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Steven Rude, PhD

School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Basic Sciences

Current Roles

Steven Rude, PhD, is a core faculty member in the Department of Basic Sciences at Bastyr University.


  • PhD in Neuroscience, Dept. of Physiology, Northwestern University, 1996
  • BA in Human Biology, University of Kansas, 1984

Classes Taught

Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, Special Topics

Past Experience

Dr. Rude has held postdoctoral positions at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, and the University of Washington Primate Center in Seattle studying visual-vestibular sensorimotor integration and ocular motor adaptation. He has worked with Seattle Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology, and has enjoyed teaching general science and Allied Health classes at various community colleges and universities around Seattle.


Professional interests include Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and monitoring eye movements associated with different physical and mental states. Personal interests include commuting to work by kayak or bike, and spending time with family.


Dr. Rude believes in approaching all problems with a beginner’s mind, maintaining non-judgment. He often advises students to notice their breathing, and offers the acronym ROAR as a way to approach their challenging lives: Relax, Observe, Accept, and Respond appropriately. 

Steven Rude, PhD
Steven Rude, PhD