Dennis Broadbent

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Dennis Elton Broadbent, Ph.D., (born 1945) is a full-time practicing psychologist, director, consultant, researcher and lecturer with 40-years experience, and strong involvement in academic, clinical and therapeutic eclecticism among interrelated disciplines. Dr. Broadbent has engaged in a great variety of local, national, and international endeavors. In 1974, he married Helen McRae and they have five children. As an active voice for the family, he specializes in a comprehensive family and systems approach to counseling and the treatment of developmental childhood trauma in adult psychopathology.

Professional training[edit]

Dr. Broadbent graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, earned his masters as a University Fellow at Florida State University in Developmental and Educational Psychology in 1973, and his doctorate summa cum laude in 1979 with a triple major in clinical diagnosis and treatment, behavior analysis and therapy with a child/family emphasis, and developmental and educational psychology, with an extended minor in marriage and family counseling, and specializing in the treatment of complex, multiple, and severe emotional problems.

Dr. Broadbent also received medical training in the United States Army from 1967–1971, with extensive emergency room and preventive medicine experience, and served as a medical instructor at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.

Major post-doctoral training has included specialization in affective disorders and cognitive and rational-emotive methodologies; substance abuse, and endogenous and exogenous forms of addictions; sex-abuse, and aberrant sexual problems; forensics and clinical psychopathology and epidemiology; comprehensive family and systems dynamics in clinical treatment methods; values education; psychobiology and psychoneuroimmunologyof psychosomatic, emotional, and addictive disorders; and the applications and convergence of epigenetic and childhood traumagenic] environments, experiences, and learning processes involved in individual and family psychopathology.


As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Broadbent is board certified in Integrative Medicine (AAIM), has a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology[1], a Diplomate in Mental Health (AAIM), is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners International, and a Life Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). He is also a member of the American Psychological Association and [The National Council on Family Relations]and has been involved and recognized in a number of international settings as well[2].

Professional experience[edit]

The Family Resource Center[edit]

Designed for the development of comprehensive counseling, research, and charitable facilities providing supervision, consultation, and community services. The organizations associated with The Family Resource Center include:

Psychological and Family Health Associates[edit]

Private, comprehensive treatment centers for individual, family, and marriage disorders, with locations throughout the Phoenix, AZ metro area. Dr. Broadbent has served as Executive Director for 31 of his 40 years of professional experience.

Southwest Institute for Behavioral Studies[edit]

Private research foundation providing contemporary research information, public service resources, materials and information on topics of current public interest. Serving as Director and Senior Consultant, Dr. Broadbent has engaged in major efforts or presentations with the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality[6]; the Arizona Conference on Pornography[7]; the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Organized Crime Division[8]; Arizona Department of Education Values Education Task Force[9]; the Arizona State Legislature[10]; the national organization, Citizens for Decency Through Law[11]; and the Federal Communications Commission hearings on Dial-a-Porn[12]. This organization also publishes the periodic newsletterPsychological and Family Health Notes.

Family Resource Center Charities (FRCC)[edit]

A private, not-for-profit, clinic-based center for charitable community and government-based activities, providing assistance and programs on a local, national, and international level. Dr. Broadbent and the FRCC have been involved in a variety of projects, including the production of the nationally syndicated public affairs weekly radio program Today's Family and Society[13] (with the assistance of the World Congress of Families and co-sponsored by the World Family Policy Center)[14]); providing pro bono medical and resettlement services for Bosnian children and their families who were victims of the Bosnian conflict (in conjunction with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the International Organization for Migration); arranging for the adoption of Romanian orphan children (with assistance and support from LDS Family Services and the Finnish Consulate); and participating in several projects for Mexican orphan children.

Academic endeavors[edit]

Dr. Broadbent has provided academic instruction at Florida State University, [Valdosta State University][15] and Glendale(AZ)Community College[16] in undergraduate as well as graduate levels[17].

Other experience[edit]

In addition, Dr. Broadbent served on the Florida State Committee for the establishment of sexual guidelines for young sex offenders[18]; served as a clinical therapist and consultant with Psycho-Educational Consultants from 1972-1976 (Tallahassee, Florida); filled the position as the program and training psychologist for the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida[19]; was a director of medical treatment(Vungtau, Vietnam)and the NCOIC of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Fitzsimons Army Medical Center)while in the U.S. Army; and was President and Executive Director of the multi-treatment facility, Family Development Resources, from 1980–1983[20].

Within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church)[edit]

While in the military, Dr. Broadbent was a principal developer and original chairman of a pilot program for what is now the current Young Single Adult Program for the LDS Church. More recently, he served as a primary consultant in the development of the new LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery 12-step Family Support Guide. Focusing on the reconciliation of clinical theory, research, and counseling with Church orthodoxy and principles, he has served as an ongoing resource in generating summary treatises and presentations on pivotal emotional, psychological, and family topics for use be academic, clinical and Church leaders and other interested parties. Dr. Broadbent was an LDS missionary from 1964-1967 in Zurich, Switzerland and Florence, Italy.