Dr Barratt is a social scientist investigating the psychoactive drug use in digital society. She is particularly interested in how digital technologies and the cultures they sustain are transforming longstanding social problems like illicit drug use. Her research crosses a variety of disciplines, including sociology and criminology alongside epidemiology and public health.
Her work has been funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research fellowship and by NHMRC, US National Institutes of Health, New Zealand Marsden Foundation and Australian Institute of Criminology project grants.
She also holds a visiting appointment at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney and holds the following appointments: Australian Research Lead, Global Drug Survey; Director of Research, Bluelight.org; Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator (Victoria), The Loop Australia; Associate Editor, International Journal of Drug Policy; Deputy Editor, Drug and Alcohol Review.