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Bryana French

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • PhD, University of Illinois
  • Expertise
  • Multicultural counseling development

    Social justice advocacy

    Sexual violence recovery

    Radical healing for Black, Indigenous, People of Color

    Intersectionality of race/racism and gender/sexism

Dr. French joined the University of St. Thomas in 2014. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois’ Counseling Psychology program in 2010 and pre-doctoral internship was at the APA Accredited University of Maryland Counseling Center. She currently teaches MA and PsyD level courses in Diversity Issues, Basic Skills, Dissertation Methods and Writing, and Theories of Career Development. Her practice interests focus on multicultural counseling, social justice advocacy, and sexual violence recovery.

Dr. French’s primary research interests focus on sexual coercion and associated psychosocial outcomes among racially diverse young men and women. She has also conducted research on faith-based teen dating violence prevention and alternative educational programming for suspended youth. Her current research projects focus on radical healing for people of color and indigenous people, part of the APA Division 2018 45 presidential initiative. She holds leadership positions in APA including currently serving on the Council of Representatives for Division 17.


(*indicates student coauthors)

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://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/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. (2019). Toward a psychological framework of radical healing in communities of color. The Counseling Psychologist. 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 & Masculinity. Advance online publication. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-17971-001?doi=1

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 ofCoerced 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 Masculinity,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

French, B.H. (2013). More than jezebels and freaks: Exploring how Black girls navigate sexual coercion and sexual scripts. Journal of African American Studies,17,35-50. doi: 10.1007/s12111-012-9218-1
French, B. H., *Lewis, J. A., & Neville, H. A. (2013). Naming and Reclaiming: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Black Girls' and Women's Resistance Strategies. Journal of African American Studies,17,1-6. doi: 10.1007/s12111-012-9215-4

French, B. H. & Neville, H. A. (2013). Sexual coercion sequelae among Black and White teenagers: Sexual stereotypes and psycho-behavioral correlates. The Counseling Psychologist, 41,1185-1211. doi: 10.1177/0011000012461379

Elion A. A., Wang, K. T., Slaney, R. B. & French, B. H. (2012). Perfectionism in African American Students: Relationship to Racial Identity, GPA, Self-Esteem and Depression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,18, 118-127. doi: 10.1037/a0026491

French, B. H. & Neville, H. A. (2008). Black teenage girls’ experiences with sexual coercion: Context, coping, and consequences. Black Women, Gender, & Families, 2,77-98.

Buki, L. P.; Garces, M. D.; Hinestrosa, M. C.; Kogan, L.; Carrillo, I. Y.; & French, B. H. (2008). Diagnosis, treatment and beyond: Latina women’s psychological adjustment to breast cancer. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,14,163-167. doi: 10.1037/1099-9809.14.2.163


French, B. H., Suh, H. N., & Arterberry, B. (2019). Revised sexual coercion inventory. In T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber, R. Milhausen, & J. Sakaluk (Eds), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4thed). (pp. 175-178). Routledge.

Cavalieri, C. E., French, B. H., & Renninger, S. M. (2018 in Press). Building working alliances with Students. In S. D. Brookfield (Ed.) Teaching Race: Helping Students Unmask and Challenge Racism. Josey- Bass

French, B. H. (2017). Sexual coercion. Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

French, B.H. (2015). College Women, Sexual Violence, and HIV/STI Prevention. In L. Wilton, R. T. Palmer, & D. C. Maramba (Eds). Understanding HIV and STI Prevention for College Students. Routledge: New York, NY. doi: 10.4324/9781315884387


Minnesota Psychological Association Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award,2020

University of Missouri College of Education Graduate Instructor of the Year,2014

APA Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology Leadership Academy,2013

APA Division 45 2010 A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert Distinguished Student Service Award,2010

Champaign Area Psychological Association’s Arnie Miller Achievement Award,2008

APA Division 35 Section 1: Psychology of Black Women Graduate Student Research Award,2007

APA Minority Fellowship Program’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Award,2004-2007