Virginia M. Brabender

Virginia M. Brabender, PhD, American Board of Professional Psychology CI (ABPP)

  • Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Psychology & Mental Health

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Psychology (1976)
    Fordham University (NY)

About Me

My own clinical practice has been beneficially shaped by the intersection of theory and practice. I seek to cultivate in my students the capacity to integrate both on a continual basis. Although my own orientation is psychodynamic, I have a conviction that all major theoretical orientations have their place in the theater of practice. Accordingly, I aim to nurture students' openness to different points of view. I also seek to deepen students' appreciation for the diversities among the recipients of our services. Finally, although I believe tremendous learning can take place in the classroom particularly as that classroom encourages the presentation of experiences from the field I also see the individual mentoring relationship through supervision (dissertation and clinical) and independent studies as of paramount importance in "growing" the student-clinician.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of psychological assessment, group psychotherapy, professional ethics, the nontraditional family, and clinicians' personal-professional development.


  • Brabender, V., & Mihura, J. (2016). Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Brabender, V., & Fallon, A. (2013). Working with Adoptive Parent: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Brabender, V., & Fallon, A. (2009). Group development in practice: Guidances for clinicians and researchers on stages and the dynamics of change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)


  • Teaching Excellence Award Class of 2001, IGCP, Widener University
  • Sr. Katherine Burns Award, Immaculata University (2006)
  • Walter J. Klopfer Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literature on Personality Assessment (1994)