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 

Lou Cannon, Jerry Roberts talk Trump and Clinton at ‘Volatile Politics’

Volatile PoliticsVeteran political reporters Lou Cannon and Jerry Roberts spent two hours on Monday, April 11 detailing the intricacies of the 2016 elections and the role California plays in “Volatile Politics,” the latest event in the Antioch in Conversation series.

Moderated by The Honorable Susan Rose, a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor and a member of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Cannon and Roberts spent the majority of time discussing presidential candidates, focusing on front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While both agreed that Clinton was likely to clinch the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders, both Cannon and Roberts argued that Trump would have a more difficult time winning the Republican nomination and that Ted Cruz posed a significant challenge.

For more photos, please visit the gallery on the AUSB Facebook page.

Cannon and Roberts, who are also both members of the AUSB Board of Trustees, peppered their remarks with insight and humor (or as Roberts called his style, “snarky”), and in addition to the presidential race, they also touched on state and local political topics.

The two journalists have impressive political backgrounds. Cannon is a veteran White House and political reporter for The Washington Post and the celebrated biographer of Ronald Reagan, while Roberts, the former managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and author of a biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein, founded the political website and has covered politics and public policy in California for four decades.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement  about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world. The next event in the series is a screening of the documentary film Projections of America on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall. For more information, visit

Posted April 12, 2016

Nancy Leffert Receives Award from Pacific Coast Business Times

Antioch University Santa Barbara President Nancy Leffert was honored in the March 25 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times featuring the Top 50 Women in Business.

Dr. Leffert received the Editor’s Choice award in the category of Nonprofits & Health Care from the newspaper, which ran a full profile with photos in the issue. The profile focused on Dr. Leffert’s successes in increasing enrollment, expanding the program offerings, and raising awareness of Antioch in the community during her tenure at AUSB, which began in 2009. Dr. Leffert will retire as President of AUSB on June 30.

Nancy Leffert Pacific Coast Business Times

One of Dr. Leffert’s most significant accomplishments was moving the AUSB into its current building. “The move to this campus made us a lot more visible in the community,” she said in the article.

Renee Grubb, a member of the AUSB Board of Trustees, also was honored in the edition with the Editor’s Choice award in the Real Estate & Construction category for her work with Village Properties.

The full Top 50 Women in Business issue is available online to Pacific Coast Business Times subscribers.

Posted March 30, 2016

Healthy Aging Students Receive Caregiver Support Training Grant

Caregiver Scholarship recipients
Cindy Mayer, Kattie Bachar, Bianca Ruvalcaba, Amanda Lopez, and Janine DeWitt.

Five students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.

The five students – Kattie Bachar, Janine DeWitt, Amanda Lopez, Cindy Mayer, and Bianca Ruvalcaba – are all in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration.

The Caregiver Support Training Program is a collaboration between Family Service Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and AUSB that will address the shortage of caregiver services in Santa Barbara County. It is funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Caregiver Support Training Program
Donna Beal, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association; Mariela Marin, Director of Clinical Training, Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, AUSB; Lisa Brabo, Executive Director, Family Service Agency; Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair, Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, AUSB; Cynthia McNulty, Senior Services Program Manager, Family Service Agency.

“The program will be the first in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that professionals already engaged in graduate education in healthy aging are on the front lines of providing support for those who care for elderly family members,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program.

Dr. Wolfson said the scholarships will help students who otherwise may not be able to pursue this course of study as well as encouraging MACP students to enroll in the growing Healthy Aging concentration.

For further information about the Caregiver Support Training Program, contact Cynthia McNulty at 805.965.1001 x226 or; students interested in participating should contact Dr. Wolfson at 805.962.8179 x 5155 or

About the Healthy Aging concentration

AUSB’s Healthy Aging concentration is unique in its focus on a strength based, holistic counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families. Students in the Healthy Aging concentration meet all course requirements towards MFT licensure while focusing on the psychological, physical, and social needs of the growing population of older adults and their families.

About the MA in Clinical Psychology program

The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will 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.

Posted March 11, 2016

Antioch University Santa Barbara Launches Professional Writing MFA Program

MFA Tell Your StoriesAntioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), a private, nonprofit undergraduate and graduate institution, will begin its inaugural Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media (MFA) academic program this winter, aimed at developing tomorrow’s leaders in professional writing disciplines. AUSB’s MFA program is one of the only programs of its kind in the West.

The low-residency, semester-based program has a multi-genre approach to professional writing for traditional and contemporary media, including film, stage, television, adaptation, radio, integrated media storytelling, literary journalism, cultural criticism, interactive game writing and narrative design. The program will offer students a supportive writing community that encourages innovation and risk. Graduates will be empowered to make unique, creative contributions in their chosen fields.

“AUSB’s new MFA program was designed to meet the growing need for professional communicators,” said Steve Heller, chair of AUSB and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA programs. “In our rapidly changing economy, professional writing versatility is critical to engage audiences across the media spectrum. AUSB’s MFA program will prepare students to become confident, effective communicators by focusing studies in an area of interest while also developing a broader range of writing skills.”

The new low–residency academic program consists of the completion of 48 academic units distributed across four semesters of instruction. Each semester begins with a five-day residency on the AUSB campus and continues with Antioch University’s virtual learning environment for the remainder of the term.

AUSB’s renowned nine-member MFA advisory committee comprises a wide range of prestigious authors and award-winning producers and screenwriters. Their diverse and accomplished backgrounds will help give students an understanding of the real-life applications of their studies and connect them with the tools they need to be successful in their own careers. The advisory committee comprises Ann Bardach, journalist and non-fiction author; Lou Cannon, award-winning journalist and historian; Susan Gulbransen, freelance writer and writing teacher at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference; Jerry Isenberg, former TV and film producer and current chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors; Joe Medjuck, former professor and TV and film producer; Diana Raab, author, memoirist and philanthropist; Victoria Riskin, human rights activist, former TV screenwriter and producer, and chair of the Santa Barbara Committee of Human Rights Watch; Jerry Roberts, author, broadcast commentator and journalism teacher; and Ralph Thomas, Canadian film director and screenwriter.

The MFA program will engage the local community and the many talented and well-known writers and artists who call Santa Barbara home. In conjunction with the MFA program, AUSB also launched The Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series, a writers’ series that examines the work of contemporary writers and artists to inspire students and the community to learn and understand the transformative power of great storytelling.

More information about the AUSB MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media program is available online at

Posted on February 24, 2016

AUSB Receives CAMFT Statewide Award

Elizabeth Wolfson
Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson

Antioch University Santa Barbara has received the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT) 2016 Outstanding School and Agency Award. The award was based on the innovation of the Healthy Aging concentration within the MA in Clinical Psychology program.

“We are pleased that CAMFT has chosen to recognize Antioch University Santa Barbara as this raises awareness about our exceptional programs as well as Antioch’s commitment to inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, socially engaged citizenship, and unique dedication to community service,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of the MACP program.

The Outstanding School and Agency Award recognizes a school or agency in California, and any CAMFT member may nominate a school or organization for the award. The nomination form is submitted to CAMFT’s Honors Committee, which selects the winner.

AUSB’s program was nominated by Peter McGoey, LMFT, who earned his a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara in addition to a Masters in Social Science and a Secondary Teaching Credential. He has spent over 30 years providing counseling and support to Santa Barbara’s drug and alcohol recovery community. Since 1979, Peter has worked at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital and is currently the Primary Counselor for the Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (COPE).

“We are particularly proud that AUSB’s Concentration in Healthy Aging within the MA Clinical Psychology Program is being honored by CAMFT,” Dr. Wolfson said. “This concentration offers a pioneering model of education for future professional providers of mental health services to our country’s fastest growing and most underserved population of elders and their families.”

AUSB will be presented the award at the CAMFT 52nd Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 14. AUSB’s award also will be mentioned in the May/June issue of The Therapist.

The Masters in Clinical Psychology program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health. Learn more at

Posted on February 22, 2016

Antioch University Announces New Scholarships for the PhD in Leadership and Change Program

PhD in Leadership and ChangeAntioch University is excited to announce a new merit-based tuition scholarship starting in 2016-17 for students in the PhD in Leadership and Change program.

The Ruth Weisman and Mayneal Wayland Scholarship enables the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) program to offer annual tuition scholarships in support of scholarship and practice in leading change that directly impacts and improves the lives of women and/or girls in the United States or abroad.

This scholarship was established by a generous gift from two donors as a way to honor their respective mothers, in the belief that women can change the world, and in honor of Dr. Alan Guskin and his leadership at Antioch University and his life-long commitment to “win victories for humanity.”

“Students and graduates of our program are doing amazing things combining scholarship and practice to improve the lives of women of all ages,” noted Dr. Laurien Alexandre, provost of the Graduate School of Leadership and Change. Examples include a student who is training teachers for girls’ schools in Afghanistan, another who focused on women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. Closer to home, the program has had a recent student convene diverse groups of women to build social capital to improve communities and another who is working on wellness programs for inner-city women to improve their lives and the health of their families. “This scholarship fund brings much needed financial support to our current and future doctoral students. We are so grateful to our donors for supporting students who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls,” said Dr. Alexandre.

Approximately $5,000 in support will be available each academic year for the life of the fund for deserving students in the program. Scholarships will typically be in the amount of $2,500, but may be smaller or larger at the scholarship committee’s discretion.

The application deadline is May 1st of each year and the application can be downloaded from the program website. A full description of the application process is also posted online.

To learn more contact Leslee Creighton at 937-769-1341 or

Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program incorporates a challenging interdisciplinary core-curriculum that focuses on leading change coupled with faculty-mentored, self-paced individualized learning, and is designed for experienced professionals who are committed to studying and leading change that improves the well-being of those they serve.

The PhD in Leadership and Change program is a doctoral program within the Graduate School of Leadership and Change of Antioch University, which is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education and innovative experiential learning. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With locations in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University’s mission is to provide learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Posted on February 11, 2016

Daniel Schwartz Joins PsyD Program as Clinical Faculty

Dr. Daniel SchwartzDaniel Schwartz has joined the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara as Clinical Faculty and Director of Clinical Training.

Dr. Schwartz received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991. He earned a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and spent a year studying Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In 2003, Dr. Schwartz completed psychoanalytic training at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, a member institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dan Schwartz to our PsyD department,” said Ron Pilato, PsyD, Chair of the PsyD program. “He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and resources from his background in attachment theory and research at University of Michigan, UCSF, and Stanford. His professional training in psychoanalysis informs his specialized approach working with children and adults in private practice.  His expertise in psychodiagnostic assessment adds breadth and depth to our faculty team.”

Dr. Schwartz was a Fellow in the University of Michigan’s Interdisciplinary Program on Child Abuse and Neglect, and completed a Traineeship at the Infant-Parent Program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), working with low-income families and their infants. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University’s Medical School.

Both his doctoral research and clinical training were focused in the area of attachment theory. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for two years in Professor Mary Main’s lab, studying the attachment relationships of infants and their parents, and looking across the lifespan using the data set of University of California, Berkeley Institute for Human Development.

For over 15 years, Dr. Schwartz taught and supervised residents in the Department of Psychiatry at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, ending up as a Voluntary Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He also taught for several years in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Miami Medical School, as well as teaching graduate students in the Departments of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. In addition, he taught courses to analytic candidates at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. For seven years, as a Full-time Teaching Analyst, he directed the Institute’s two-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

For over 20 years, Dan maintained a full-time private practice working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children in psychotherapy. Since 1999, he has worked intensively with individuals in analysis, a specialized treatment modality. Additionally, Dan conducted psychological testing with adults and children, focusing on projective personality assessment. His practice in South Florida enabled him to work with underserved populations – adults and children struggling with acculturation and diversity concerns.

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Posted on February 10, 2016