2216 Dodson Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901

(479) 926-HOPE (4673)

Hope 4 Autism

Welcome to Hope 4 Autism

About Us

Sheila Barnes, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Sheila Barnes is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a School Psychologist. Dr. Barnes graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Central Oklahoma (formerly known as Central State University), a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a second master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  In addition to school psychology and counseling psychology, Dr. Barnes holds standard Oklahoma Teaching Certifications as a superintendent, school counselor, diagnostician, reading specialist, as well as in the fields of early childhood education, elementary education, middle school social studies, middle school language arts, and several categorical areas of special education.    

Dr. Barnes has been an educator in Oklahoma since 1976 and has taught both regular education and special education at all age levels from birth to 21. Dr. Barnes has extensive experience 

working directly with children with autism, developmental delays, serious emotional disturbance, physical/orthopedic disabilities, learning disabilities, mental retardation, and multiple disabilities. She has worked in a large variety of placement alternatives from home-based early intervention to a residential treatment center for adjudicated youth to regular classrooms.  

Dr. Barnes has extensive experience providing pre-service and in-service professional development in public schools and in higher education at the university level. She is a retired full professor and has been the Executive Director of several grant-funded teacher preparation programs she has written. She has also served in positions as Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Special Education Program Coordinator, and Associate Dean of the School of Education.  Dr. Barnes has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in applied behavior analysis, teaching students with emotional disturbance, and teaching students with autism.