Dr. Rand earned her doctorate in Counseling and Family Psychology, with a Minor in Special Populations, from Texas Woman's University in 2003. She is well-versed in providing services to individuals and families cross-culturally and across the life-span.
In graduate school, Dr. Rand was elected to membership in The Texas Woman's University's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. To earn this distinction, faculty members must make the recommendation. The Society recognizes academic excellence of its outstanding student citizens. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. It is a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy of scholarship excellence for future generations.
Dr. Rand has always been an active member of her community and an advocate of positive social change. In Texas, where her career as a psychologist began, she conducted her dissertation research on domestic violence. She then served as a member of the Executive Board of the Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation, dedicated to changing public attitudes and policies which condone violent behavior.
During recent years, she began working with elder family members residing in their own home or in senior living communities, first in Texas and then in Arizona. In Spring of 2009, she transferred to Arizona for an opportunity to serve as the consulting psychologist at a long-term care facility for seniors in Phoenix. She counseled with persons typically over the age of 50 with rehabilitative concerns, special issues related to aging, and/or dementia-related problems using a person-centered approach to assessment and therapy.
In the last several years, Dr. Rand began to realize that the practice of psychology was insufficient to meet the needs that face our communities in an increasingly political, violent, and unforgiving world. Recidivism rates for problems such as domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and family estrangement have only increased. What is more, the practice of psychology has been insufficient in dealing with the evils of the world.
So many people have very little understanding and no insight regarding the evils of the world, such as school mass shootings, human trafficking, use of pornography, and the proliferation of dangerous drugs deliberately produced to harm and kill our children. With little understanding and insight, many find themselves engaging in these sinful behaviors while others find themselves suffering alone as a result of these evils. With these realizations, Dr. Rand sought Biblical counseling to understand the ills occurring in her own life. She learned that only our God is equipped to help her deal with the atrocities happening in her life and in the lives of those around her. These atrocities are perpetuated by human beings who have lost their way and turned away from God in various ways, inviting sin into their lives. She discovered that only by turning toward our Lord and obeying Him can we defeat the evil ways of Satan. In 2022, she began to dedicate her professional life to Biblical counseling in order to bring more sufferers and sinners to Jesus as our only hope. She was baptized by immersion recently, in obedience to God.