Acting Chair and Core Faculty, PsyD in Clinical Psychology
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Sandra Kenny, PhD, is the Acting Chair and Core Faculty of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program. 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. In her work on occupational health, she paid particular attention to the relationship between work characteristics, psychosocial factors and executives’ health across Canada. 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. Combining her interests in health and management, she then 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 using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and also in primary care with a team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, dietitians, physical and massage therapists. Her clinical experience ranges from therapy with individuals, couples, and also with groups. She currently employs an integrative clinical approach in her private practice working in both the French and English language with adults and students struggling with a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety or 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 both 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 and prevent homelessness, organizing internships for college students working with organizations that serve seniors, and now being a community champion for the American Cancer Society for Relay For Life. She believes that students need to learn and develop their competencies and clinical skills in a respectful and diverse environment that inspires innovation and encourages their desire to grow professionally and humanly.