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Mary Valaik Barnas

Mary V Barnas

Title: McCoy Professor, Department Chair

Department: Psychology

Education: Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University, 1991; Master’s in Developmental Psychology, West Virginia University, 1987; Bachelor’s in Psychology, Loyola College of Maryland, 1985

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.

Courses (Fall 2014): Family Discord, Child Development, Graduate Developmental Psychology

Courses (Spring 2015): Adolescent Development, Developmental Internship

Phone: (740) 376-4766

Email: barnasm@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students in my courses need to be prepared to discuss the material.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The small classes and interaction with the students.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?


Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?


What is your favorite Marietta College event?

First day of classes