Mary Barnas

McCoy Professor
Degrees
Ph.D.-Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University (1991); MS-Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University (1987); BS-Psychology, Loyola College of Maryland (1985)
Year Appointed
1994
Courses
Fall 2016
  • Child Development
  • Family Discord
  • Developmental Psychology
Courses
Spring 2017
  • Adolescence
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Supervised Developmental Practicum
  • Psychology Research I

Biography

Dr. Barnas is a developmental psychologist specializing in social-emotional development in children with a specific emphasis on family violence. Her current work involves running a Supervised Visitation Center where children from abusive or violent homes visit with their parents in a controlled environment. Upper level psychology students can take a course in family violence and intern at the center as a part of their studies. She developed a new program at Marietta College and opened the Center for Families and Children on campus in the spring of 2004. Dr. Barnas was honored in 2005 with the McCoy Professorship Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest faculty honor at Marietta College.

Research Interests
Social-Emotional Development in children, Intimate Partner Violence, Child abuse and neglect.

Recent Publications
Valaik Barnas, M. (2000). “Parenting”our students: Applying Developmental Psychology to the college classroom. Teaching of Psychology.