Mary Barnas

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
B.S. Psychology

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.

Courses Taught

Psyc 2002 - Child and Adolescent Development

Psyc 3006 - Psychology of Gender

Public Service

Child Protective Services, Board Member - Marietta

Awards / Honors

McCoy Professorship, Marietta College, 2005


Barnas, M. V. (2008). Parenting Our Students: Applying Developmental Psychology to the College Classroom. Teaching of Psychology


Barnas, M. V. (2008). Bringing Developmental Psychology to Life. . Society for the Teaching of Psychology