Barbara VanHorn is a clinical psychologist with research interests in psychological effects of domestic violence, as well as the efficacy of technological resources in student learning. She has a varied academic past, beginning her college career, unsuccessfully, at the University of Colorado in the sixties. She returned to college as a non-traditional student, over the age of 40, earning her AA degree from Valencia College. She graduated with a BA, summa cum laude, from Rollins College, and earned her MS and PhD from the University of North Texas, completing her clinical internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Centre. Dr VanHorn taught psychology as an adjunct at Indian River State College in 1999, and has been a member of the full-time faculty since 2001. She served as Chair of the Social Science Department for 5 years and is currently a Full Professor in psychology.
VanHorn is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She is also a member of the American Association of University Professors and has served on the Board of Directors of Safe Space and the Jacob School.
VanHorn was born in 1948, in Illinois, the daughter of an US Air Force officer and lived with her family in a variety of locations in the United States. As a young adult, she travelled extensively in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and Asia. She settled in central Florida, and gave birth to her daughter while a member of the staff Stonesoup School, the oldest alternative school in the state. From 1975 to 1989, she worked as a freelance costumer for a variety of art organizations from Southern Ballet Theatre and the Orlando Opera Company to Walt Disney World. Her work has been seen on stages from Miami to Tokyo. She resumed her education as her daughter was beginning her college career.
Credits to Indian River State College
Published: 08 May 2014
Last update:23 April 2015