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Barry K. Estadt, Ph.D.

Barry Estadt headshotFounding Director,
Professor Emeritus



M.S., Ph.D. Psychology, Catholic University of America
Diplomate, Counseling Psychology
Diplomate, Pastoral Counseling
Retired Psychologist, (PA, MD, D.C. FL)
Supervisor, USCC Office of Chaplaincy Services
Certified, Imago Relationship Therapy

Academic Appointments

1964-1974 Academic Dean, St. Fidelis College & Seminary
1974-1975 Sabbatical, Research Fellow, Yale University
1975-1977 Chairperson, Washington Theological Union
1976-1999  Loyola University Maryland, Pastoral Counseling Department

  • Developed MS, CAS & Ph.D. Programs in Pastoral Counseling.  Attracted graduate students from 48 states and 35 countries abroad.
  • "Prestigious Award" (1984) National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) for "outstanding contribution to the field of pastoral care and counseling."
  • Received William J. Bier (1992) Award from American Psychological Association (APA) for "pioneering work in the integration of psychology and religion."
  • Distinguished Program Leadership Award, American Association of Pastoral Counselors (1996) for "demonstrating leadership in the teaching of pastoral counseling students in an academic setting, in research and writing in the field, and in maintaining high standards as an Approved Training Program of AAPC." 
  • Named Professor Emeritus (1999) for "outstanding service as a member of the faculty."




  • Pastoral Counseling, Estadt, Blanchette, Compton, New York:  Prentice Hall, 1983; second edition, 1991.
  • The Art of Clinical Supervision, Estadt, Blanchette, Compton, Mahwah, N.J.; Paulist Press, 1987.
  • Pastoral Counseling in a Global Church:  Voices from the Field.  New York:  Orbis, 1993; co-edited with Robert Wicks.

Award of The President's Medal 5-23-2000

In the spring of 2000, as President Harold Ridley reflected on Barry Estadt's recent retirement as Professor Emeritus, he decided that he wanted to acknowledge Dr. Estadt's exceptional contribution in developing Loyola's Pastoral Counseling Programs by recommending to the Board of Trustees that he be authorized to award the President's Medal to a Faculty Person for the first time.  Accordingly, at the Graduate Commencement Exercises on May 23, 2000, President Ridley awarded the President's medal to Barry K. Estadt, Ph.D. as faculty and graduates cheered!  This award acknowledged in a special way the esteem of the college for the Pastoral Counseling program and for all who were associated with its development.


Finding meaning in a complex world is a universal quest, one that requires gentle reflection and a vigorous exploration of faith. By inclination and training an existential-humanistic psychologist, Barry Kenneth Estadt, Ph.D., has dedicated his life to an ongoing search for spiritual meaning and purpose, becoming a pioneer in the integration of social sciences and theology.

A practicing psychologist, researcher and educator who had also completed graduate studies in theology, Barry Estadt was recruited by Loyola's Psychology Chair in 1976 to establish a new pastoral counseling program in response to requests from local clergy.  Within a decade, Barry Estadt had established an independent Pastoral Counseling Department, and by 1990 had expanded the graduate and certificate degrees offered to include a doctorate-the only degree of its kind offered in the United States.  Today, Loyola's Pastoral Counseling Program attracts students from around the globe for its unique integration of theology with the behavioral sciences.

For his outstanding accomplishments in the discipline of pastoral counseling, for his distinguished academic career as a teacher, clinician, and researcher, and for his devotion to Loyola's mission, Loyola College in Maryland is proud to recognize Barry Kenneth Estadt, Ph.D., with The President's Medal.