Professor Barbara Held is both a clinical psychologist and a theoretical/philosophical psychologist. In her teaching she emphasizes theory and research about personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, and philosophical psychology. Her scholarship focuses on theories and philosophies of psychology and psychotherapy, especially the nature of psychological/mental states and processes, how to change them therapeutically, and what we can know about them in ourselves and in others. She has served as the 2008 - 2009 President of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24) of the American Psychological Association.
Held received the 2012 Joseph B. Gittler Award, which recognizes “the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge,” by the American Psychological Foundation, of the American Psychological Association.