Barbara Walling Boat ’62

2012 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Barbara Walling Boat ’62 has always been drawn to forging new territory and exploring unanswered questions, from majoring in Macalester’s psychology program to studying in Andorra through Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN). That curiosity has served her well during a distinguished career in psychology research, teaching, and practice.

After Barbara completed a PhD in psychology at Case Western Reserve University, she had a professional turning point in the early ’80s when she learned that no normative data was available about children who are exposed to anatomical dolls. She went on to conduct groundbreaking research on the use of anatomical dolls in sexual abuse investigations.

Today Barbara is a national expert on child trauma and abuse. Her current research explores relationships among animal cruelty, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Barbara is associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, executive director of The Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and director of the Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment. She conducts workshops, presents her research, serves on numerous boards, and provides therapy for children and adults with trauma histories.

“The highlight of my career is at every turn having had such amazing colleagues, she says. “We’re all working to protect voiceless victims.”