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Carrie Barron, M.D.


Tulane University

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University


Tulane University

Columbia University


After practicing the “talking cure” and the writing salve for 20 years in Manhattan, Carrie Barron came to Dell Medical School to serve as director of the Creativity for Resilience program, wellness champion and faculty affiliate in the Center for Health Communication. Barron maintains her faculty appointment at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York as a member of the Psychoanalytic Center’s Media and Outreach Committee. Barron graduated from Princeton University with an English degree and completed her medical training and residency at Tulane. In her book “The Creativity Cure” (co-authored with hand-surgeon husband Alton Barron) and in her practice, Barron promotes insight, writing, creating and quality relationships for wellbeing. Her work is featured in magazines, podcasts, guest blogs and speaking events across the country.

Carrie’s writings on resilience and creativity can be found in Psychology Today and on the Dell Med blog. You can join her 249,000 followers on Facebook for a whimsical look at self and situation.

Selected Publications

• “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands,” Carrie and Alton Barron (Scribner, 2012)

• “Practicing Public Politesse: Toward an Ethos of Mutual Respect,” Psychoanalytic Perspectives: An International Journal of Integration and Innovation, In Print, 2017

• “Depressive Rumination in an Analysand After a Traumatic Treatment,” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume LXXX, issue 2, April 2011

• “What’s in A Name: What Analyst and Patient Call Each Other,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 54/3: pp 903-917, March 2006

• “Silent Thoughts, Spoken Wishes: When Candidate Experience and Patient Fantasies About the Supervisor Converge,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 51/1: pp 155-175, March 2003

Selected Presentations

South by Southwest, Phillips Academy Andover, Detroit Institute for the Arts, Maker Faire, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Vogue Knitting, Illinois State University, Ruth Jackson Society at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Columbia Shoulder Society, Sierra Cascade Trauma Society, Montreal Women in Leadership Conference, School Library Journal, RiverArts, Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Politics and Prose, Book People, Silver Bay, Travis County Medical Society, DMS Grand Rounds, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Courses & Programs

  • “Humanities, Heart and the Art of Medicine” at Dell Medical School
  • “Conversations with Artists” series at RiverArts
  • “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” at the Hudson Valley Writing Center
Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Travis County Medical Society
  • Bick Award for Outstanding Student in Psychiatry in Graduating Class
Awards & Honors
  • Alexander Beller Award for Significant Scholarly Study, 2002
    Columbia University
  • Lancaster Award for Most Caring Psychiatrist in Graduating Class, 1993
    Tulane University
  • Meade-Johnson Fellow, 1992-1993
    Association for Academic Psychiatry