Barbara L Edwards, MA

barbara-and-charityI have been a psychologist since 1982. I love the interaction I have with my clients and enjoy seeing the growth that occurs during therapy. Through my own therapy and spiritual direction, I continue my personal growth.

Two of my most challenging yet rewarding life events were completing a 30 day silent retreat (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius) as well as graduating from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. As a Mercy Associate, I am involved in prison ministry,  helping out at the House of Mercy, chair the Spiritual Life Committee and interacting with the sisters on a regular basis.

Education & Credentials

My undergraduate degree was in Recreational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. While in Ann Arbor, I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Michigan Medical Center. I attended St. Bonaventure University for a semester taking graduate courses in psychology. I then attended Mansfield State College as a National Institute of Mental Health fellow.

I am a former adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Gannon University. I am active in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association serving in the past on the Committee on Multiculturalism, the Colleague Assistance Committee and the Bulletin Committee. I am a past president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Psychology Association. I serve on the  the Advisory Board of the House of Mercy in Erie. For many years, I was on the Medical Ethics Committee of St. Vincent Health Center as well as on the Medical/Moral Advisory Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

For 15 years, I was a medical psychologist at St. Vincent Health Center providing services to patients on the medical and rehab floors. It was a privilege to journey with individuals as they faced illness, trauma and even death. I am indebted to all they taught me through the years. Since 1998, I have been in private practice.

I am an Associate with the Sisters of Mercy. As such I am involved in their ministries to the poor and uneducated. I appreciate their commitment to living out the Gospel message with actions as opposed to words. Through my association with the Mercys as well as professionally, my eyes have been opened in the area of diversity.