Ecopsychology Students Produce Videos

Ecopsychology Class at Antioch University Santa Barbara
Students study near the Pacific Ocean in an Ecopsychology Class at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

As part of their final project, students from the Ecopsychology class in the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara shared their newly acquired knowledge about Ecopsychology concepts, as well as stand as ambassadors for the Earth by developing a compelling ecological video.

Using the core values that AUSB utilizes – such as critical thinking, diverse perspective, social justice, applied learning, communication, and self-awareness –students created their videos to enhance and reinforce these values in which they believe.

“Students supported Antioch’s marketing initiatives through social media outlets and word-of-mouth efforts,” said Ann-Marie Charest, PhD, Teaching Faculty in the BA program. ”As you may know, video marketing is the rising star of marketing. According to Syndacast, 74 percent of all Internet traffic in 2017 will be video.”

Have a look at the students’ work below:

Lin Coleman, Jordan Robinson, Isa Oestman Olai, Linda Sturesson:

Katelyn Boisen, Cesiah Koris, Dom Ventura:

Elizabeth Garcia:

Henriette Skådinn, Alicia Marie, Anniken Tronstad:

Posted on June 15, 2016

PsyD Students Present Research at Scholar’s Day

Scholar's Day 2016
PsyD students Steven Razo and Peter Narbonne at Scholar’s Day

Antioch University Santa Barbara students in the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program create posters and presented their research on Friday, June 10 to the campus community at the program’s annual Scholar’s Day.

Scholar’s Day is a forum for advanced doctoral students to present posters depicting the research they are proposing and conducting. The campus is invited to browse all of them and discuss the topics with the students. The research conducted by the students often form the basis of their dissertations.

“It fills me with pride to see our students presenting their research at Scholars’ Day,” said Brett Kia-Keating, EdD, Teaching Faculty in the PsyD program. “Witnessing what they have done and hearing their mastery of the research not only affirms how much they have learned, but also their commitment to social justice.”

** See more photos of Scholar’s Day 2016 on the AUSB Facebook page **

The students who presented and their topics are:

Peter Achenbach: Do Low Income Families Experience More Anxiety?

Rocio Andrade: Understanding the Non-Offending Parents of Sexually Abused Children

Scholar's Day 2016
PsyD student Samuel Ballou discusses his research at Scholar’s Day 2016.

Nicole Auckerman: Pet Ownership and Life Satisfaction

Samuel Ballou: Factor Structure of the Socrates A & D Questionnaire Among Participants in a Community Mental Health Setting

Merushka Bisetty: Culturally-Conscious Psychosocial Efforts for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

Kyle DiFulvio: Equine Facilitated Therapies

Talon Edson: The Influence of Eyewitness Memory Factors on Attorney Plea Bargaining Decisions

Christina Espindola: Relationships with Standardized Testing, Non-Native English Speakers and Students with Disabilities

Suzanne L. Frost: Living on the Edge: The Mental Health Effects of Nature on Low-Income Single Mothers

Jake Gladstone: Martial Arts and Self-Care: An Effective Practice to Reduce Burnout?

Jack Hills: The Influence of Age on Rates of Drug Abuse or Dependence Among Non-Affective Psychotic People

Scholar's Day 2016
PsyD student Ali Madrid tells a colleague about her research at the 2016 Scholar’s Day.

Douglas Johnson: Group Therapy and Alcoholism

Maz Karandish: Mindfulness and Well-Being

Itay Kohane: Satisfaction in Relationship Balance Among Orthodox Jewish and Gender

Ali Madrid: Global Index Severity Responses Affected by Childhood Neglect

Peter Louis Narbonne: Cortisol as a Biomarker for Anxiety and Depression

Francisco Ramirez: Quantitative Analysis of Susceptibility Risk Factors Associated with PTSD

Steven Razo: Collegial Support and Burnout: Special Considerations for the Marriage and Family Therapist

Ray Sullivan: Exploring the Relationship Between Parental Attachment and Anxiety in Children

Reed A. Vierra: Effect of Physical Health at Age 16 on Later Mental Health

Patricia Zadeh: The Experiences of Women Married to Partners with Narcissistic Traits

AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. To learn more, visit

Posted on June 10, 2016

La Universidad de Antioch Santa Barbara Ofrecerá Servicios de Interpretación en la Ceremonia de Graduación

AUSB Commencement 2016
MaryLou Hernandez, Dr. Nancy Leffert, and Lena Moran.

Para demostrar el compromiso de la Universidad de Antioch en Santa Barbara hacia la inclusividad y la justicia social, servicios de interpretación simultánea entre inglés y español se ofrecerán en la ceremonia de graduación esta año, para crear un espacio multilingüe e inclusivo.

Mientras la idea de ofrecer interpretación en la ceremonia comenzó como un proyecto teórico de parte de dos estudiantes que se gradúan con su Maestría en Educación, Lena Moran y MaryLou Hernandez, las dos trabajaron con la organización local, no- lucrativa Comunidades Justas para convertir la teoría en realidad. Comunidades Justas patrocinó dos talleres para la universidad, llamados “Un Salon, Muchas Voces”, y el equipo de interpretación. AUSB contratará a dos intérpretes profesionales, quienes proveerán interpretación simultánea durante la ceremonia completa, que se llevara acabo el lunes, 20 de junio en el Hotel de Fess Parker. Esto marca la primera vez que AUSB incluye un servicio de interpretación oral en su graduación

“Es emocionante ser una de las primeras universidades en la área que ofrezca acceso lingüístico a través de la interpretación simultánea en un evento tan importante,” dijo Morán. “Es un testamento a la misión de Antioch y el ambiente que la escuela crea, que permite que los estudiantes florezcan como líderes y realicen su aprendizaje en práctica”

“Ser la primera persona en mi familia que obtenga una licenciatura es un honor,” dijo Hernandez. “Y cuando camine por el escenario, y vea los ojos de mis papas, sabré que ellos tuvieron la oportunidad de participar y comprender la ceremonia porque nosotros ayudamos a crear un ambiente inclusivo.”

Mientras su proyecto comenzó a tomar forma, Moran y Hernandez buscaron la asistencia de la Presidente Nancy Leffert, que se jubila este ano. Ella estuvo de acuerdo inmediatamente, y ofreció apoyo para contratar a los intérpretes.

“Estoy encantada que Lena y MaryLou tomaron la iniciativa para hacer esto una realidad. Son maravillosos ejemplos de estudiantes de AUSB, y demostraron el corazón de una educación de Antioch,” dijo la Dra. Leffert. “Estoy especialmente contenta de que podremos hacer esta ceremonia de graduación inclusiva y especial, y establece un precedente para tener disponible el servicio de interpretación en futuros eventos de la universidad.”

Mas de 150 estudiantes de los programas de AUSB: Bachillerato de Arte, Maestría en Psicología Clinica, Doctorado en Psicología Clinica, Educación y Credencializacion, recibiran sus titulos. Se les honrará también a los primeros graduados del programa de Maestria de Administracion de Negocios, quienes completaron sus estudios en diciembre.

Posted June 8, 2016

Antioch University Santa Barbara To Offer Interpretation Services at Commencement

AUSB Commencement 2016
MaryLou Hernandez, Dr. Nancy Leffert, and Lena Moran.

To demonstrate Antioch University Santa Barbara’s commitment to inclusivity and social justice, simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish will be offered at this year’s Commencement in order to create an inclusive multi-lingual space.

While the idea of offering interpretation at the ceremony began as a theoretical project by two graduating Master of Arts in Education students, Lena Moran and MaryLou Hernandez, the two worked with local non-profit Just Communities Central Coast to turn theory into reality. Just Communities sponsored two workshops on campus entitled “One Room, Many Voices” and the interpretation equipment, and AUSB is hiring two professional interpreters who will provide simultaneous interpretation of the full commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort. This marks the first time AUSB has been able to include a language interpreting service at Commencement.

“It is exciting to be one of the first universities in the area to offer language access though simultaneous interpretation at such an important event,” Moran said. “It is a true testament to Antioch’s mission statement and the environment the school creates that allows students to truly flourish as leaders and implement their learning into practice.”

“Being the first in my family to earn a graduate degree is an honor,” Hernandez said. “And when I walk across the stage and look my parents in the eyes, I will know that they had the opportunity to participate, engage, and understand commencement because we helped create an inclusive environment.”

As their project began to take shape, Moran and Hernandez sought the assistance of retiring AUSB President Nancy Leffert, who immediately agreed and offered to support the hire of the interpreters.

“I am thrilled that Lena and MaryLou took the initiative to make this a reality. They are wonderful examples of AUSB’s students and displayed the heart of an Antioch education,” Dr. Leffert said. “I’m especially happy we’ll be able to make this Commencement ceremony such an inclusive and special one, and it is precedent setting for making interpretation services available at future campus events.”

Over 150 students from AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts, MA in Clinical Psychology, Doctorate in Clincial Psychology (PsyD), and Graduate Education and Credentialing programs will receive their degrees. The first graduates of the Master of Business Administration program, who completed their degrees in December, will be honored as well.

Posted June 7, 2016

BlackBerry’s Steven E. Zipperstein Named to Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees

Steven E. ZippersteinAntioch University Santa Barbara proudly announces the election of Steven E. Zipperstein to its Board of Trustees. As chief legal officer of BlackBerry Ltd., Steve is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal, government relations, and public policy affairs. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Steve served as general counsel for Verizon Wireless. He has taught at Loyola Law School and published several law review articles. In addition, he has testified before Congress numerous times on telecommunications policy issues. Steve has long been a proponent of higher education as a lever for social change.

“I am honored to be chosen for the board of AUSB,” he said, “because I admire the university’s commitment to academic excellence and its mandate to provide access to higher education for all qualified students. As one surveys Santa Barbara’s schools, institutions, and businesses, it readily becomes apparent that Antioch graduates are the problem-solvers of our community.”

A graduate of UCLA and the UC Davis Law School, Steve worked for more than nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. He also served as a special counselor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Steve and his wife, Diane, live in Santa Barbara and have three grown daughters.

“With his vast business acumen, great intelligence, and even greater heart, Steve Zipperstein will be an enormous asset to our Board and the entire university,” said AUSB Board of Trustees Chair Vicki Riskin. “We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”

Posted on June 2, 2016

PsyD Program Places 100% of Year 4 Students in Internships

Congratulations to the 15 students in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) who have secured internships. Every student seeking an internship was successful in securing one. These students have completed their coursework on campus and are moving to the next step, the pre-doctoral internship. Here are four examples of what the PsyD students will be doing at their sites:

Michelle Greenspoon BarrettMichelle Greenspoon Barrett will head to the other side of the country to work in the Adult Corrections Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Raleigh.

During her time there, Michelle will have the opportunity to work in several roles, including outpatient services, inpatient mental health services, and specialized sex offender treatment. She will be working with male and female inmates with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, on Death Row, and with the general inmate population. “My family and I are looking forward to moving to Raleigh for this new adventure,” Michelle said.

Divina JohnstonDivina Johnston will begin her internship at the University of Nevada in Reno on August 1. She will be working with college students doing individual and group therapy and conducting psychological assessments. Divina said she is most excited about the opportunity to train in a program that places high importance on multicultural diversity while also giving her the experiences that she desires.

“While I’m looking forward to this next exciting chapter in my educational journey, I will miss Antioch and my cohort,” she said. “I hope that we will continue to stay in touch with each other.”

Brandon MaynardBrandon Maynard will travel to Casper, Wyoming, to work at the Rocky Mountain Psychology Internship Consortium conducting individual therapy, group therapy, psychological evaluations and assessments, and didactic trainings throughout Wyoming. He will be working with all types of patients but will have a focus on children and families, mostly of low socio-economic status. Brandon is looking forward to relocating to the frontier state of Wyoming and working with an extremely different population than he has previously.

“I graduated with my MA in Clinical Psychology in 2013, and am honored and excited to graduate with my PsyD from AUSB as well,” he said. “I’ll continue to carry on the precepts of social justice and excellence in standard of care for the duration of my career, with Antioch as the launching point.”

Lissa PrattLissa Pratt will be working for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her internship will include various types of assessment and testing, including cognitive, language, developmental, personality, adaptive, neuropsychological, learning disorder, gifted testing, and psychodiagnostic while also working with social skills groups.

Lissa will be working mostly with children and adolescents and some adults, many with autism or other developmental disabilities. “The program directors have so much knowledge and experience and seem highly supportive,” Lissa said about her internship site.

Sofia MurilloSofia Murillo will be working at The Northern California Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium’s (NCDCRC) internship program at the California Men’s Colony. NCDCR offers a broad range of clinical experiences with a diverse patient population to pre-doctoral students seeking well-rounded training in the field of psychology.

As an intern, Sofia will have the opportunity to work with a diverse population of inmate-patients housed in one of the California prisons, which offers a unique opportunity for interns embarking on the journey of becoming culturally competent clinicians. Also within the frame-work of the scientifically-informed practitioner model, the training programs emphasize the incorporation of psychological science into the practice and delivery of culturally competent services.

Other AUSB PsyD student internship sites are:

  • BHC Alhambra Hospital’s Adult PHP Program in Santa Barbara 
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Elderly Behavioral Wellness Services in Los Angeles 
  • Pasadena City College’s Counseling Center (2 students)
  • San Luis Obispo Community Counseling Center
  • Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium
  • Sovereign Health of San Clemente
  • The Wright Institute’s Los Angeles Counseling Center (2 students)

AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. To learn more, visit

Posted on June 1, 2016

Märta Waldrop Bergman, Lena Moran, Megan Kain Named Student Speakers at Commencement

2015 Commencement
Graduates celebrate at the 2015 Commencement ceremony.

Märta Waldrop Bergman from the Bachelor of Arts program, Lena Moran from the MA in Education program, and Megan Kain from the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program will be the three student speakers at the 2016 Commencement at the Fess Parker Resort on Monday, June 20.

Students graduating from all programs were eligible to submit speeches for review. A panel of faculty from all programs reviewed all without knowing the identity of the author for fairness. Speeches and were rated on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:

Antioch University’s mission is to provide “… education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

In addition to these three students, Dalia Ruiz, a 2015 PsyD graduate, will speak and receive the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award, and Gina Bell, an adjunct in the BA program, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.

In 2015, the student speakers were Linda Hoover from the PsyD program and BA graduate Miranda Rich.

Posted on May 26, 2016

MA in Education Students Share Poster Conversations on June 1

MA Student Research 2015
Heather Young, Mark Duran, Charlene Macharia, Shawn Amaro, and Courtney Fleming participated in last year’s conversations event in June 2015.

This year’s Master of Arts in Education Public Conversation Poster Session will be Wednesday, June 1, from 4:30-7:30p.m. Each year the Master’s candidates share their research with the community at this informal and public “conversation.”

This year there will be 10 topics:

Silvia Bordin
Preschool Development and Evaluation

Brittany Deckard
Developing a Dual Language Immersion Program at an Elementary School

Susana Del Toro
The Effect that Process Vs. Product Has on Young Children

Kristine Duncan
Best Practices: Teaching Reading in English to English Language Learners

Doreen Edwards
Student Voice in Elementary Education Leadership Programs

Shira Geiger-Gevirtz
Promoting Staff and Student Wellness at a Private University

Beatriz Hernandez
Status of Homework at a Junior High School

MaryLou Hernandez
Characteristics of Successful Latino College Students in Southern California

Marcus Lopez
Inquiries for an Indigenous Curriculum

Lena Moran
An Evaluation of Interpretation and Translation Services for School Districts

Ismael Ulloa
Current Status: Latino Parent Involvement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District

Guests will be able to join in conversations of their choice.

“Antioch’s Master’s students benefit greatly from these conversations,” said Gary Delanoeye, Affiliate Faculty with the MAE program. “As they describe their work, their understanding of their topics deepens. The insights they get from the conversations inform their research and help them understand the implications of their research for the discussion chapter of the thesis.”

All members of the AUSB community, including alumni, are cordially invited to this event, and refreshments will be served.

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Education Department offers a variety of Masters and Credential Programs. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or an experienced educator, we have a program that is tailored to your needs. Visit to learn more.

Posted May 16, 2016

PsyD Students to Present Dissertations in May and June

Several students in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Santa Barbara are presenting their dissertations in the upcoming weeks. All members of the AUSB community are invited to these presentations.

Marjorie McCarthy, MA, doctoral candidate

Marjorie McCarthyFriday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 343

An Exploration of Moral Injury as Experienced by Combat Veterans

Dissertation Chair: Ron Pilato, PsyD
Second Faculty: Sharleen O’Brien, PsyD
External Expert: William Nash, MD

Crystal Gonsalves, MA, doctoral candidate

Crystal GonsalvesFriday, June 3 at 12:00 p.m. in Community Hall

The Remembered Experience of Adoption: Factors Supporting Healthy Adjustment

Dissertation Chair: Steve Kadin, PhD
Second Faculty: Bella DePaulo, PhD
External Expert: Violet Oaklander, PhD

Cameron Zielder, MA, doctoral candidate

Cameron ZiedlerThursday, June 9 at 12:00 p.m. in Community Hall

Psychoneuroimmunology: New Modality for Psychoeducation: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment

Dissertation Chair: Brett Kia-Keating, EdD
Second Faculty: Christopher Howard, PsyD
External Expert: Joseph Lockhart, PhD, ABPP

Blake Brisbois, MA, doctoral candidate

Blake BrisboisThursday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m. in Community Hall

The Lived Experience of Facilitating the Violet Oaklander Model of Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents

Dissertation Chair: Ron Pilato, PsyD
Second Faculty: Lee Weiser, PhD
External Expert: Violet Oaklander, PhD

Leryn Messori, MA, doctoral candidate

Leryn MessoriThursday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Community Hall

Frequencies Between Serial Killer Typology and Theorized Etiological Factors

Dissertation Chair: Ron Pilato, PsyD
Second Faculty: Brett Kia-Keating, EdD
External Expert: Maxann Schwartz, PhD

Kayleigh Hay, MA, doctoral candidate

Kayleigh HayFriday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. in Community Hall

Factors Influencing Father Involvement with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dissertation Chair: Salvador Treviño, PhD
Second Faculty: Denise Mock, PhD
External Expert: Sarah De Los Santos, PsyD

Megan Marie Kain, MA, doctoral candidate

Megan Marie KainFriday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Community Hall

Bind, Tether and Transcend: Achieving Integration through Extra-therapeutic Dance

Dissertation Chair: Sharleen O’Brien, PsyD
Second Faculty: Chris Howard, PsyD
External Expert: Paula Thomson, PsyD

Posted on May 13, 2016

Antioch University Affirms Transgender Students

Antioch UniversityAntioch University Community,
You may be aware that a recent edition of the Antioch Review contains an essay concerning the transgender community that is garnering significant discussion. The Antioch Review is owned and operated by Antioch College, which is no longer associated in any way with Antioch University. The University was not involved in selecting this essay for publication and it certainly does not represent the views of Antioch University. As a University, we remain committed to our mission of social, economic, and environmental justice. While we encourage faculty and students to engage in critical thought and dialogue around important issues, the essay in the Antioch College Review is a far cry from what we value as a community; it is offensive, hurtful and inaccurate. We stand strong and proud in affirmation and celebration of all our students and the diverse communities to which they belong. This includes our transgendered students and employees who will continue to have our full respect and support.

Felice Nudelman

PsyD’s Salvador Treviño Presents at Cuesta College Symposium

Salvadore TrevinoDr. Salvador Treviño, core faculty in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Santa Barbara, was the keynote speaker at the Cuesta College DREAMer Symposium held on Saturday, May 7, in San Luis Obispo. The symposium was well attended by mental health professionals, college and high school students, parents, faculty from various schools and colleges, and members of the Latino community from as far away as Bakersfield.

Dr. Trevino’s plenary speech focused on the trauma of immigration and Latino mental health within the current socio-political climate of the upcoming 2016 United States presidential elections. Dr. Treviño, who represents AUSB at professional venues throughout the United States, is a popular and frequently invited speaker on matters related to Latino mental health and social justice. Dr. Treviño’s professional presentations are examples of AUSB’s core values of social justice and community engagement at work.

Dr. Treviño has taught graduate level professional psychology for close to 15 years and lectures extensively on the theory and practice of child and adolescent psychology, character disorders, clinical skills development, Latino mental health, and psychoanalytic therapy.

AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. For more information, visit

Posted on May 11, 2016


2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients Honored at Reception

2016 Scholarship Reception
Kristianne Clifford and Chelsea Lancaster

On Monday, May 9, Antioch University Santa Barbara honored students and donors alike at its Annual Grant and Scholarship reception. The reception was invite only for award recipients, their guests, and the donors who made their financial awards possible.

** View photos from the reception on the AUSB Facebook page **

Dr. Dalia Ruiz, a 2015 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Dr. Ruiz delivered remarks at the reception. In 2015, Lynn Houston, an AUSB Bachelor of Arts graduate and current Master of Business Administration student, received the award in its first year of existence.

The 2015-2016 AUSB Scholarship and Grant recipients are: Anjani Singh, AnnaLynn Clark, Atty Garfinkel, Betty Purify, Brandy Harrison, Brook Garnica, Chelsea Lancaster, Christie Russak, Claire Blakey, Connie Navarro, Devin Nigh, Di Elman, Dora Dorado, Dylan Broyles, Eleanor Mireles, Elizabeth Garcia, Emi Umezawa, Emily Gonzalez, Fatima Estrada, Heidi Huchthausen, Ismael Ulloa, Itay Kohane, Jamie Dufek, Jano Valencia, Jennifer Hartmann, Jenny Martinez, Joe Hulsizer, Johni Hull, Jordan Robinson, Jose Powell, Karen Hernandez, Katelyn Boisen, Kayla Short, Kevin Palacios, Kirsty Kenny, Kristianne Clifford, Kyle DiFulvio, Lena Moran, Leonor Breton, LeWanda Croft, Lukas Checa, Lydia Perez, Lynn Houston, Max Simon-Gersuk, Megan Grubaums, Micasha DeSilva, Miny Zhou, Miriam Halevy, Mzaliwa Musaba, Nataly Arredondo, Nieves Antonio, Peter Achenbach, Primitiva Hernandez, Raymond Payton, Rictavia Maliszewski, Robert Kirk, Rosa Pinedo, Samantha Beach, Sheri Kent, Sierra Butler, Silvia Bordin, Sirwan Assad, Susana Del Toro, Sydney Casler, Tereza Mojzisova, Travis Frohlich, Veronica Perez, Walter Harrington, Xochilt Vargas-Perez.

To learn more about grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid available to AUSB students, please visit

Updated on May 11, 2016

Dr. Dalia Ruiz Receives the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award

Dalia RuizDr. Dalia Ruiz has been awarded Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Graduate Award for 2016.

Dr. Ruiz graduated from the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at AUSB in 2015. Since then, Dr. Ruiz has been finishing her post-doctoral internship, worked in the Latino Outreach Program of San Luis Obispo County, and provides education on mental health issues to Latinos in her hometown of Santa Maria. She recently has secured a contract starting in the fall with a local high school district to implement her treatment and program throughout the schools.

“Attending Antioch laid the foundation for lifelong learning, nurtured my passion for research and education, and developed my confidence as an effective speaker,” Dr. Ruiz said. “The skills I learned at Antioch have served to help me speak with power, passion and purpose.”

As this year’s honoree, Dr. Ruiz will be making remarks at a reception for AUSB scholarship and grant recipients on Monday, May 9 as well as a speech at the 2016 Commencement on Monday, June 20.

As for what she refers to as “spare time,” Dr. Ruiz is also developing an impressive reputation as a scholar. Since her graduation in 2015, she has presented papers at three different conferences in Thailand, Egypt, and Peru. Her research includes the teen birth crisis in Guatemala; torture, trauma, and mental health treatment trends; and trauma treatment among Latino children. Dr. Ruiz has also developed a treatment manual aimed at culturally competent practice with Latino children and their caregivers, which is presented in both English and Spanish and is currently under review for publication.

Her development as a Practitioner and Scholar is no doubt the reason she received nomination by the PsyD faculty. In honoring Dr. Ruiz, AUSB also honors her faculty for their excellence as practitioners and scholars, and as the educators who have guided and mentored her.

“As AUSB’s president, I had the pleasure of calling Dr. Ruiz to tell her that she was our 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award,” said Dr. Nancy Leffert. “She told me how surprised she was because she is ‘just starting out.’ Starting out she might be, but I expect we will be hearing a lot about her in the future.”

Posted on May 4, 2016

Antioch University Announces New President of the Santa Barbara Campus

Dr. William FloresThe Board of Governors for Antioch University is proud to announce Dr. William V. Flores as the new President of the Santa Barbara campus. Flores will serve as the fourth President of the Santa Barbara campus succeeding Dr. Nancy Leffert. Leffert will retire on June 30, 2016 after seven years of service.

The Board chose Flores from a strong pool of candidates because of his expertise in academic program development, enrollment growth, fiscal acumen, and his strong commitment to shared governance. Flores has also demonstrated a strong commitment to expanding educational opportunities to underserved populations including the Hispanic community. He is a strong advocate for social justice and sustainability, hallmarks of the Antioch University tradition. Chairperson of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Vicki Riskin, said “the committee felt that Dr. Flores had both an impressive background and the visionary thinking to lead AUSB into the future. He understands the diversity and uniqueness of Santa Barbara and our campus, and he demonstrated the personal warmth to convince us he was the perfect choice.” Antioch University Vice Chancellor Bill Groves commented that the team is “excited to welcome Dr. Flores and to leverage his vast experience in higher education to help take Antioch University to the next level.”

Most recently, he was the President of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) where he grew the university in size, reputation, student success, and community engagement. UHD has over 14,000 and is one of the most diverse institutions in the nation. Dr. Flores led UHD in a strategic planning process, developing a new vision, mission, strategic plan and metrics for measuring progress. Since he joined UHD in July 2009, the University dramatically expanded online enrollment, partnerships with community colleges and physical size, grew its downtown footprint and opened a satellite campus in northwest Houston. In 2011, the University was recognized as one of 16 national “Examples of Exceléncia” by the Exceléncia in Education organization. UHD has been named to the U.S. President’s Honor Roll for Community Service annually since 2007, including being awarded “With Distinction” in 2012. Also, in 2012, UHD won the prestigious STAR award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its transfer and articulation programs with Lone Star College and in 2015 UHD earned the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement as one of only five campuses in Texas. In 2015, UHD was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Universities for Adults Returning to College.”

Flores has received many awards and accolades for his leadership in higher education and outstanding community service. In October 2009, Hispanic Business Magazine named Dr. Flores as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country and Top Ten in education. He also serves on many local and national boards, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) where he serves on its Governing Board and has served as treasurer and secretary.

President Flores earned his Doctor of Social Theory and Public Policy and Master of Arts in Political Science degrees from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA. Flores’ previous appointments include service as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, Executive Vice President and Provost at New Mexico State University (including interim president), and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge. He has been an ACE Fellow and Rockefeller Senior Fellow in the Humanities.

Flores remarked, “I am looking forward to joining the Antioch University community. Antioch’s rich tradition of providing innovative learning environments that are rigorous and responsive to student’s needs and its vision of ‘offering learners and communities’ transformative education in a global context that fosters innovation and inspires social action’ is at heart of what I believe as an educator. I’m looking forward to being part of Antioch and contributing to the University’s continued success.”

About Antioch University

Antioch University is an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day by helping students realize their potential and achieve their educational and career goals through a rigorous and responsive learning environment. Antioch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Antioch University Santa Barbara has received Federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution under Titles III & V of the Higher Education Act.

Posted April 28, 2016

Gina Bell Receives AUSB’s 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Gina Bell, MA,Gina Bell an adjunct faculty in the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been named the recipient of the 6th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Gina will be honored alongside graduates from all programs at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20, at the Fess Parker Resort.

“Gina’s dedication to student learning and success is commendable,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Lipinski. “Her enthusiasm and expertise have been an inspiration to numerous students, including over 100 undergraduates just this past year. We appreciate Gina’s skills as an educator and her demonstrated commitment to students and the mission of Antioch University.”

Dr. Lipinski said Gina receives outstanding student evaluations after every class. Here is a sampling of student comments:

  • “Gina is an excellent teacher, very engaging.”
  • “I learn more and more about myself in the world around me when I take her classes.”
  • “She is the best teacher I had in my life – very empowering, smart, and challenging.”

Gina has a long history at AUSB. She has taught here for eight years, and her success in that role likely comes from her days as a student at AUSB. Gina earned her BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology and then went on to receive her degree from the Masters in Clinical Psychology program as well.

Originally from Delaware, Gina has lived in Santa Barbara since 1966. She has worked with such organizations as Girls Inc., the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk to bring awareness to the battle against breast cancer.

Previous winners of the Award for Excellence in Teaching at AUSB include Susan LangFrank Rust III, Dawn MurrayJuliet Rohde-Brown, and John Forhan.

Posted April 21, 2016

AUSB Student Documentary Filmmakers Address Social Justice Issues

Social Justice Documentary Film class - Winter 2016The Bachelor of Arts students in Stanley Roden’s Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking class in Winter 2016 took on such weighty topics as homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, and more in their final films.

Their completed films were shown to the Antioch University Santa Barbara community on March 10 and most have been shared on the AUSB YouTube channel and embedded below.

The students in the class were Ruby Anwar, Kristianne Clifford, Nicole Cohen, Danny Francisco, Farokh Khan, Scarlett McDonald, Travis Spencer, Linda Sturesson, Genevieve Swords, Vegard Vaagnes, Howard Vega, and Maerta Waldrop Bergman.










Posted on April 15, 2016