Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies

Richard Barnes

Discipline: Psychology
Randolph College

Richard D. Barnes is Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he teaches courses in social psychology, history of psychology, and environmental studies. He received his BA in psychology from Vanderbilt University and his MA and Ph.D. in social and environmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin— Madison. Dr. Barnes’ research in psychology has focused on the application of psychology to architecture, planning, and environmental issues. He is a member of the City of Lynchburg Planning Commission and has been active in promoting sustainable development at the local level. Dr. Barnes is a past president of the Virginia Psychological Association and is a member of the Environmental Design Research Association and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He has given workshops and presentations on sustainable campus and city planning at many national and international conferences. Dr. Barnes taught Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Communities on the Fall 2010 SAS voyage around the world. He has a particular interest in the relationship between environmental design and sustainable lifestyles. He and his wife Tina have two adult sons, one a mathematician and the other is completing graduate work in environmental management and sustainable business practices.