Dr. Barned’s research has attended to issues at the intersection of psychology and bioethics. Her research program has covered topics such as cultural constructions of health and beauty, lived experiences of illness, children’s participation in biomedical research, and voluntary decision-making within the context of drug addiction. Presently, her research focuses on intersectionality and healthcare ethics, with an emphasis on race and gender justice in healthcare. Her work takes up a decolonial approach to inquiry and focuses on core themes such as equity, social justice, and advocacy with attention to race and race relations. With advanced training in social psychology and neuroethics, her work often bridges multiple disciplines while incorporating diverse methods of investigation (qualitative interviews, knowledge syntheses, survey development and validation, dephi technique).
Dr. Barned’s core areas of interest include: addiction neuroethics, health equity, intersectionality theory, bioethics and racial justice, racial discrimination in healthcare, Black health and Black identity, body image and embodiment, and understandings of health and illness.