Dr. Douglas BarbaAssistant Professor College of Letters and Sciences
Dr. Douglas Barba. Is an AASP-certified Sport Psychology Consultant and lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Performance Psychology, in the Department of Psychology, at National University. He holds a doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the School of Human Behavior at United States International University.
Prior to joining National University, Dr. Barba served 12 years as an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University, lecturing in the School of Exercise & Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Barba has served as a Sport Psychologist for a number of San Diego State University’s intercollegiate athletic teams.
Dr. Barba has served as a Sport Psychology Consultant to a wide range of athletes from both the amateur and professional ranks as well as having worked with a variety of performance domains from business, to performing arts.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Barba was drafted and played professional baseball in the minor league system with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets organizations. He has coached at several levels of competition, including youth sport, and college baseball and golf.
While attending the University of Florida, Dr. Barba served as a sport psychology consultant for the Gators’ athletic department.
Dr. Barba’s academic interests include motivation, mindfulness, mediating factors affecting performance, performance enhancement, performance assessment, and youth sport participation and health.
Dr. Barba is a native San Diegan who has been happily married for over 30 years to his wife Laura. They have two sons, Gavin and Sam.
College of Letters and Sciences