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2016 Distinguished Alumni

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, ’84

Barbara L. Bonner, Ph.D., a Clinical Child Psychologist, is a Professor of Pediatrics and the CMRI/Jean Gumerson Endowed Chair in Clinical Psychology, Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and Associate Director of the Child Study Center (CSC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She graduated from OSU in 1984 with a degree in Clinical Psychology, completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at OUHSC, and joined the faculty in 1987.


Her clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of abused children, interdisciplinary education, prevention of child fatalities, and treatment of children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior. Dr. Bonner has received numerous state and federal grants to conduct research and evaluate programs serving maltreated children and their families.


She is Past President of the International Society to Prevent Child Abuse (ISPCAN), Past President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and has received awards for her research and advocacy from the Oklahoma Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, APSAC, US Department of Justice, University of Central Oklahoma, OUHSC Regents, and the Oklahoma City Pan-Hellenic Alumnae Foundation.

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