Barbara Blacklock holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Michigan State University and is licensed by the state of Minnesota, as an independent social worker (LISW). She has worked in disability services for over thirty years and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on disability issues. In addition to her role as an access consultant for students with disabilities enrolled in Academic Health Center programs, for the past eleven years Barbara has been the co-chair of the University of Minnesota provost’s committee on student mental health and coordinated the development of the website www.mentalhealth.umn.edu.
Barbara is the chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) special interest group (SIG) on students with mental health disabilities and was awarded the AHEAD 2001 Professional Recognition Award. In 2014 she received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service.