Professor Horner established the Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA) in 2000 and has held the position of Director since its inception.
Barbara is a social researcher and her particular research interests are in the social and service implications of ageing. Her research includes workforce issues, innovation in models of care and service frameworks and evaluation, quality of life factors in aged communities and organisational leadership and change.
Barbara's research has also expanded to care of people with dementia in partnership with Alzheimer's Australia WA.
As part of the CRA portfolio, she is also the Director of the WA Dementia Training Study Centre and node leader for Curtin University in the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - 3, Consumers & Carers.
Professor Horner was an invited delegate to the Taiwan/Australian Horner Collaborative Workshop on Gerontechnology, in Taiwan in 2010. She has published one book, three book chapters, and 25 refereed journal articles; attracted $1.6 million in research partnerships and grants; $4.2million in competitive research grants; and supervises PhD, masters and nurse practitioner students.