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. (2020).  Group psychotherapies.  In S. Messer and N. Kaslow (Eds.).  Essential psychotherapies:  Theory and practice (4th ed.).  (pp. 369-406).  New York, NY:  Guilford. 
  • Brabender, V., & Fallon, A.  (2019)  Group psychotherapy in inpatient, partial hospital and residential care
    Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association. 
  • Fallon, A., & Brabender, V.  (2018).  Awaiting the therapist’s baby:  A guide for expectant parent practitioners. (2nd ed.).   Philadelphia, PA:  Taylor and Francis (Routledge).
  • Brabender, V., & Mihura, J., Siffin, K.   (2019). The construction of gender and sex, and their implications for psychological assessment.  Taylor & Francis and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals online project.
  • Brabender, V.  (2018).  Ethics in diversity-sensitive assessment.  In S. R. Smith and R. Krishnamurthy (Eds.).  Diversity-sensitive personality assessment (pp. 333-348).  New York, NY:  Routledge.  

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

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)