Dr. Barbara A. Golden is a professor and the director of clinical services in the
Department of Psychology. She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Loyola
College in Baltimore and completed an APA approved internship at University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey and a post-doctoral fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School. Dr. Golden is the 2011 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching
Award. The Lindback Award recognizes academic excellence and outstanding teaching
and is one of the most prestigious awards conferred to an instructor in higher education.
At PCOM, Dr. Golden teaches the first-year students in Behavioral Medicine, as this
is her primary area of interest. In particular, as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Golden’s
clinical and scholarly work includes nonpharmacological pain management, somatization
disorder and psychology in primary care.
As the director of the Center for Brief Therapy (the training site for the Psychology Department), Dr. Golden has expanded services
from our on-campus training site to the PCOM neighborhood Healthcare Centers and other
sites. In keeping with the mission of PCOM, the Healthcare Centers offer service
to people around the city who otherwise may not receive them. In addition to the
neighborhood Healthcare Centers, the psychology students work in Geriatrics, Internal
Medicine and Pediatrics and in Philadelphia Senior Centers. Psychology students have
the opportunity to work with medical students, medical residents and family medicine
physicians to offer behavioral health care to a wide variety of populations. In addition
to direct service, the psychology students under Dr. Golden's supervision offer in-service
training to other social service agencies, schools and churches.
As a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological
Association, Dr. Golden presents at annual conventions with PCOM students. These
presentations have included topics of psychology and primary care, psychology and
chronic medical illness, chronic and acute pain management, and psychology in urban
Dr. Golden has collaborated with the College's Department of Family Medicine on several
multidisciplinary research projects. Her publications include topics related to nonpharmacology
and chronic pain management.
In her leisure time, Dr. Golden enjoys spending time with family at the Jersey shore,
golfing, and traveling. You also may see her in the half-price ticket line in Times