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Bryana French

Associate Chair

  • Education
  • PhD, University of Illinois

    MA, University of Illinois

    BA, Hamline University

  • Research Interests
  • Healing from Racial and Sexual Trauma

    Multicultural & Liberation Psychology

Dr. French joined the University of St. Thomas in 2014. She graduated from the University of Illinois' Counseling Psychology PhD program and completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling and Psychological Services Center. From there, she worked as an APA MFP Policy Fellow for SAMHSA and began her teaching career at the University of Missouri before moving back to her hometown, Minneapolis.

Her research, teaching, and community engagement focuses on racial and sexual trauma and recovery, specifically among Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Her recent first authored article from the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective, "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 and her research on men's sexual victimization has been featured in several news outlets including Time, US News, and Huffington Post.

Her training interests focus on multicultural liberatory counseling development and social justice pedagogy. She also has a private practice, offering psychotherapy for adults, specializing in racial and sexual trauma recovery. Dr. French has held multiple leadership roles in APA and she has been recognized with awards throughout her career, including the APA Minority Fellowship Program, APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, APA Divisions 17, 35, and 45, the Minnesota Psychological Association, and the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

(*indicates student coauthors)

French, B. H., Neville, H. A., Lewis, J. A., Mosley, D. V., Adames, H. Y., & Chavez-Dueñas, N. Y. (2023,  May 11). “We can create a better world for ourselves”: Radical hope in communities of color. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000670

Adames, H.Y., Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y., Lewis, J.A., Neville, H.A., French, B.H., Chen, G.A., & Mosley, D.V.  (2022, March 10). Radical healing in psychotherapy: Addressing the wounds of racism-related stress and trauma. Psychotherapy. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000435

Mosley, D. V., Neville, H. A., Chaves-Dueñas, N. Y., Adames, H. Y., Lewis, J. A., & French, B. H. (2020).   Radical hope in revolting times: Proposing a culturally relevant psychological framework. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14, https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12512 

French, B. H., Lewis, J. A., Mosley, D. V., Adames, H. Y., Chavez-Dueñas, N. Y., Chen, G. A., Neville, H.  A. (2020). Toward a psychological framework of radical healing in communities of color. The Counseling Psychologist, 48, 6-13. doi: 10.1177/0011000019843506 

Bloom, T. L., Captari, L. E., French, B. H., Hook, J. N., & Ryan, K. (2018). Planting the TREE: A faith- based program for teen dating violence prevention. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5, 212-217.

French, B. H., Teti, M., Suh, H. N., & *Serafin, M. R. (2018). A path analysis of racially diverse men’s sexual  victimization, risk-taking, and attitudes. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 20, 1-11.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000159 

French, B. H., *Suh, H., & Arterberry, B. J. (2017). Exploratory factor analysis and  psychometric properties of the sexual coercion inventory. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 962-970. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1235129

Teti, M., French, B. H., Schneider, C., Farnan, R., & Binson, D. (2016). Portraits of well- being: Exploring photovoice and mental health among women with HIV. Journal of Creativity and Mental Health, 12, 48-61. doi:10.1080/15401383.2016.1206493

French, B. H. & Neville, H. A. (2016). What Is Nonconsensual Sex? Young Women Identify Sources of  Coerced Sex. Violence Against Women, 1-27. doi: 10.1177/1077801216641517

Teti, M., French, B. H., Bonney, L., & Lightfoot, M. (2015). "I created something new with  something that had died": Photo-narratives of positive transformation among women with HIV. Aids and Behavior, 19, 1275-128. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1000-7

French, B. H., *Tilghman, J. D., *Malebranche, D. A. (2015). Sexual coercion context and psychosocial correlates among diverse males. Psychology of Men and Masculinities, 16, 42-53. doi: 10.1037/a0035915

French, B. H., *Bi, Y., *Latimore, T. G., *Klemp, H. R., & *Butler, E. E. (2014). Sexual Victimization Using  Latent Class Analysis: Exploring Patterns and Psycho-Behavioral Correlates. Journal  of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 1111-1131. doi: 10.1177/0886260513506052

APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, Fellow 2022-2023

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

Shining Star Award, National Multicultural Conference and Summit, 2022

2021 TCP Outstanding Paper Award, The Counseling Psychologist, official journal of the Society of Counseling Psychology

Minnesota Psychological Association Outstanding Early Career Professional Award, 2020