Research psychologist & Author

Education, Books & Awards


Ph.D., Harvard University

B.A., Queens College, New York


The Age of Longevity: Reimagining Tomorrow For Our New Long Lives, was published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.

“I found The Age of Longevity an immensely readable and enjoyable text...Overall, an engaging read for anyone interested in what the future might hold for an ageing population." — Ageing & Society, 2017.

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The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance is Hurting Women, Men, and our Economy, was published in 2013 by Tarcher/Penguin. 

The authors document how “little is being done to stem the flow of all-too-prevalent societal discrimination against women. Their detailed examination demonstrates “how widespread the railroading of women has been over the last 40 years in less-obvious places such as classrooms and in the home, where expectations force many to forfeit professional careers in favor of caregiving and child-rearing.” — Kirkus, 2013.

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The Truth about Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children, was published in paperback in 2013 by Columbia University Press.

“BRAVO! This is a much needed, informative, and engaging book. The authors ...take the reader on a critical and clarifying tour of claims about categorical, biologically-based sex differences...The authors do an excellent job of unpacking empirical assertions, exposing shabby "science," unfounded generalizations and jumps of logic.” — Barrie Thorne, Professor of Sociology, and Gender and Women's Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Author of Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School.

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Same Difference: How Gender Myths Harm Our Relationships, Our Children And Our Jobs, Basic Books, August 2004. 

“A benchmark work” — Library Journal;  

“No-nonsense,  refreshingly direct”— NY Times Book Review. 

Voted one of the best books of the year: Boston Globe editorial board.

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She Works, He works: How Two Income Families Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off.

Based on a study of 300 couples funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Harpercollins, San Francisco, l996. 

Winner of the 1996 Books for a Better Life Award.

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Lifeprints: New Patterns of Love and Work for Today's Women. McGraw Hill, l983. 

Designated as a “classic book” from the work-family canon that has made "a significant contribution and stood the test of time.” — The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

"A stunning work of great personal and political importance.” — Betty Friedan.

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Beyond Sugar And Spice: How Women, Grow, Learn and Thrive, Putnam l979. Book of the Month Club selection.

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Dr. Barnett is currently working on a proposal for a new book with her long-term writing colleague, Caryl Rivers

Selected Awards

  • Dr. Barnett was identified, in 2018, as a Top Ten Extraordinary Contributor to Work and Family Research by the Work and Family Researchers Network.

  • Dr. Barnett was identified, in 2017, as one of top 25 work-family researchers in the world by Brigham Young University.

  • Dr. Barnett is the recipient of several national awards, including the American Personnel and Guidance Association’s Annual Award for Outstanding Research, the Radcliffe College Graduate Society’s Distinguished Achievement Medal, and a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

  • Dr. Barnett received the Ann Rowe award for outstanding contribution to women's education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008.

  • Dr. Barnett was given a 2013 Lifetime Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute of New York.