Mary Barnas

McCoy Professor
Ph.D.-Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University (1991); MS-Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University (1987); BS-Psychology, Loyola College of Maryland (1985)
Year Appointed
Courses - Fall
  • Child Development
  • Family Discord


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.