Richard Barbara, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Richard Barbara, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of the Division of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a psychologist at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Barbara practices rehabilitation psychology and works primarily in the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Rehab Institute UPMC Mercy. He focuses on psychological functioning and those issues that negatively impact a patient’s ability to improve in rehabilitation, care for themselves, and return to an active and meaningful lifestyle. He works with the rehabilitation team to ensure success within the boundaries of a patient’s abilities. Dr. Barbara has also specialized in medical/rehabilitation ethics and ensures that rehabilitation treatment and decisions take place within clear ethical guidelines.

Specialized Areas of Interest
Acute and post-traumatic stress disorders, substance abuse, acute and chronic pain, medical ethics, sci


Board Certifications
American Board of Disability Analysis
National Board of Certified Counselors

Education & Training
BA, American Studies, Marist College, Cum Laude, 1978
MS, Education, Hofstra University with distinction, 1880
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Professional Organization Membership
American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers