Previous Positions

Lecturer at Faculty of Medical & Social Sciences
UWI Open Campus, School of Education
University of the West Indies, Barbados

Research Interests

Diminished attention in class, unidentified special needs students, intact semantic memory vs.impaired episodic memory, the socio-cultural determinants of aggressive behaviors and suicide


Rahman, S., Villagomez Montero M.T., Rowe, K., Kirton, R., & Kunik, F., Jr. (2021). Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Clinical Presentations, Diagnosis and Treatment of COVID-19: A review of current evidence. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, DOI: 10.1080/17512433.2021.1902303 Kirton, R. (2014). HIV Risk Behaviors in a Sample of Barbadian and Hungarian (Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County) Adolescents: A cross-cultural study [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Cave Hill: University of the West Indies.

Rita Kirton Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Behavioral & Neurosciences

Career Profile

Dr. Kirton is a behavioral scientist, trained in both psychology and education. She is also the recipient of the University of West Indies’s Graduate Award. Dr. Kirton has a wide-range of face-to-face and online teaching experience and has taught Human Development & Behavior, Health Care Concepts, Behavioral Neuroscience, Personality Disorders & Psychotherapy, Biological Psychology & Neuroscience, Personality Theory & Assessment, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Young Lives in the Caribbean & International.

She has several years of research experience, and her current focus involves various epigenetic influences.

Dr. Kirton is deeply involved in student learning paradigms and embraces values that are key to successful teaching and learning such as academic rigor, residential and experiential learning, and global engagement.  In addition, she is a firm believer in, and advocate for, the development of critical thinking skills in students.  Hence, she is prepared to reinforce deep processing of the information provided, rather than rote memorization, and emphasizes surface learning through a diverse teaching style that caters to all types of learners.


Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Educational Psychology with High Commendation

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill



Bachelor of Arts, BA in Psychology with First Class Honors

The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill


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