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  • About Me

    Dr. French is an award winning licensed counseling psychologist. She provides psychotherapy, education, consultation, and research on intersecting identities and systems of oppression. Her passion is to enhance the well being of People and Communities of Color. She specializes in racial and sexual trauma and recovery, specifically among people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color.

    Dr. French’s recent first authored article, “Toward a psychological framework for radical healing in Communities of Color” published in The Counseling Psychologist (2020) is ranked in the top 5% on Altmetrics publication data with over 30,000 views and downloads in the first two years. Her research on men’s sexual victimization has been featured in several news outlets including Time, US News, and Huffington Post.

    Dr. French has been sought out for her expertise in multicultural and social justice education. She offers education for psychology trainees and professionals, and she provides intersectional consultation for universities and nonprofit organizations across the country.

    Dr. French has held multiple leadership roles in the American Psychological Association (APA) including currently serving on the APA Council of Representative’s Council Leadership Team. Her work has been recognized with awards throughout her career, including the APA Minority Fellowship Program, APA Divisions 17, 35, and 45, and the Minnesota Psychological Association.

    Dr. French’s features Sankofa, a word and symbol from the Ghanaian people to reference going back to one’s roots in order to inform the future. She embodies this wisdom in her psychological practice, teaching, research, and advocacy.

    My Education & Experience


    Doctor of Philosophy in APA-Accredited Counseling Psychology Program, August 2010, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Dissertation Title: Naming is Power! Black and White Adolescents Define Sexual Coercion: A Mixed-Method Analysis

    Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, December 2006, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2003, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, Magna cum Laude

    Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, May 2001, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN 


    University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Associate Professor with Tenure, Present

    University of Missouri at Columbia, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology; Black Studies, 2010 – 2014

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of the Administrator, APA Minority Fellowship Program Public Policy Intern, 2010

    Counseling Center, University of Maryland, 2009–2010, APA Accredited Predoctoral Psychology Intern

    Recent Awards

    National Multicultural Conference and Summit.

    2022 Shining Star Award

    The Counseling Psychologist 2021

    Outstanding Paper Award

    Minnesota Psychological Association 

    2020 Outstanding Early Career Professional Award


    2022 John M. Taborn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a Person of African Descent

    University of St. Thomas

    Faculty Leadership Fellow


    Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion