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Dr. Carolyn Brodbeck

Associate Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy
Office Location: Crean Hall 109
Office Hours: Digital by appt. only
Phone: (714)744-7641
The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science
University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.


Dr. Brodbeck holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her graduate training included extensive clinical-research training/work experience in the areas of treatment outcome research, adult anxiety disorders, social skills training to improve functioning in chronic schizophrenia, and the DSM-III-R diagnostic validity trials. She completed an APA-approved internship at the Los Angeles County – University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC-USC). During her internship, Dr. Brodbeck completed outpatient and psychiatric emergency room rotations with an emphasis on serving a range of first generation immigrant and economically-disadvantaged client populations.  Prior to joining Chapman, she served as a core faculty member in the Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology program at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia for three years. Since joining Chapman in 1994, Dr. Brodbeck has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses including abnormal psychology, advanced psychopathology,  critical thinking, cross-cultural psychology, ethics and professional issues, history and systems, and applied research/bibliographic methods. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Brodbeck previously served as a volunteer board member for Forgotten Victims, Inc., a nonprofit group that assists survivors of motor vehicle accidents that have involved catastrophic injury or death. She has also provided extensive volunteer service to a range of professional organizations and community agencies over the years.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Brodbeck has a long-standing interest in cognitive-behavioral assessment and intervention. She previously conducted research in panic disorder with agoraphobia. Dr. Brodbeck is currently interested in adaptation and resiliency in adult trauma disorders, strategies for enhancing interpersonal problem-solving and effective decision-making, and therapeutic efficacy of cognitive-behavioral interventions integrated with meditation/contemplative approaches. Dr. Brodbeck has published articles in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Research,  International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health, and Journal of Clinical Geropsychology.

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive-behavioral assessment and intervention strategies in anxiety disorders
  • Coping and resiliency in trauma survivors
  • Cultural factors in anxiety disorders
Professional Memberships:

1991-Date American Psychological Association
1991-Date Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
1995-Date American Association of University Women
1996-Date American Psychological Society
2001-Date International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Courses Regularly Offered:

  • Psy 201- Critical Thinking
  • Psy 322- Theories of Personality
  • Psy 421- Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Psy 499- Independent Study
  • Psy 532- Research and Bibliographic Methods
  • Psy 570- Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnostics
  • Psy 575- Advanced Individual Psychology
  • Psy 578- Ethics and Professional Issues

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Brodbeck, C. (2010). Clinical significance. In N. J. Salkind, D. M. Dougherty, & B. Frey (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Research Design, Volume 1, pp. 153-155. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Invited entry.
Brodbeck, C. (2007). Informed Consent. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, Volume 2, (pp. 465-468). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Invited 2000-word entry.
Brodbeck, C. (2007). Structured Clinical Interview for DSM IV. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, Volume 3, (pp. 976-977). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Invited 500-word entry.