Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Chair, Counseling and Psychology
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: +1 561-237-7294
Fax: +1 561-237-7400
Debra Ainbinder's professional endeavors are further evidence of her belief in a scientist/practitioner model of professional growth and behavior. Currently, she is involved in clinical work and research work outside of academic responsibilities. As a member of the Lynn University faculty, she is encouraged to pursue professional ambitions and supported in professional goals. This support from administration has allowed her to bring these experiences back to the classroom and to represent Lynn University in national and international arenas.
Most notable is her professional emphasis on prevention research, interventions and training. She has brought these ideals to the Lynn graduate program and the Psychology department. At present, Ainbinder is a co-principal investigator on two prevention research projects. One is a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania State University Prevention Science Department on parent interventions to decrease alcohol use and related consequences. This project is titled Project ENHANCE and is in its third year of data collection. The social action research project she is involved in is for the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force, which provides community programs in Broward and Palm Beach County. This task force involves local law enforcement, community members, county judicial representatives, and state legislators. The project NOPE is a program evaluation of the many presentations provided by this task force.
As a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), Ainbinder remains current in the field both as a professor viewing academic issues and as a clinician. It is through APA that she is a member of the committee writing the guidelines for prevention work for all psychologists and members of APA. This is a multi-disciplinary effort spearheaded by the Prevention Section of the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of APA) of which she is an active member. In addition, she holds the position of editor of the section' publication, "Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training."
Ainbinder has been an active professional in the field of counseling since 1985. Her work has included agency work and a private practice. She has counseling across the lifespan continuum working with children through individuals in late adulthood. Her most recent clinical work includes: Clinical Supervisor, Lynn University Group Facilitator, Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force Support Group and Group Facilitator, Boca Pointe Moving Forward Discussion Group.
B.S., University of Florida
M.S., Nova University
Ph.D., Barry University
Debra Ainbinder's academic work mirrors her clinical work in that she believes in finding the strengths and competencies of her students and allowing these to foster a desire to learn and to seek personal growth. She sees her classroom as the fertile ground the students need to gain knowledge and the necessary skills to blossom into lifelong learners and future professionals. As a proponent of the scientist/practitioner model of the American Psychological Association, Ainbinder teaches and encourages this model in her classes. She is as comfortable teaching a research methods course as an applied counseling course. At Lynn, she has taught and mentored students in more than 20 different courses. She teaches in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs in Psychology. Recently, Ainbinder's focus has been on preparing undergraduates and graduates for professional practice after their academic experience. This has involved teaching the undergraduate internship courses and the graduate practicum and internship courses as well as providing clinical supervision and site visits for both programs.
Areas of Scholarship:
- Counseling psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Counselor education
Awards and Honors:
- Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC) (2008)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC GA: LPC005046)
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) (2007)
- Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) (2007)
- Certified Stepfamily Counselor Certification from Stepfamily Foundation, Inc., New York, NY (2006)