APA Council Representative Bio

Bryana H. French, Ph.D., L.P.
Pronouns: She/Her 
Term: 2018-2021

Bryana H. French, Ph.D., L.P., is an Associate Professor in the Morrison Family College of Health at the University of St. Thomas. 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, “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’s training interests focus on multicultural counseling development and social justice pedagogy. She has a coauthored chapter in Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism, edited by Stephen Brookfield and provides intersectional education and consultation for universities and nonprofit organizations across the country. Dr. French has held multiple leadership roles in the American Psychological Association (APA) and will soon end her term as APA Council Representative for Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology and transition into Member-at-Large for the APA Council Leadership Team. She is a member of the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective which now has a standing blog on Psychology Today. Dr. French’s 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.