Judy O. Berry

Judy Berry

Professor of PsychologyDepartment ChairLorton Hall 307-C

My teaching and research interests are in the areas of developmental and family psychology. I write books, book chapters, journal articles, essays, and poetry focusing on children and families, with particular emphasis on families that include a member with chronic illness or disability. My latest book, Lifespan Perspectives on the Family and Disability (2nd ed.) has just been published. In addition, I am the co-author, with Warren Jones, of the widely-used assessment instrument, the Parental Stress Scale (PSS). My research with children and families is of broad interest within the academic community and beyond and has been cited in publications such as Parenting magazine and USA Today. I make presentations about family life to both professional audiences and family groups throughout the United States and internationally. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.A. University of Oklahoma, Magna cum Laude, Speech/Language Pathology
  • M.A. Kansas State University, Speech/Language Pathology
  • Ed.D. The University of Tulsa, Counseling Psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Council for Exceptional Children

Courses Taught at TU

  • Psychology of Disability (Psy 4093/6493)
  • Community Psychology Practicum (Psy 4871-3)
  • Senior Seminar (Psy 4973)
  • Teaching Psychology (PSY 7973)

Awards & Recognition

  • Named an “American Hero” by Newsweek magazine for advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities, 1988
  • Recipient of The University of Tulsa Medicine Wheel Award for Community Service, 1997
  • Ms. Homecoming, The University of Tulsa, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Recipient of the Tarbel Achievement Award for Excellence and Contribution in the Field of Disabilities, 1999
  • Selected for Faculty Study Abroad in Japan, 2008


  • Berry, J. O. (2002). A civics lesson and more. Mental Retardation, 40, 334.

  • Berry, J. O. (2007). Waiting. Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, 7, 13.

  • Berry, J. O. (2007). Missing. Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, 7, 74.

  • Berry, J. O. (2006). Communicate, collaborate, celebrate: Creating partnerships between physicians and parents of children with disabilities. Oklahoma City: Center for Learning and Leadership.

  • Newman, E., Christopher, S., & Berry, J. O. (2000). Developmental disabilities, trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma, Violence & Abuse: A Review Journal, 1, 154-170.

  • Berry, J. O. (2009). Lifespan perspectives on the family and disability (2nd ed). Austin: Pro-Ed.

  • Berry, J. O. (2004). My first born. Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, 4, 15.

  • Berry, J. O. (2003). Supported families. Oklahoma City: Center for Learning and Leadership.

  • Berry, J. O. (2004). Remembering Doug. Mental Retardation, 42, 311-312.

  • Berry, J. O. (2007). Sometimes when we juggle. Affilia, 22, 307-308.