Sandra Kenny, PhD, MBA, is the Chair and Core Faculty of the PsyD program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. Her educational background is in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology (I/O) and business administration. Dr. Kenny obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her research focused on organizational stress, organizational learning, and well-being. With the help of work stress models, she looked at the effects of rewards, job decision latitude, and social support as protective factors for physical, psychological, and organizational health. By combining her interests in health and management, she earned an MBA in Hospitality Management at Les Roches, Switzerland, where she worked on different paths from stress to wellness.
Since 2004, Dr. Kenny’s clinical work has been diverse. She enjoyed her work in fast-paced environments in psychiatry and also in primary care with a team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, dietitians, and physical therapists. Her clinical experience ranges from therapy with individuals, couples, and also with groups. She has employed an integrative clinical approach in her private practice working in both French and English with adults and students struggling with a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, chronic health conditions and illnesses, grief, relational problems, and work stress. She values multidisciplinary teams in clinical settings, in academia, and in organizations.
Before joining Antioch, Dr. Kenny taught psychology and communication courses in Canada and at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. As an I/O Consultant, she has collaborated with organizations on improving their practices regarding absenteeism/presenteeism and stress-related health problems using the biopsychosocial model. Being part of the community is important to her. She participated in different community development projects. These projects have included building partnerships between women’s organizations and municipalities, developing outcome indicators and measurement tools to reduce homelessness, organizing internships for college students working with organizations that serve older adults, being a community champion for the American Cancer Society, and being a MOPS International leader.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. She is a Board member of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). She is currently the Faculty Senate President on the Santa Barbara campus, and also serves on the Anti-Racism Task Force at Antioch University. Serving on this new Task Force is an honor for her as she believes that students need to learn and develop their competencies and skills in a respectful and diverse environment that inspires innovation and encourages their desire to grow professionally and humanly.