Dr. Jarrett is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in clinical psychology. Her research and clinical expertise is in promoting health and wellness, particularly for patients with mood and related disorders. She specializes in short-term, evidenced-based psychotherapy and focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy. In the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern, Dr. Jarrett collaborates on research, treats patients, teaches, and supervises clinical and/or research activities of trainees. Since 1989 Dr. Jarrett has directed the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic where the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has funded her research group across decades. She welcomes collaborators and trainees dedicated to understanding the role of psychosocial factors in the course of health and illness, particularly in mood and related disorders.

A partial listing of Dr. Jarrett’s publications can be found below and a more complete listing is available to interested readers at:


Graduate School
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1983), Psychology
University of Mississippi and VA Center Consortium (1984), Clinical Psychology
Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research (2001), Cognitive Therapy

Research Interest

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Mood and related disorders
  • Psychosocial factors and interventions that promote health


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Assessing Cognitive Therapy Skills Comprehension, Acquisition, and Use by Means of an Independent Observer Version of the Skills of Cognitive Therapy (SoCT-IO).
Brown GK, Thase ME, Vittengl JR, Borman PD, Clark LA, Jarrett RB Psychol Assess 2015 Sep
Predictors of longitudinal outcomes after unstable response to acute-phase cognitive therapy for major depressive disorder.
Vittengl JR, Clark LA, Thase ME, Jarrett RB Psychotherapy (Chic) 2015 Jun 52 2 268-77
Preventing Depressive Relapse and Recurrence in Higher-Risk Cognitive Therapy Responders: A Randomized Trial of Continuation Phase Cognitive Therapy, Fluoxetine, or Matched Pill Placebo.
Jarrett RB, Minhajuddin A, Gershenfeld H, Friedman ES, Thase ME JAMA Psychiatry 2013 Sep
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
Skills of Cognitive Therapy (SoCT): A new measure of patients' comprehension and use.
Jarrett RB, Vittengl JR, Clark LA, Thase ME Psychological assessment 2011 Feb 578-86
Comparative efficacy and durability of continuation phase cognitive therapy for preventing recurrent depression: design of a double-blinded, fluoxetine- and pill placebo-controlled, randomized trial with 2-year follow-up.
Jarrett RB, Thase ME Contemp Clin Trials 2010 Jul 31 4 355-77
Cognitive-behavioral therapy to prevent relapse in pediatric responders to pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder.
Kennard BD, Emslie GJ, Mayes TL, Nightingale-Teresi J, Nakonezny PA, Hughes JL, Jones JM, Tao R, Stewart SM, Jarrett RB J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2008 Dec 47 12 1395-404
Developing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Prevent Depressive Relapse in Youth.
Kennard BD, Stewart SM, Hughes JL, Jarrett RB, Emslie GJ Cogn Behav Pract 2008 Nov 15 4 387-399
Changes in cognitive content during and following cognitive therapy for recurrent depression: substantial and enduring, but not predictive of change in depressive symptoms.
Jarrett RB, Vittengl JR, Doyle K, Clark LA J Consult Clin Psychol 2007 Jun 75 3 432-46
Multiple measures, methods, and moments: a factor-analytic investigation of change in depressive symptoms during acute-phase cognitive therapy for depression.
Vittengl JR, Clark LA, Kraft D, Jarrett RB Psychol Med 2005 May 35 5 693-704

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Psychologist
    Dallas Psychological Association (2018)
  • Fellow
    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2015-2019)
  • Fellow
    American Psychological Association (2014-2019)
  • Certified Consultant and Trainer
    Academy of Cognitive Therapy (2013-2019)
  • Fellow
    Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) (2006)
  • Elizabeth H. Penn Professorship in Clinical Psychology
    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2004-2019)
  • Fourjay Scholar
    The Fourjay Foundation, The Beck Institute, Extramural Training Program (2000)
  • Diplomate and Founding Fellow
    Academy of Cognitive Therapy (1999-2019)
  • Principal Investigator with career awards
    Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) (2017-2019)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Clinical Psychology Mentorship Program (2017-2019)
  • Editorial Board: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (2017-2019)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS) (2010-2019)
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2004-2016)
  • Dallas Psychological Association (DPA) (1993-2019)
  • Reviewers Reserve [NIMH] (1990-2019)
  • Texas Psychological Association (TPA) (1990-2019)
  • International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (1989-2017)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) (1984-2019)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) (1978-2019)