Early on, TU Professor Emerita Judy Berry says that she loved college. After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her master's degree from Kansas State University, she received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Tulsa. She quipped, "I looked for a socially acceptable way to stay on campus forever and be paid to be there." She found that way at TU where she served as professor and chair of the Department of Psychology before retiring in 2013.
Throughout her illustrious career at TU, Dr. Berry advocated for children with disabilities and their families. She wrote the groundbreaking text, Lifespan Perspectives on the Family and Disability, with co-author Michael L. Hardman, of the University of Utah; and she developed the Parental Stress Scale (with Warren Jones) that helps assess stress experienced by parents of children with and without clinical problems.
Dr. Berry has been honored with a number of awards related to her scholarship and advocacy work, including the Tarbel Achievement Award for Excellence and Contribution in the Field of Disabilities; the TU Medicine Wheel Award; the Special Achievement in Advocacy Award by the Tulsa ARC; she was named an "American Hero" by Newsweek magazine for her advocacy work on behalf of individuals with disabilities; she was named Educator of the Year by Region V of the AAMR; she was named Ms. Homecoming by The University of Tulsa, one of the greatest honors bestowed upon a member of the TU community; and she received the Distinguished Service Award from her undergraduate alma mater, The University of Oklahoma.
After her retirement, her friends and colleagues in the TU Department of Psychology gave funds to establish an endowed lecture series in her honor - The Judy O. Berry Honorary Endowed Lecture Series: Risk and Resilience in Children and Families. Dr. Berry also has financially supported this important endowment through a will bequest, ensuring a legacy that reflects her dedication to education and TU.