Linda Bacheller, Psy.D., J.D.

Linda Bacheller, PsyD, JD

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, M.S. Clinical Psychology Program

lbacheller@barry.edu
LIB 149
(305) 899-4576

Dr. Bacheller, a clinical psychologist, joined the faculty at Barry in 2008. Prior to coming to Barry, she worked in clinical practice providing therapy to underprivileged mothers in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Bacheller earned her M.S. in psychology from Barry University and her Psy.D and J.D. (2006) from Widener University in Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Dr. Bacheller's work integrates the areas of law and psychology examining the impact of the legal system and clinical psychology's response to children and adolescent victims of trauma and abuse.

Specific Areas of Research Interests

Children/adolescents' response to trauma; early intervention and prevention in preschool children; in-home psychotherapy; adolescents within the legal system.

Selected Supervised Student Research

  • Lagerstedt, M. (2017). Trauma and empathy. Master's Thesis
  • Pate, J. (2017). Male Rape Myths - Ambivalence, Attribution of Blame and Equal Protection. Master's Thesis
  • Williams, K. (2017). Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on the Development of Coping Skills. Master's Thesis.
  • Todd, V. (2016). Gender Influences on Eyewitness Memory. Master's Thesis.
  • Ruiz, Leslie. (2016). Online social networks and effects on self-esteem. Master's Thesis.
  • Balgobin, M. (2015). Community violence and academic self-concept. Master's Thesis.
  • Stovell, A. (2015). Rape victim responsibility. Master's Thesis.
  • Suttington, S. (2015). What truly predicts my well-being: Could it be my faith? Master's Thesis.
  • Votteler, M. (2015). What is mindfulness without the mind? Master's Thesis.
  • Buciak, C. (2014). Don't forget to follow back: Effects of socially interactive technologies on empathy and self-perception in college students.
  • Stein, C. (2014). Relationship between witnessing domestic violence and developing obsessive symptoms.
  • Kuma, A. (2013). Perceptions of domestic violence and depression among Haitian Americans.
  • Townsend, S. (2013).  Community violence, depression and aggression:  effect on emerging adults.
  • Bell, V(2012).  Perceptions of “good hair” in the black community. 
  • Gonzalez, I. (2010). Parenting styles and academic self-efficacy. Minority Access to Careers (MARC) thesis.
  • Clifford, J. (2009).  Unusualness and eyewitness testimony accuracy. Master’s Thesis.
  • Zucchi, J. (2009). Cyber bullying in emerging adults: Perception of impact on the victim. Master’s Thesis.
  • Balgobin, M. (2009). Parents' perception of the link between vaccination and autism. Minority Access to Careers (MARC) thesis.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Wehrle, L., Hall, P.D., Bacheller, L., & Desir, C. (2017, May). The Benefits of Life Orientation on the Psychological Well-being of Haitian Adolescents. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Association of Psychological Sciences Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Pate, J., & Bacheller, L. (2017, March). Male Rape Myths - Ambivalence, Attribution of Blame and Equal Protection. Poster accepted for presentation at Florida Academy of Sciences, 81st Annual meeting, Lakeland, Florida.
  • Todd, V., & Bacheller, L. (2017, March). Gender Influence on Eyewitness Memory. Poster accepted for presentation at Florida Academy of Sciences, 81st Annual Meeting, 81st Annual meeting, Lakeland, Florida.
  • Stovell, A., & Bacheller, L. (2016, August.) Rape victim responsibility. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 124th Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
  • Hall, P.D., Bacheller, L., Benton, L., & Desir, C. (2016, August). Role of religion and spirituality in the psychological well-being of Haitian adults. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 124th Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
  • Bacheller, L., Hall, P.D., & Desir, C. (2016, May). The relationship between spiritualty and well-being in Haitian American adolescents. Poster presented at the American Psychological Science Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Suttington, S., & Bacheller, L. (2016, May). What truly predicts my well-being: Could it be my faith? Poster presented at the American Psychological Science Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bacheller, L. , Hall, P.D., & Desir, C. (2015, August). Psychological well-being and personality of Haitian American adults. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 123rd Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Hall, P.D., Bacheller, L., & Desir, C. (2015, August). Psychological well-being and communication in Haitian families. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 123rd Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Suttington, S., & Bacheller, L. (2014, August). Would you rather see a priest or a mental health professional? Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 122nd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Stovell, A., & Bacheller L. (2014, August). Does resistance effect attribution of responsibility in cases of rape? Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 122nd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Hall, P.D., Bacheller, L., Desire, C. (2014, May). Stop the violence: The impact of community violence on Haitian-American adolescents. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, California.
  • Hall, P.D., Bacheller, L. Desir, C., Statler, E., & Simpson, B. (2014, May). Using positive psychology to examine internalizing and externalizing behaviors in Haitian adolescents. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, California.
  • Hall, P.D., Desir, C., Bacheller, L., & Lubin, N. (2013, November). Achieving adolescent Haitian empowerment through academic and psycho-social enrichment. Symposium presented at the 25th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • Bacheller, L. (2013, November). Facilitator: Second annual engaging merging scholars symposium. Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November, 2013.
  • Stovell, A., & Bacheller, L. (2013, August). Rape victim responsibility. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2013.
  • Kuma, N.A., & Bacheller, L. (2013, March). Violent pasts, troubled futures: The influence of Haitian culture on views of domestic violence and depression. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Conference, Florida Academy of Sciences, Miami, Florida.
  • Zucchi, J., Bacheller, L., & Muscarella, F. (2012). Learned helplessness and bullying: At risk for cyberbullying. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, August 2012.
  • Bacheller, L., & Feldman, D. (2012). Preparing an undergraduate specialization in forensic psychology: theory and practice. Poster presented at 2012 American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Bacheller, L., & Feldman, D. (2012). Preparing an undergraduate specialization in forensic psychology. Poster presented at 34th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, Florida
  • Bacheller, L., Wated, G., & Szuchman, L.T. (2011). A stage approach to undergraduate independent research in psychology. Poster presented at 2011 Florida Statewide Symposium-Engagement in Undergraduate Research held at University of Central Florida.
  • Gonzalez, I., & Bacheller, L. (2011, March). College students' attitude towards school related activities: Academic self-efficacy in relation to parenting styles. Presentation made at NCUR 2011 at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychology-Law Society

Undergraduate Courses

  • PSY 413 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 300 - Psychology of the Family
  • PSY 325 - Theories of Personality
  • PSY 306 - Psychology of Women
  • PSY 307 - Psychology & Law
  • PSY 415 - Senior Seminar: Psychological Dimensions of Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • PSY 493 - Great Cases in Law and Psychology

Graduate Courses

  • PSY 596 - Techniques of Therapy
  • PSY 615 - Ethics
  • PSY 627 - Law and Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 621 - Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy
  • PSY 635 - Group Therapy