Dr. Barry H. Schneider, Professor of Psychology Education, Experience, AwardsVisiting ProfessorResearch, Clinical InterestsPublicationsPrivate Practice

Educational and Professional Experience

My undergraduate degree in psychology (1972) is from the State University of New York at Binghamton where my professors were mostly interested in animal learning and motivation. I am grateful to them for the empirical lens to which I look at the world, even though my own interests have become much more applied. My master’s (1974) and doctoral degrees (1977) are from the University of Toronto. My internships were at Thistletown, a children's mental health centre, and the Oakville Reception and Assessment Centre, an interdisciplinary assessment facility for juvenile delinquents. I also completed briefer training experiences in schools, a psychiatric hospital, and a counselling clinic whose clients were mostly student nurses. I became a registered psychologist in Ontario in 1978 and hold the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

I worked as a supervising school psychologist from 1977 to 1981, when I joined the faculty of the School of Psychology of the University of Ottawa. While on leave from the University of Ottawa, I taught at the University of Toronto, the University of Oxford and the University of Florence. I also spent six months working at the Laboratoire de Psychobiologie de l’Enfant of the Conseil National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris. Click here for photos of these and other places where I have held visiting professor appointments and conducted research. I took early retirement from the University of Ottawa in 2014.  I began my work at Boston College in September of the same year.

At various stages of my academic career, I have maintained my clinical involvement part time as a psychologist in private practice, consultant to a network of daycare centres, and consultant to a group home for young offenders. I also helped supervise the practicum and internship experiences of doctoral students in clinical psychology and newly registered psychologists for 21 years. In my private practice and consultation to institutions in other countries, I particularly enjoy helping children and adolescents who are facing the simulataneous challenges of dealing with a psychological difficulty and a new culture. 

I have been the supervisor of 14 completed doctoral theses and 19 completed master’s theses.



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Courses Taught

PSY 5933 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
PSY 5007 Practicum in Intervention and Consultation
PSY 6932 Child Psychopathology
PSY 5519 Développement de l'Enfant



2014 Elected honorary life member, Ottawa Academy of Psychology

2000 Elected fellow, Canadian Psychological Association

2000 Bea Wickett Award for Exceptional Contribution to School Psychology, Ontario Psychological Association

1999 Professor of the Year, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
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Joan Kershaw Publication Award, Canadian Council for Exceptional



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