Dr. Robert Barnes
Dr. Robert Barnes, professor of counseling and human
development, is the A.B. Shelton Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Counseling and Human Development at Hardin-Simmons University.
Earlier in his career, “Dr. Bob” served as director of
Christian education in large Methodist churches where he specialized in youth
ministries. Realizing that counseling is also a “calling,” he came from Dallas
to Hardin-Simmons University when he earned his master’s degree in counseling.
After completing his doctorate in counseling psychology at
the University of Georgia, he returned to Texas where he was the director of
the counseling center at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M).
At Hardin-Simmons during Barnes’ tenure as department
chairman, more than 400 have completed their master’s degree in counseling and
human development, many of whom have gone on to complete their doctorates,
author books, and make significant contributions to their professions.
A licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and
family therapist, Barnes has spoken for numerous national and international
conferences. He is in his 10th two-year term as president of the International
Board of Directors of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, which has
members in more than 40 countries on six continents.
A great personal satisfaction for Barnes is getting to take
many of his current and former graduate students to the World Congress on
Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, which the Institute hosts every two years.
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology,
Florida Southern College, 1959
- Master of Education, Counseling, Hardin-Simmons
- Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling
Psychology, University of Georgia, 1974
- Clinical Diplomate in Viktor
Frankl’s Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Viktor Frankl Institute of