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Rodney Luster, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Rodney Luster has been with the University since 2012. Rodney Luster is the Senior Director of Research Strategy, Innovation, and Development for the Research Center Enterprise (RSE) within the College of Doctoral Studies. In this role Dr. Luster helps lead innovation in research, as well as connecting the pragmatics of research to industry. A major part of this role is communicating out the research potentials inside the RSE.

In addition, he also oversees the Committee on Research, is Chair for the Center of Leadership Studies and Organizational Research, and is Lead Designer for the research periodical called Phoenix Scholar.

Rodney works with some of the big industry players connecting research in innovative ways. Some of these key players have been Bosch Information Systems, IBM, Dow, Mitre, Fullbright, Mayo Clinic, Corcoran Foundation for Literacy and others.

A frequent contributor to Psychology Today magazine, Rodney also maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas as a psychotherapist, and can be found under his LLC business known as inspirethought, where he is also publishing his first ebook on depression.

As a specialist in the study of trauma, Rodney was one of the first researchers to investigate vicarious trauma in the general populace which was the subject of his dissertation. Within this, a sub specialty in forensic counseling emerged and Dr. Luster maintains many courses in psychopathology, including specialty coursework in terrorism, and abnormal psychology. He has served in higher education for 20-plus years leading and teaching in both traditional and non traditional environments, and has also served in tandem an 8-year term with the Higher Learning Commission as a reviewer.

Dr. Luster has attended Our Lady of the Lake, Capella and did his internship at Johns Hopkins as part of his educational mosaic. In the moments between his roles he enjoys art, music, writing and composing songs and staying fit.

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Rodney Luster, Ph.D., LPC
University Research Chair
Center of Leadership Studies and Organizational Research