The Catholic University of America


Barry M. Wagner

Professor of Psychology

332 O'Boyle (202) 319-5762



I am interested in developmental psychopathology and positive adaptation in children and adolescents, and the ways in which family relationships influence trajectories of adjustment across development. My recent research has focused on two areas. (1) Parenting interventions, based on mindfulness and emotion coaching, that are aimed at improving emotion regulation in adolescents. Working with graduate students, I have found very promising results in a pilot study, and we are currently adapting the program for use with foster parents. (2) Research with suicidal adolescents, to identify family relational factors and adolescent emotion regulation styles that influence ongoing suicide risk. I am also in the early stages of developing a mindfulness intervention for families of school-aged children.



Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health Family Research Consortium (1987-1990)

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1987)

Ed.M., Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1981)

B.A., Philosophy, State University of New York, Stony Brook (1977)

Selected Publications

Meyer, A., Wagner, B. & Dutton, M.A. (2010). The relationship between battered women’s causal attributions for violence and coping efforts. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 900-918.

Wagner, B.M. (2009). Suicidal behavior in children and adolescents. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Burns, C., Cortell, R. & Wagner, B.M., (2008). Treatment compliance in adolescents after attempted suicide: A two-year follow-up study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 948-957. 

Recent Courses

PSY 309 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 735 Developmental Psychopathology
PSY 901 Clinical Assessment I: Principles of Assessment, Interviewing
PSY 908 Practicum in Psychotherapy
PSY 928 Practicum in Family Therapy