APS Observer Online
Volume 14, Number 6
July/August 2001

Department Profile:

Barry University

Barry University is a Catholic international university, founded in 1940 by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. Barry offers more than sixty undergraduate degree programs and more than fifty graduate degree programs. The University enrolls approximately 2500 full-time undergraduate students, and 1200 full-time and 1300 part-time graduate students from 49 states and territories and 75 countries. Amid this diversity, Barry remains true to its mission of fostering academic distinction in the liberal arts while committing itself to assuring a religious dimension and to providing community service and presence within a more caring environment. Students learn and practice psychology in the dynamic, multicultural South Florida community.

The Psychology Department at Barry University maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio. Psychology classes are small and are taught by professors who know their students interests and goals. Barry has a strong commitment to individual advising. The availability and involvement of faculty contribute to graduate and undergraduate opportunities for students to design and carry out their own research projects. The Barry University Annual Psychology Student Research Forum, sponsored each spring by Barry's Chapter of Psi Chi and the Psychology Club, provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in preparing and delivering conference presentations. Students may also take advantage of summer research opportunities and study abroad programs.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in Psychology at Barry University prepares students within a broad liberal arts tradition. During the first two years, students are introduced to the major theoretical concepts of the field in courses that provide an overview of the many specialty areas in psychology. The experimental methods course forms the core of the junior year. Those students planning to go to graduate school take the advanced methods course in which they design and conduct their own research project. Research is supported by the department's computer lab. The Senior Seminar is a capstone course that brings together the content and methods of the discipline in the context of the liberal arts. Undergraduate students present their research at the annual student forum and, in recent years, have also presented their original research off-campus at the Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting, and the National Council for Undergraduate Research Conference. Barry psychology graduates are well prepared for graduate programs at both the master's and doctoral levels and have been accepted in graduate programs at Barry University, University of Virginia, Brown University, Columbia University, and University of Michigan, to name a few.

Graduate Program

Barry University offers two graduate degree programs: School Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Both graduate programs focus on values with an emphasis on the scientist/practitioner model. Graduate students have presented their research at the meetings of American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and Southeastern Psychological Association.

The Psychology Department's School Psychology program is a highly successful program; all graduates are currently employed as school psychologists. The program is designed to meet the standards of practice set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The curriculum is based on certificate and licensing requirements so that students who successfully complete the specialist program will be prepared to meet certification requirements set by the Florida State Board of Education and licensure requirements for the private practice of school psychology in the state of Florida. The 71-credit School Psychology program culminates in a Specialist in School Psychology degree (SSP). Students earn an M.S. in Psychology (30 credit-hours) on the way to the specialist degree. The program integrates theoretical and practical training, which gives students expertise in psychological evaluation, diagnosis, prescription, intervention, psychometric application, research, consultation, and professional ethics and standards.

Barry's Clinical Psychology program offers a 48-credit-hour M.S. for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies. A 61-credit-hour program leads to an M.S. in Clinical Psychology that prepares students to meet the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Florida as a mental health counselor. Graduates find employment with public and private mental health organizations, social service agencies, government and probate research teams, community colleges and in private practice. The focus of the program is on the traditional clinical skills of diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. The theoretical orientation is eclectic, with emphasis on clinical assessment and behavioral treatment.

Faculty & Research Interests
Kayreen Burns, (kburns@mail.barry.edu) child clinical/developmental, neuropsychological assessment, MMPI, mother-infant interaction

Marie-France Desrosiers, (mdesrosiers@mail.barry.edu) stress management and life-coping skills, cultural issues and behavior, stress and behavior, stress and illness, aggression/violence

Deborah Jones, (dljones@mail.barry.edu) health psychology, HIV/AIDS in the USA and Sub-Saharan Africa, post-traumatic stress disorder, disability management

Stephen W. Koncsol, (skoncsol@mail.barry.edu) couples therapy, physiological correlates of emotion (phobias), dyadic communication failures, marital satisfaction

Frank Muscarella, (fmuscarella@mail.barry.edu) geriatric psychology, evolutionary psychology, human sexuality

Joseph D. Perry, (jperry@mail.barry.edu) school psychology, resilience, violence prevention and crisis intervention, supervision, adjustment to divorce and single-parenting

Linda M. Peterson, (lpeterson@mail.barry.edu) personality, women's issues, program evaluation

Agnes E. Shine, (ashine@mail.barry.edu) school psychology, traumatic brain injury, training issues in school psychology, low incidence handicaps in children, learning disabilities

Christopher Starratt, (cstarratt@mail.barry.edu) clinical neuropsychology, neuropsychology of personality and emotion, psychotherapy with brain injured, electrophysiological aspects of attention

Gerene K. Starratt, (gstarratt@mail.barry.edu) cognition, cognitive electrophysiology, event-related potentials

Lenore T. Szuchman, (lszuchman@mail.barry.edu) lifespan development, cognition and social cognition in older adults

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