Ann Marie Barry is an interdisciplinary scholar whose chief interest lies in the neurological dynamics of visual communication, visual perception, aesthetics and ethical practice. Her interest in how the brain appreciates the visual world and makes sense of what it sees has taken her on an interdisciplinary journey that has included the study of art, comparative religions, and visual cognition, and led to advanced degrees in English, marketing communication, film, literary aesthetics, and perceptual psychology.
She has given keynote addresses and invited university lectures in various professional conferences and university arenas, including Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of Minnesota, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Iowa State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Lesley University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, and Målardalen University in Sweden.
Recipient of research awards in Visual Communication from national and international organizations, including the lifetime Research Achievement Award of the International Visual Literacy Association, and (twice) the Outstanding Visual Communication Research Award from the National Communication Association, Barry has authored numerous articles and several books, including Visual Intelligence: Perception, Image, and Manipulation in Visual Communication, and been cited in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Honor Roll of Educators.
An Associate Professor at Boston College, Dr. Barry teaches courses in visual communication theory and aesthetics, and serves professionally on the Board of Editors of the Visual Communication Quarterly Journal, and the Board of Directors of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA).