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Brenda Freshman

Brenda Freshman is a professor in the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration, and Internship Coordinator.  She has been a full-time faculty member in the Department since Fall 2007. From 1996-2006, Dr. Freshman served as a faculty member at the UCLA School of Public Health, training health care professionals in both managerial and leadership competencies.  

Dr. Freshman's research and practice interests concentrate on emotional intelligence, collaboration across disciplines, workforce development for an aging population, cultural competency, and how thoughts and emotions influence behavior, meaning, productivity, and legacy. She is a sought-after speaker and has been facilitating workshops on self-development and leadership skills since 1993. 


  • BS in Psychology from UCLA
  • MA in Applied Psychology at University of Santa Monica
  • MS and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology

Research Interests

  • Collaboration across disciplines
  • Workforce development for an aging population
  • The impact of ethics training
  • How thoughts and emotions influence behavior, productivity, and quality of life

Courses Taught

  • HCA 312 Health Personnel Management
  • HCA 410 Health Management and Organization
  • HCA 480 Internship in Health Care Administration
  • HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care
  • HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care
  • HCA 590 Special Topics       


  1. Martins, J. Isourard, G. & Freshman, B. (2019). "The Human Dimension of Health Service Management." Australian Health Review.
  2. Freshman B, & Yao A. (2017) Assessing the Knowledge, Perceptions and Practices in Advance Care Planning: A Comparison between American and Japanese Physicians. Hospice and Palliative Medicine International Journal (2)
  3. Augustin, F. and Freshman B.L. (2015) “The Effects of Service-Learning on College Students' Attitudes Toward Older Adults.” Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.
  4. Molinari, C., Freshman, B. & Yunzi Tan, R. (2015) “Mindful awareness training in on-line and face to face learning environments: a comparative analysis.” Journal of Health Administration Education.
  5. Freshman, B.L, O'Lawrence, H., & Montion, E (2014). "Workforce Development to Take Care of an Aging Population." Workforce Education Forum, 37(1), pp. 61-86.
  6. Nguyen, H.D., Smith, C., Reynolds, G.L. & Freshman, B. (2014) "The Effect of Acculturation on Obesity Among Foreign-Born Asians Residing in the United States." Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Vol. 16 (2). pp. 1-11. DOI 10.1007/s10903-014- 0027-6.
  7. Freshman B. & Molinari, C. (2013) "Mindful Meditation for Online Learning, Lighting the fire by dimming the lights: Helping college students relax and focus to prepare for online learning." Policy Studies. pp. 1-27.
  8. Helton, J.R & Freshman, B.L. (2012) "Does Serving the Poor Reduce Hospital Quality? An Assessment of Cross-Sectional Data - 2006-2009." American Journal of Management 12 (2/3). pp. 40-49.
  9. Freshman, B. & Underhill, B. (2012) "Developing Healthcare Leaders," in New Leadership for Today’s Healthcare Professionals: Concepts and Cases. Rubino L, and Esparza,S. (Eds) Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  10. Almaden, S., Freshman B, & Quaye, B. (2011). "Case Management Redesign in an Urban Facility." Professional Case Management Journal. Vol. 6, (4). pp. 199-209
  11. Reynolds, G. L. & Freshman, B. (2011). Technology Integration and Graduate Management Education in Health Care Administration: A Review of Competency Models, Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training.
  12. Freshman, B., Rubino, L. and Chassaikos, L. Reid, (2008) “Collaborative Learning via Health Administration Externships, Academic Exchange Quarterly Spring 08 special issue, “Interdisciplinary Pedagogy to Foster Health Initiatives”
  13. Freshman, B. and Rubino, L., (2005) “Developing Entrepreneurial Competencies in the Health Administration Undergraduate Classroom,” in the Journal of Health Administration Education’s Symposium Edition. 22 (4), p. 399-416.
  14. Freshman, B., and Rubino, L., (2004) “Emotional Intelligence Skills for Maintaining Social Networks in Healthcare Organizations.” Hospital Topics, 82 (3), p.2-9.
  15. Freshman, B & Rubino, L. (2002) Emotional Intelligence a Core Competency for Health Care Administrators, The Health Care Manager, 20 (4), p1-9.
  16. Freshman, B., Ph.D., Rubino, L., Ph.D., FACHE & Wei, D., Ph.D. (2001). Emotional Intelligence and its Application to Hospital Administration, Chinese Hospitals Part Two, 5 (8), p51-p57.