University Economic Development Association
Dr. J. Douglas Barrett

Dr. J. Douglas Barrett

Director, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development
University of North Alabama


Dr. Barrett is the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at the University of North Alabama. He has served as a UNA faculty member since 1997, taught as Professor of Quantitative Methods since 2004, and has served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance since 2008. In 2017, he was named the Lagrange Eminent Scholar in Quantitative Methods Dr. Barrett received a Ph.D. in Statistics with a minor in Management Science from the University of Alabama in 1995. He is certified in Strategic Doing through Purdue University, and has a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Dr. Barrett has completed several economic impact studies for clients such as the City of Florence, Huntsville Housing Authority, RegionalCare Hospital Partners, and the University of North Alabama. Dr. Barrett is a founding member, first President, and a board member of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics. His publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including Technometrics, IIE Transactions, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Communications in Statistics: Stochastic Models, Journal of Sports Economics, and Public Finance Review.