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Interim Commissioner Barber

Jack Barber, M.D. was named Interim Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018, following an appointment as Interim Commissioner by Governor McAuliffe in 2015.

Throughout the last 30 years, Dr. Barber has had a distinguished career in Virginia's behavioral health and developmental services systems. Prior to serving as DBHDS's Medical Director he spent 29 years at Western State Hospital starting as a Staff Psychiatrist and ending with 16 years as Facility Director. During his tenure he led to transformation of the hospitals treatment operation to one that became organized around psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Over the past 15 years he has also been part of Court Monitor teams for USDOJ actions in Kentucky and Connecticut as well as provided consultation to California and Georgia.

In addition to these positions, Dr. Barber has also served in a teaching capacity at the University of Virginia's Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.

Dr. Barber received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree from the University of Texas. He completed his residency and served as Chief Resident at Duke University Medical Center.