Wayne Briner, PhD

Wayne Briner, PhD

College of Health, Human Services, and Science

Dr. Wayne Briner is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. He earned a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Physiological Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Sangamon State University. Dr. Briner has spent two decades working in higher education. Prior to that, he was employed as a critical care and emergency room nurse. He partly credits his health care background for developing his teaching philosophy, saying, “That’s probably why I am such a big believer in the application of knowledge. It does no good if what you learn in a class just sits there taking up space. I make every attempt to illustrate the ways information can be applied to real life problem solving.” Dr. Briner adds that he thinks students should treat their entire college experience as if it were a real career. He says, “Put in regular hours, work ahead when you can, be organized, don’t waste time, and build good relationships with your professors and other students. College is an investment. If you treat it as one, it will reward you well.” Dr. Briner was born, raised, and educated in Illinois before spending time in New Orleans and Los Angeles. He now lives in an old church in Aurora, NE with his wife Carolyn and their two cats. He has two adult children, Alex and Teal.