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Dr. Robbin L. Rasbury

Program Chair College of Psychology and Holistic Studies
Counseling Psychology/Holistic

Dr. Robbin Rasbury is Associate Professor and Program Chair of the MA in Counseling Psychology/ Marriage and Family Therapy & Professional Clinical Counseling Program at John F. Kennedy University. Since joining the University in 2009 as an adjunct professor, she has taught many courses within the MFT program such as Children, Adolescents and Family Assessment and Treatment; The Family Life Cycle; Attachment; Clinical Skills series and MFT Theory; and Foster Care and Adoption Seminar. Plus she has taught Psychodynamic Theory in JFK University’s PsyD program. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rasbury is a Faculty Senate member and serves on the Faculty Quality committee. She has been on various hiring committees within both the undergraduate and graduate colleges.

Dr. Rasbury is a graduate of California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra, California with an emphasis in Multicultural Community Psychology. Her dissertation research was on "An Evaluation of a Transracial Adoption Workshop for White Adults Planning to Adopt African-American and/or Hispanic Children."

She has clinical experience working with diverse clients and populations in both in-patient and outpatient settings such as with the chronically mentally ill, children and adolescents with terminal illnesses, incarcerated women and their children, and collaborated on multidisciplinary teams. At UCLA, she conducted research assessments and providing mental health services to foster and foster/adoptive youth and their families. While there developed and conducted parenting strategies for prospective/adoptive families. In addition to her clinical work, she was a supervisor of an evidenced-based Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program for high-risk adolescents referred from probation and high-level group homes in Contra Costa county and recruited and trained specialized foster parents for these youth. The goal of this program was to reunify the teenagers to their family of origin once they graduated from the program. Dr. Rasbury has also been a consultant to PACT, an Adoption Alliance in Oakland, California.

She has been a presenter nationally on cultural and social justice issues; loss and grief related to attachment and adoption; diversity leadership, strategies and approaches. In addition to presenting, she co-authored an APA article in the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Journal titled: Haldeman, D. & Rasbury, R. (2014). Multicultural training and student beliefs in cultural context. Vol. 4. Dr. Rasbury is an African-American adoptee and throughout her career has been committed to serving culturally diverse communities with a focus on social justice issues.

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