Brent Dean Robbins
Department of Psychology, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, USA
Prior to his present appointment as Assistant Professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr Robbins had been teaching at Daemen College, and had served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania). Before this, Dr Robbins had been a part-time instructor for a variety of institutions, including Walden University (clinical psychology doctoral program), Massey University (graduate program in discursive therapies), and the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Brent has also taught undergraduate courses for prisoners at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, through the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier.
Brent is Editor-in-Chief and founder of 'Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts', and is a Board member for a number of journals, including 'PsyCRITIQUES', 'Terrorism Research', 'International Journal of Transpersonal Studies', and the 'International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy'. Dr Robbins is a co-editor of 'The Legacy of R D Laing' (with Gavin Miller, Daniel Burston, and Victor Barbetti, Trivium Press). Brent holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and is a recipient of the Harmi Carari Early Career Award for Inquiry, which was granted by the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association).
Dr Robbin's areas of research include the phenomenology of emotion, humor, self-consciousness, religion/spirituality, death anxiety, embodiment, and the medicalization of the body. His clinical research has been especially focused on an existential-phenomenological approach to treatment, which is informed by Maurice Merleau-Ponty's flesh ontology. Additional areas of clinical and research interest include panic disorder other anxiety disorders. Brent is a strong proponent of epistemological diversity, and a significant portion of his scholarship includes work in the philosophy of science, especially phenomenological and Goethean approaches to science.