Barbara F. Okun

Professor, Executive Committee of School and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Office: 404 International Village
Phone: 617-373-5150

PhD, Northwestern University
MA, University of Michigan
BA, Wellesley College

Health Service Provider

Psychotherapy theory and practice
Family sysetems theory and practice

Dr. Okun’s research interests include lifespan development, behavioral medicine, psychotherapy theory and practice, gender and diversity psychology, family therapy theory and practice. She holds an appointment at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital and was formerly a visiting professor at the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges at Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. She has two co-authored books being published in 2011: Saying goodbye: How families can find renewal through loss and Conceptual and treatment planning for effective helping. Currently she is preparing the 8th edition of Effective helping: Interviewing and counseling techniques.  She has authored, coauthored and edited many books, including Psychotherapy with women: Exploring diverse contexts and identities; Understanding diverse families: What practitioners need to know; Understanding diversity; Effective helping: Interviewing and counseling techniques (7th ed.); Family therapy and school related problems; Seeking connections in psychotherapy; and Intimate environments: Sex, intimacy and gender in families. She was editor of the Massachusetts Psychological Association quarterly journal, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Orthopsychiatry Association. Dr. Okun has designed and taught academic courses in Kuwait and currently trains mental health counselors in Central and South America.