Virginia M. Brabender, PhD, American Board of Professional Psychology CI (ABPP)
- Psychology & Mental Health
Programs I Teach
- Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
- PsyD/MBA in Health Care Management
- Clinical Psychology (PsyD) & Human Sexuality Studies (MEd)
- PhD, Psychology (1976)
Fordham University (NY)
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.
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)