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GSEP Mourns the Loss of Professor Emeritus Barbara Ingram

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It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Barbara Ingram, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. 

Dr. Ingram served as a full-time faculty member at GSEP for 44 years, tracing her start back to the School of Professional Studies in 1978. A licensed psychologist and tenured professor of psychology, she earned a BA from Cornell University, two master’s degrees (an MEd from Boston College and an MA from the University of Southern California), and a PhD from the University of Southern California. An expert in clinical case formulation skills, she was the author of Clinical Case Formulations: Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client, as well as the chapter on “Case Formulation and Treatment Planning” in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. She was a member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a founding member of the Unified Psychotherapy Movement—clinicians, researchers, and theoreticians who seek to enhance practitioners’ capacity to draw from diverse approaches, processes, techniques, and research findings. She was also honored as a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University’s highest award for teaching. 

Dr. Barbara Ingram served with excellence within Pepperdine University and with distinction in the field of psychology, as evidenced by her scholarship, pedagogy, and service to the community. She was a beloved wife, stepmother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. 

Remembering Dr. Ingram, GSEP associate dean of psychology Robert deMayo shares, "Barbara was an outstanding teacher and mentor to generations of students in Psychology. She loved her students and brought passion and brilliance to her teaching. She advocated for the essential role of faculty in creating shared governance at our university and used her voice to speak for those who felt silenced. She was a cherished friend and made a lasting imprint on so many lives at Pepperdine University. May her memory be a blessing to our community.”

Her colleague and close friend, clinical professor Dr. Anat Cohen, shares, “Barbara was the first person who welcomed me to Pepperdine’s Encino campus. Over the years, we developed a friendship that I have always cherished. Barbara was generous with her time, and she was funny and full of energy. You could always count on her uncompromising honesty and brilliant mind. Barbara was a friend and mentor to me, and I know she will be missed by many people in our community whose lives she touched."

We are planning an online memorial for our community. Details to follow. For those who wish to send condolences to Dr. Ingram’s family and her beloved husband Paul, please send cards, notes, or letters to: Robert deMayo, Associate Dean of Psychology, Pepperdine GSEP, 6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles CA 90045; psychassocdean@pepperdine.edu. The office of the GSEP associate dean of psychology will forward all correspondence to Dr. Ingram’s family

We offer our deepest condolences to Dr. Ingram’s family, friends, and loved ones and keep them in our hearts. Please join us in praying for comfort for her family and remembering Dr. Ingram as a beloved and valued member of our Pepperdine community.