Karen Chan Barrett, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Institute for Health & Aging at the UCSF School of Nursing and the Department of Otolaryngology at the School of Medicine. She is an Auditory Cognitive Neuroscientist and her research interests include the neuroscience of creativity, music perception in cochlear implant users, and music and health. Dr. Barrett is also collegiate faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, co-teaching a class on Music and the Brain with Dr. Indre Viskontas.
Prior to moving to San Francisco in Spring 2016, Dr. Barrett served as adjunct faculty at Peabody Institute of Music and Johns Hopkins University, teaching introductory seminars on music cognition to both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Barrett received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Music Theory and Cognition in March 2015. Dr. Barrett's graduate work used perceptual and neural experiments to study attention to complex multivoiced music as well as the impact of musical training on neural plasticity.