Chair and Associate Professor
Campus Address: Caudell Hall 354D
Ph.D., MSW (2003, SUNY at Buffalo)
Dr. Zittel-Barr, current department chair, received a B.A. in psychology and minor in art from Houghton College; and, an MSW and Ph.D. in social welfare from SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Zittel-Barr has over twenty years of clinical experience as a medical/mental health social worker. At the macro-level, she imparts research and education about community needs and access to care in local, national and international settings about: access and barriers to dental care; biobehavioral management in dental medicine; access and barriers to perinatal mood and anxiety disorder care; perinatal mood and anxiety disorder education and screening tools for professionals; and faith in the LBGTQ community. She served as the chair of the Behavioral Sciences Section of the American Dental Education Association and assisted in the development of the Counseling Advocacy Referrals Education and Services (CARES) Program located in UB's School of Dental Medicine to assist marginalized and uninsured patients, winning the annual American Dental Associations, Geriatric Access to Care Award (2005). She is a board member of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York; and, creator/leader of the Western New York Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Task Force (Project 62). She created the Trinidad and Tobago international social work program, working with the Naomi Chin-Kit Memorial School. Dr. Zittel-Barr received the Dr. Muriel A. Howard Presidential Award for the Promotion of Equity and Campus Diversity Award (2017), Faculty Excellence Award (2012, 2010, 2008); and NASW Social Worker of the Year Award (2007). She has published twenty articles/books; received seventeen grants; professionally presented at nearly thirty conferences/meetings – including the keynote speaker for the 9th Annual Beyond the Baby Blues Conference (2016); and is an expert contributor to several magazines, newspapers, and news broadcasts. During her free time, Dr. Zittel-Barr enjoys spending time with her family, painting, fire performance, and mentoring women toward personal, spiritual, and educational goals.
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