All it takes is a moment — simply watch Dr. David Rosenberg walk across campus, notice how often he's stopped by a variety of students, observe how he interacts with them all personally, sincerely … obviously interested in their concerns. That's all it takes to know that Rosenberg is a born teacher.
A natural teacher who was born, interestingly enough, in Mexico City. "On occasion I'll speak Spanish with my mother," he says, "but I don't have a strong command of the language so I don't feel like I'm truly bilingual. I was also raised in northern Virginia."
Rosenberg was teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University when he saw an opening at Averett, seeking a psychologist with clinical experience, someone to focus on the applied (not experimental) side of psychology. He visited, got the job and has no intention of leaving.
"Honestly, I knew I wanted to be in a place that valued teaching, not where the professor's entire life centers around research," he says. Licensed as clinical psychologist in 1996, he feels strongly that his private practice (he holds a quarter-time position with a counseling services group) keeps him current: "When I teach abnormal psychology, for instance, I'm able to use real issues, real [anonymous] case studies. It makes a big difference."
Rosenberg is a tireless health and wellness advocate; a nonstop teacher. He is a certified T'ai Chi Fundamentals instructor, a certified Reiki (Japanese Relaxation Therapy) master instructor, an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner (integrating energy medicine with other practices, including psychotherapy) and a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, just to mention a few.
"It's all about wellness," he says. "Psychology in the 21st century continues to evolve as a health profession, and my passions are health and teaching. The goal, of course, is to combine those every day with as many students as possible. If one twenty-something person gets it — that is, understands the relationships among therapies, energy, spirituality, intuition, physical and emotional health— you see the awareness of healing revealed in their eyes. That's fantastic. That's huge."
Doctor of Philosophy, counseling psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University