Antioch University Santa Barbara Introduces Friends of Antioch Support Council

Friends of AntiochAntioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to introduce Friends of Antioch, which will form a bridge between the school’s external programming and academic departments and the community at large. Members of the new organization will have V.I.P. access to all happenings at the university and serve as a sounding board for its leadership.

The Friends will help shape such events as Art@Antioch, a series of themed exhibits, openings, and artists’ talks. They also will be invited to special receptions following the university’s popular, intimate dialogues, Antioch in Conversation… Members will be key players in the exciting activities being planned to celebrate AUSB’s 40th anniversary in 2017. This yearlong exploration of “The Future” will culminate in the gala, “Fly me to the Moon.” Finally, Friends will get exclusive briefings by incoming Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. William Flores and provide support to the school’s individual academic departments.

“Friends of Antioch promises to provide a dynamic framework for robust community engagement,” said AUSB’s Director of Institutional Advancement Barbara Greenleaf. “The new organization will be a true two-way street. It will enable us to draw even more fully on the vast storehouse of knowledge and myriad talents of Santa Barbara’s residents and help us create programming that’s even more responsive to their needs.”

To learn more about Friends of Antioch, visit or please contact Barbara Greenleaf at or 805-962- 8179 ext. 5314.

Posted on July 21, 2016

Dawn Murray To Spend Year Teaching in Bhutan

Dr. Dawn Murray in BhutanDr. Dawn Murray, Chair of the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been invited to teach at the Royal Thimphu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan for a year as a visiting professor. Dawn, a marine biologist who started the Environmental Studies concentration in AUSB’s BA program, will be the only American female scientist teaching at the school.

Dawn is taking a leave from AUSB at the end of July, when she will move to Bhutan and join RTC’s Environmental Studies Department teaching courses on ecology, biodiversity, management, and conservation. Her two sons, aged 13 and 11, will leave their Santa Barbara schools and immerse themselves in a new culture and school in Bhutan. Dawn will return to the BA program at AUSB in August 2017.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked Asian country located between India and China in the midst of the Himalayan Mountains. The country has a self-imposed mandate to keep at least 60% of its land forested and is also known for its Gross National Happiness index, which revealed that 91% of its residents considered themselves happy. Earlier this year, Bhutan became the world’s first carbon-negative country, absorbing more carbon in its heavily forested lands than it produces.

This won’t be Dawn’s first visit to Bhutan. She visited in December 2015 while leading an eco-cultural trip with The Tribal Trust Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving indigenous cultures at which Dawn serves on the board as Vice President. During her year in Bhutan, she plans to help preserve the culture and ways of the indigenous Monpas people living in the remote mountains.

Bhutan“I am excited to return and offer my expertise for a year contributing to their environmental studies curriculum, working with future leaders of ecological stewardship,” Dawn said. “My passion for ecological literacy, cultural conservation, and climate change education and awareness is my asset and my communication expertise enhances coalition building.”

While in Bhutan, Dawn said she will research opportunities and benefits that develop from sustainable management of natural resources and innovative eco-friendly practices and also impart AUSB’s emphasis on learner-centered education and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

“My intention is to educate, inspire, and motivate people to become actively involved in eco-cultural preservation issues,” Dawn said. “I will be witnessing and participating in a way of life that has been sustained for thousands of years, living as part of the natural order, not above or separate from it. My learning will help me more effectively teach students at Antioch when I return and encourage ecological activism, focusing on environmental issues, indigenous people, their art and culture, and organic farming methods.”

Posted on July 19, 2016

Antioch University’s MA in Clinical Psychology Program Focuses on Underserved Populations

MACP Healthy AgingAntioch University Los Angeles was featured this week in a New York Times article for their Psychology program providing specialized training for LGBTQ-affirming therapists. This unique training is in keeping with the overall Antioch mission of commitment to social justice in preparing future practitioners for multicultural competence and focusing on under-served populations.

“Here on the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus, the MA in Clinical Psychology program is deeply committed to this mission by preparing therapists for working with two of the largest and most under-served populations in our country: Latino communities and elders,” said MACP program chair Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson.

To this aim, AUSB offers students in the MACP the opportunity to pursue concentrations in Healthy Aging or Latino Mental Health. Students enrolled in the program meet all requirements to become California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and, can also opt to focus on either these areas of specialization at no extra cost. Full time students in either concentration can complete the Program with an MA in Clinical Psychology within two years.

MACP Latino Mental HealthThe concentration in Healthy Aging offers a cutting edge, preventative-wellness model in counseling older adults, their families, and caregivers. Students completing the program with a specialization in Healthy Aging are entering a market  in critical need of experts in the fast growing field of elder health and mental health services.  The concentration in Latino Mental Health provides knowledge and skills needed to work with Latino individuals, families, and communities and meets the growing demand to fill the shortage of qualified, licensed for bilingual therapists.

Posted on July 14, 2016

Elizabeth Wolfson to Present on the Late-Life Creativity of Bob Dylan at Conference

Elizabeth WolfsonDr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, and chair of the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will be presenting a talk on “Late-Life Love, Creativity and Wisdom” at the 2016 Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawing from the poetic and musical creative expression of the iconic 75-year-old singer songwriter, Bob Dylan.

Dr. Wolfson’s talk discusses the evolution of Dylan’s career with a focus on his later works, offering a unique window into contemporary perspectives on aging. Drawing from Dylan’s poetry and performance, the presentation discusses how the nostalgia and longing dovetail with late-life wisdom to offer rich opportunities for enriched love, creativity, and well-being. The topic of late-life opportunity is of increasing importance and interest as world culture is being shaped by one of the world’s fastest growing populations.

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m. In addition, on Wednesday, July 20 at noon, Dr. Wolfson will present a preview of the Santa Fe talk for the AUSB community in Community Hall on campus.

“My presentation will demonstrate how Dylan’s creative journey toward the twilight of his life has taken him back to his musical and emotional roots while offering poignant observations on late-life opportunity,” Dr. Wolfson said in a video interview about her presentation.

Dr. Wolfson’s talk will touch upon many of the topics taught in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration, which focuses on a strength based, integrative counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families.

“The presentation will refute commonly held notions that creativity and passion fade with age,” she said. “In fact, the opposite is true. Dylan’s contemporary work demonstrates how late-life awareness of mortality converges at a crossroads of wisdom, nostalgia, and longing. And it is at this crossroads that creativity flourishes.”

Dr. Wolfson will talk about how mental health professionals can use this insight to help clients of all ages as well as in later life.

The Creativity and Madness Conference is produced by the American Institute for Medical Education (AIMED) and is focused on the psychology of artists and the creative process. More information on the conference is at

The MACP program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. Students gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives. Learn more at

Posted on July 11, 2016

New Antioch University Santa Barbara Graduates Celebrate at Commencement

2016 CommencementOver 150 new graduates of Antioch University Santa Barbara celebrated their achievements at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort.

** View over 150 photos from Commencement on our Facebook page **

For the first time, AUSB offered simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish for the entire ceremony.

Student speakers 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 all told of their rewarding journeys through their programs while a 2015 PsyD graduate – Dr. Dalia Ruiz – spoke of her accomplishments in the past year while accepting the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award.

After a warm introduction by Dr. Barbara Lipinski, AUSB’s Provost, Gina Bell, MA, an adjunct faculty in the BA program, displayed her emotions and her students cheered loudly for her before she received the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.

2016 CommencementRetiring President Dr. Nancy Leffert spoke at her last Commencement as did Marcia Cohen on behalf of the AUSB Board of Trustees and Elsa Luna for the AU Board of Governors.

In all, 156 students received their degrees on Monday:

  • 63 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • 8 Master of Arts in Education
  • 8 Master of Education
  • 45 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • 8 Master of Arts in Psychology
  • 17 Master of Business Administration
  • 7 Doctorate in Clincial Psychology

Video of all featured speakers is available here in this playlist:

Posted June 22, 2016

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