Antioch University PhD in Leadership and Change Announces New Healthcare Focus

Ph.D. in Leadership and Change

Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program (PhDLC), a nationally recognized outcomes-based doctoral program, will now offer two distinct pathways towards the degree—a continuation of its highly successful interdisciplinary curriculum in the art and science of leading change with cross-professional cohorts and a new pathway specifically designed for those leading change in the healthcare field. The program will be enrolling students for its newly created PhD in Leadership and Change for Healthcare, with its first cohort starting in July 2015. With the same unique low-residency model, students can still live and work anywhere, coming together for three face-to-face residencies a year with significant virtual learning opportunities between the gatherings.

The new concentration offers an opportunity for those in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare organizations and a range of healthcare professions to engage in meaningful study and applied research that impacts and improves their practice. Aligned with Antioch University’s mission to further social, economic and environmental justice, and consistent with the program’s decade-long success in educating scholar-practitioners, students in the healthcare concentration will address topics such as relationship-centered care, community access, education and advocacy, socially responsible and ethical decision making, and leadership for navigating ongoing changes in healthcare environments. Healthcare leaders will be able to choose which of the program’s two pathways better suits both their style as a learner and their interest as a practitioner.

“Healthcare systems in the US and globally are in the midst of cataclysmic changes.  Current approaches to financing, delivery, service and organization are facing innumerable challenges,” said Dr. Laurien Alexandre, director of the PhDLC.  “Many healthcare professionals are daunted by the tasks ahead while millions face the stark reality of lack of access and/or insufficient care. Based on these challenges, the PhDLC recognizes the importance of bringing our socially engaged mission, distinctive pedagogy and unique delivery to those that are leading change within the rapidly evolving healthcare field.” She added, “Students in the healthcare concentration will immerse themselves in the program’s interdisciplinary breadth on the research and practice of leading change and apply it to the healthcare field within the context of a cohort learning community of other healthcare leaders.”

The PhDLC for Healthcare will:

  •  Highlight the theory, research and practice of leading change rather than the management of human and financial resources that is prevalent within traditional doctorates in healthcare administration.
  •  Offer an integrated curriculum in which learners move seamlessly between face-to-face and virtual activities, and between peer team-based learning and individualized self-paced progress.
  •  Emphasize research approaches that are both traditionally accepted and those that are challenging to the field as we take to heart that “evidence-based” is grounded in both quantitative and qualitative ways of knowing.
  • Focus on the expertise of students and integrate their professional experiences into the ongoing curriculum.
  • Hold an international residency to examine and learn from healthcare delivery systems in other countries.
  • Engage learners with an experienced team of senior-level full-time leadership and change professors coupled with field-based affiliate faculty from the healthcare sector.
  • Bring healthcare ‘change agents’ together three times a year for 3-day residencies, primarily held at the Ohio-based location of Antioch University.

More information regarding the program as it becomes available will be announced on the PHDLC website at


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Susan M. Quigley, PsyD and Elaine F. Campbell, PsyD, both graduated from Antioch New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 1999. They supported each other through their studies and collaborated on their doctoral dissertations. Over the years they’ve maintained a professional exchange and friendship that is a testament to its beginnings at Antioch.

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