Brandon R. Browning, Ph.D.
Office Hours

​UCOM 3812
M 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00-4:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
Ph: (251) 380-2870
Fax: (251) 380-2713
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Brandon R. Browning, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Professional Studies
Academic Area: Clinical Mental Health and Counseling

B.B.A., Business Management, Idaho State University, 1998
M.Coun., Student Affairs and College Counseling, Idaho State University, 2003
Ph.D., Counselor Education, Auburn University, 2012
Teaching Philosophy

I am both teacher and student. It is thrilling to engage students in efforts to find answers to the tough and worthwhile questions that confront professional counselors. My responsibility is to tap and guide the inherent curiosity and motivation of my students to find answers to the critical questions of how to help clients move from where they are to a better place. I do this by helping students identify the questions, help them navigate scholarly, personal, and environmental resources such that they can apply their answers in courageous ways. My classroom is an active place wherein students move quickly from learning basic concepts to deeper analysis, and mastery of application. I want students to leave my class, and this program, feeling confident in knowing they have learned how to access and process the best sources of critically important information, and how to apply such knowledge in the helping process in such ways that they help their clients change and grow in meaningful ways. "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."

I get really excited about research that has to do with prevention, wellness and spirituality. My primary research efforts focus on such topics as gratitude, hope, forgiveness, posttraumatic growth, and counselor development. Presently, I am directly involved in research efforts aimed at addressing the most empirically sound and clinically effective ways that counselors can make positive contributions to community-based efforts to impact major health epidemics sweeping our nation, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. I see counselors as having much to offer in these critically important areas of health. We need to assist in the often cumbersome process of getting counselors connected with people and systems in a timely manner, much before symptoms and needs become chronic.
I am involved with a project aimed at student retention in Higher Education. I also volunteer my time with the BroCode workshops at USA. These are aimed at reducing sexual assault by raising awareness and educating college students on how as a bystander they can intervene on the behalf of others. My students and I are also involve in a exploring how counseling students can assist in addressing mental health issues among the homeless population in the Mobile Alabama area.

I am new to the South but my roots are growing quickly. I first came to Alabama for my Doctoral studies at Auburn University in 2008 (please don’t hold that against me Alabama fans). I can clearly remember my surprise as I stood on top of a parking deck talking to my wife in late February and saying “I could see us here.” Although I still have the cool crisp air of Idaho winters running through my veins, the beautiful, pleasant winters of the South have quickly developed within me a new appreciation for year-round flowers, green lawns and spaces, and beautiful beaches. I may even be losing some of my accent. You will have to let me know.

I am married with four beautiful and busy children. They bring great purpose and meaning to my life. We enjoy lots of laughs, frequent but low key conflicts, and have built many great memories. My wife and I are very involved in our congregation and have enjoyed the way in which it has helped us get to know and love beautiful people from all walks of life here in the Mobile area. We have developed a new, and deep, appreciation for just how hospitable the people here can be.

I find rejuvenation in creating and building things. I often come up with new inventions only to realize that someone beat me to it. I hate that! However, I also like to re-purpose things when I build, which conveniently fits the budget of a new faculty member in higher education.




CED 590 - Health and Wellness Counseling

CED 574 - Group Counseling & Group Guidance Procedures

CED 567 - Couples Counseling & Human Sexuality 

CED 576 - Supervised Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CED 597 - Supervised Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CED 592 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling