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Brent Dean Robbins, PhD
Brent Dean Robbins, PhD, is Director of the Psychology Program and Associate Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, He is also an outpatient therapist for Mercy Behavioral Health.
He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University; is founder and editor-in-chief of Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (www.janushead.org); and is co-editor of the forthcoming books: Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest, and What We Can Do About It (Co-edited with Sharna Olfman) and The Legacy of R.D. Laing (Co-edited with Daniel Burston and Victor Barbetti).
Dr. Robbins is recipient of the Harmi Carari Early Career Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of APA), and is the Secretary, blog editor and conference coordinator for the Society. His research has included existential and phenomenological investigations of emotions such as joy and embarrassment, bio-medical constructions of embodiment, psychopathology including studies of panic disorder and psychosis, conflicts of interest in research on psychiatric medication, and existential psychotherapy informed by the existential philosophy of Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Buber, Scheler and others. A current project is the exploration of existential personalism and its common influences in humanistic psychology and the civil rights movement, with emphasis on the history association between research of personalist ethic in Boston University's theology department, Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of the Beloved Community, and Gordon Allport's personality theory at Harvard University. He teaches a variety of courses at Point Park University, including existential and phenomenological psychology, the psychology of happiness, the psychology of emotion, and research methods.
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