Virginia Tech®home

Sandra B. Barker, PhD

Adjunct Professor
  • Grief Counseling and Human-Animal Bond
Photo available soon
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Doctor of Philosophy, 1978
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Masters of Science, 1976
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Bachelor of Arts, 1972
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

  • 2000 - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
  • 1995 - National Board for Certified Counselors: Master Addictions Counselor
  • 1993 - National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Health benefits of human-animal interaction
  • Traumatic stress
  • 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

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