Dr. Robert Barnes


Dr. Robert Barnes 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 500 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 on an international basis.

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.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Florida Southern College, 1959
  • Master of Education, Counseling, Hardin-Simmons University, 1971
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia, 1974
  • Clinical Diplomate in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, 1993-present
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network