in the future.

If you’re interested, please email me at tjbarry@hku.hk with a brief description of yourself, any experience you might have in the field and why it is you’re applying.

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