Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, PsydD Core Faculty, Director of Practicum
When the opportunity arose to become a full-time faculty member at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown saw it as a chance to be a part of an institution that she had long admired. “Antioch always held a special place in my heart because of what Antioch stands for and because finishing my undergraduate degree at Antioch University Los Angeles was life changing for me,” says Rohde-Brown, who is the Director of Practicum for doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program at AUSB. Antioch’s focus on free thinking, in a deep and critical manner, impressed her even at a young age.
After graduating from AULA, Rohde-Brown went on to get a master’s degree in the more traditional setting of Pepperdine University and a doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University, an institution that focuses on adult learning. Today, Rohde-Brown enjoys working one-on-one with doctoral students as she sets up their practicum experiences. “As a faculty member at Antioch, there’s the ability to really know the students, not to have a lot of students sitting in one lecture hall,” she says. “I get to know students as human beings, their styles of learning, their styles of communication and their preferences.”
As part of her position at AUSB, Rohde-Brown also spends a significant amount of time in the Santa Barbara community connecting with other psychologists who have the ability to assist students in the program. “There are a variety of practicum choices and more coming up,” she explains. Recently, a relationship has been developed with the five Boys and Girls Clubs locations in Ventura County. And, she’s established a collaborative agreement with New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, where four more students will train. Two additional students will have the opportunity to work in an integrative program at the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. Integrative programming⎯which incorporates physical wellbeing with mental health is near to Dr. Rohde-Brown’s heart. “I am an integrative psychologist,” she explains. “I think that who I am and who we are here at AUSB feeds into how we deliver programming and what we are teaching.”
Dr. Rohde-Brown’s research also includes participatory methods in exploring socially oriented international psychology, ecopsychological frameworks and indigenous ways of knowing spirituality and forgiveness. “I try to make these types of topics available to our students,” she says. Ecopsychology has been an area of interest since the early 1990s, and Rohde-Brown has watched as the field has become more mainstream. “It’s coming into the forefront,” she explains. “We can learn from our relationship with the natural world.” As part of her work at Antioch, she wants to compel students to keep learning. “I hope that students learn to constantly question the current paradigm and their own belief system and their own judgment,” she says. “Sensitive, global citizenship in the profession of psychology is important because our students are deeply investing in supporting the range of individuals, families and groups with whom they will interact.”