Most of Dr. Barrett's career was in public education. He served as a special education teacher, school psychologist, administrator of federal programs, supervisor of special education, assistant superintendent for two school districts and superintendent of schools until he retired in 1992. Then he taught educational psychology at Duquesne University. His last position was superintendent of a private school, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. IHe wrote a grant for "teaching options for Social Studies, a mainstream program which he developed and later the program evolved into Program ADAPT which was comprised of adaptations and modification for special needs students who were integrated/mainstreamed into regular education. The model was adopted statewide in Pennsylvania. He have been recognized by Phi Delta Kappa and have received several certificate of continuing development throughout the years. He was recognized at the "Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of I.D.E.A. Dr. Barrett is an avid golfer and lives with his wife of 49 years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have traveled extensively throughout Europe.