Dr. Jarrett is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research and clinical expertise is in mood and related disorders. She specializes in short-term psychotherapy and focuses on cognitive therapy. In the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern, Dr. Jarrett directs research, treats patients, and supervises clinical and research activities of trainees and junior faculty. Dr. Jarrett has directed the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic since 1989 where the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has continuously funded her research group. She welcomes collaborators and trainees dedicated to understanding the role of psychosocial factors in the course of illness, particularly mood and related disorders.


Graduate School University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1983)

Research Interest

  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Depression
  • Mood and related disorders
  • Psychosocial factors and interventions
  • Psychotherapy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Replication and Extension: Separate Personality Traits from States to Predict Depression.
Vittengl JR, Clark LA, Thase ME, Jarrett RB J. Pers. Disord. 2013 Jun
Nomothetic and Idiographic Symptom Change Trajectories in Acute-Phase Cognitive Therapy for Recurrent Depression.
Vittengl JR, Clark LA, Thase ME, Jarrett RB J Consult Clin Psychol 2013 Apr
Acute phase cognitive therapy for recurrent major depressive disorder: Who drops out and how much do patient skills influence response?
Jarrett RB, Minhajuddin A, Kangas JL, Friedman ES, Callan JA, Thase ME Behav Res Ther 2013 Jan 51 4-5 221-230
Impact of reproductive status and age on response of depressed women to cognitive therapy.
Brandon AR, Minhajuddin A, Thase ME, Jarrett RB J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2013 Jan 22 1 58-66
Proof of concept: Partner-Assisted Interpersonal Psychotherapy for perinatal depression.
Brandon AR, Ceccotti N, Hynan LS, Shivakumar G, Johnson N, Jarrett RB Arch Womens Ment Health 2012 Dec 15 6 469-80
Cognitive reactivity, dysfunctional attitudes, and depressive relapse and recurrence in cognitive therapy responders.
Jarrett RB, Minhajuddin A, Borman PD, Dunlap L, Segal ZV, Kidner CL, Friedman ES, Thase ME Behav Res Ther 2012 May 50 5 280-6
Interpersonal problems as predictors of therapeutic alliance and symptom improvement in cognitive therapy for depression.
Renner F, Jarrett RB, Vittengl JR, Barrett MS, Clark LA, Thase ME J Affect Disord 2012 May 138 3 458-67
Outcomes of acute phase cognitive therapy in outpatients with anxious versus nonanxious depression.
Smits JA, Minhajuddin A, Thase ME, Jarrett RB Psychother Psychosom 2012 81 3 153-60

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow
    American Psychological Association (2014)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Funding
    NIMH funding as Principal Investigator (2013)
  • Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine
  • Elizabeth H. Penn Professorship in Clinical Psychology
    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2004)
  • Fourjay Scholar
    The Fourjay Foundation, The Beck Institute, Extramural Training Program (2000)
  • Diplomate and Founding Fellow; Certified Consultant and Trainer
    Academy of Cognitive Therapy (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (1978)
  • American Psychological Association
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2004-present)
  • IRG Review, NIMH: Interventions Committee Adult Mood and Anxiety Disorders (2008-2009)
  • IRG Review, NIMH: Interventions Committee for Adult Disorders (2009-2012)
  • Reviewers Reserve [NIMH] (1990-2012)