Dr. Barber's philosophy focuses on the importance of providing every child with active love, understanding and respect. He believes children come into this world perfect and an engaged, loving and properly supportive caregiving parent is fundamental to healthy parenting. Parents who know how to recognize and relate to their own emotions and the emotions of their child find understanding and acceptance for both their actions and the behaviors of the child.
Dr. Joe Barber attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and received his graduate medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of Virginia and a neurology residency and child neurology fellowship at Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified in Pediatrics, a member of the Child Neurology Society and past Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He is a presenter for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for both the EPIC: Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings Program and the EPIC: Breastfeeding Education, Support and Training (BEST) Program. He founded Children's Health Care in 1987 and continues to practice pediatrics and child neurology at Children's Community Pediatrics-Erie, an affiliate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Barber provides expert weekly medical commentary on a regional ABC affiliate, WJET-TV and is a medical advisor to the Barber National Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.