Skip to main content

Carolyn BarcusCarolyn Barcus

Clinical Assistant Professor (Emeritus)
Location:  EDUC 420
Office Phone:  (435) 797-1465

Dr. Barcus is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Northern Montana and was raised on the Blackfeet Reservation. Her Blackfeet name is Bear Woman. Dr. Barcus has spent the past thirty years of her career in service to American Indian people. Her career goals still include: enhancing the networking and mentoring of American Indian graduate students in psychology across the nation, facilitating the development of American Indian psychology as a science, and raising Tennessee Walking Horses when she retires, which she did in the Fall of 2008, and she is still working part time serving as Director of the American Indian Support Project teaching one class each semester.

Dr. Carolyn Barcus presently serves as Co-Director of the American Indian Support Project (AISP) in the Psychology Department at Utah State University since 2009. She has served as the Director since 1991 and was Assistant Director for the five years previous to that time. In the twenty years of the AIS Project, which Dr. Barcus was instrumental in developing, 35 American Indian students have attained an MS in School Psychology or a PhD in Professional-Scientific Psychology, and four students are currently working on graduate degrees in psychology. This makes Utah State University a leader in the field of training American Indian psychologists. These graduates return to Native communities, where they provide much needed psychological services, as well as serving as successful role models. In addition to her recruitment and retention efforts, Dr. Barcus and the AISP students host an annual convention in cooperation with the Society of Indian Psychologists. Preparations for the twenty-third Annual Convention of American Indian Psychologists and Psychology Graduate Students and the Bear Lake Retreat are currently underway. This convention hosts the Society of Indian Psychologists business meeting. Dr. Barcus is a past President of the Society of Indian Psychologists.


American Indian Support Project (AISP)