Shirl Barker earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University in 2000 with an emphasis on High-Risk Populations. Her Masters degree is also from Purdue University and is in Counseling and Development. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has maintained those licenses since 1999. She was on the faculty at Ball State University from 2006 – 2011, teaching Educational Psychology and Lifespan Development. From 1994 – 2006, she was employed by Purdue University where she taught Career Development courses, participated in student advising and research, and conducted business/school liaison activities. More recently, she has conducted mental health counseling in private practice and has been involved in Disaster Mental Health with the American Red Cross. She is a member of the Women's Legacy Fund of Montgomery County, a group that provides grants and works with high-risk adolescent girls. She Joined Hamilton Center in March of 2013 and works as a Mental Health Therapist. Her research interests include the neuropsychological effects of childhood trauma, adult anti-social behavior, domestic violence, and ethnic-minority issues.