Small Animal Clinical Sciences Faculty

Sandra B. Barker, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Grief Counseling and Human-Animal Bond
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Education

  • 1978
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL
  • 1976
    Masters of Science
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL
  • 1972
    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL

Board Certification

  • 2000 - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
  • 1995 - National Board for Certified Counselors: Master Addictions Counselor
  • 1993 - National Board for Certified Counselors

Research Interests & Experience

  • Health benefits of human-animal interaction
  • Traumatic stress

Professional Experience

  • 2001-present
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Director, Center for Human-Animal Interaction
    Associate Director, Inpatient Psychiatry Programs
    School of Medicine
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA
  • 1997-present
    Adjunct Professor
    Small Animal Clinical Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1990-2001
    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA
  • 1996-2000
    Associate Professor
    Department of Anesthesiology (Joint Appointment)
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA
  • 1991-2000
    Associate Professor
    Department of Internal Medicine (Joint Appointment)
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA
  • 1987-1989
    Associate Professor and Program Director
    Counseling Program, Division of Behavioral Studies and Humanities
    University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
    Institute, WV
  • 1983-1987
    Assistant Professor
    Counseling Program, Division of Behavioral Studies and Humanities
    University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
    Institute, WV
  • 1978-1983
    Senior Educational Research and Development Specialist
    Division of Career Guidance
    Appalachia Educational Laboratory
    Charleston, WV

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Anthrozo├Âlogy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology