College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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 unsafe homes visit with their parents in a controlled environment. Dr. Barnas received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola College in Maryland in 1985 and her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from West Virginia University in 1991. She has taught at Walden University as a contributing member of the psychology department since 2010. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology and has also taught the psychology of gender. Dr. Barnas is also trained as a doctoral dissertation mentor. Her recent research includes developing and evaluating a sexual assault prevention program for college students and assessing self-care strategies for social service employees working in the area of family violence.