Barbara Laymon has a Master of Science in clinical counseling from Loyola University Maryland, a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina, a graduate certificate in applied epidemiology from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree in math-computer science from Furman University. She is currently pursuing a PhD from Loyola University in pastoral counseling and is a licensed graduate professional counselor.

Barbara first heard about Bowen theory during an internship in clinical pastoral education in 2000. The next year, she began coaching with a Bowen therapist. Fascinated by the theory and its application to public health and religion, she attended the Postgraduate Program from 2010-2016 and interned at the Bowen Center from 2014-2016. Currently at the Bowen Center, she is an active member of the research committee, plans an opening conference for the Clinical Series, and offers counseling services as an associate in the Center’s sliding-fee scale clinic.

She has been a public health professional at local and state health departments and at a managed care organization and is now working as the lead analyst in the community health assessment and improvement planning arena for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Barbara’s research interests include the social determinants of health, population health, adverse childhood experiences, societal emotional processes, leadership, and the connection between systems thinking and spirituality. She has published in public health journals and has also written a religious novella.