At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Graduate Counseling programs are designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to improving your craft as a practitioner in counseling-related professions. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field; many of them currently practice the trade, conduct research, and regularly contribute to scholarly literature. Your learning experience here will take you far beyond basic counseling theory to implement innovative evidence-based practices in your own practice.

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Barbara Riggs; MSN, PhD Assoc Prof; Graduate Counseling | Indianapolis Site Director barbara.riggs@indwes.edu


Dr. Riggs has worked as a marriage and family therapist since receiving her doctorate from Purdue University. In addition to Indiana Wesleyan University, she teaches at Manila Bible Seminary, Philippines, and has taught at Cincinnati Christian University and Indiana University, Sociology Department and the School of Nursing.

Educational Background:

  • B.S.N., 1978, University of Evansville
  • M.S.N., 1981, Indiana University
  • Ph.D., 1988, Purdue University


Research interests:

  • Individual and family resilience
  • Marital Satisfaction
  • Couples communication
  • Differentiation


  • Marriage and Family: A Christian Perspective.
  • Marriage and Family, 2006.
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