Joseph D. LaBarbera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical
Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeA.B., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Office Address
304B VPH
3rd floor PHV
TN 8645
Clinical Description
Dr. Joseph LaBarbera, who has been a member of the faculty since 1978, is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with children, adolescents, and young adults. His primary professional activities include psychotherapy and evaluation of psychological and educational problems. Frequently, evaluations are sought for young people by their parents; other times professionals such as psychiatrists, primary care physicians, therapists, and teachers may want direction or assistance. Dr. LaBarbera has an active forensic practice and works with attorneys and courts.

Clinical Research Keywords
Diagnosis and clarification of the nature of behavioral, psychological, social, and educational problems, including oppositional behavior, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, peer-relational problems, and poor academic achievement. Identification of multi-disciplinary treatment plans to be implemented by parents, therapists, teachers, and physicians. Dr. LaBarbera is often called upon to assess individuals who are diagnostically ambiguous or complicated, or whose therapeutic progress to date has been slow or inadequate.