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Fran Brown, PsyD

Frances Brown, PsyD
Program Director, MA & PsyD Programs

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 126
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Brown received her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from MiSPP and is also an alumna of MiSPP’s master’s program. In addition, she received a B.S. in administration from Central Michigan University. As a former executive in Michigan’s largest insurance corporation, Dr. Brown brings to MiSPP’s MA and PsyD programs an extensive knowledge of health care delivery and business practices. Before becoming Program Director, she served as MiSPP’s Director of Clinical Training for a number of years. Dr. Brown has worked in private practice, in a large, hospital-owned outpatient clinic and at a small, community-based organization. Her areas of special interest include writing and communication, working with the LGBTQ population, and the implications of parentification in children and adults. Dr. Brown is an active community volunteer and has received awards for her clinical excellence, academic writing, and diversity efforts.


  • PsyD in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, Michigan School of Professional Psychology
  • MA in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology, Michigan School of Professional Psychology
  • BA in Administration, Central Michigan University


  • Michigan Fully Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sexual Minority Identity Development
  • LGB-Parented Families
  • Parentification
  • Career/Workplace Issues
  • Women’s Psychology
  • Heuristic Qualitative Research Model

Select Presentations

Brown, F. (2018). Keynote speaker: Coming Out in Stages: A Developmental Approach to LGBTQ Identity. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Grosse Pointe, MI.

Brown, F. (2017) Poster presentation: A Qualitative Study Utilizing the Heuristic Research Model, Qualitative Pluralism Event, Middlesex University, London, England.

Brown, F. (2017) Panelist: Outside the House documentary screening and community conversation on Black mental health matters, Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.

Brown, F. (2016). Panelist: Ride the Tiger, documentary screening and community conversation on Bi-polar Disorder, Detroit Public Television, Wixom, MI.

Brown, F. (2013). Poster presentation: The parentified psychotherapist’s experience of the psychotherapeutic process. National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, Nassau, Bahamas.

Brown, F., Damino, C., Law, N. (2013). Continuing education facilitator: Coping in a Society Divided: Counseling LGBT Parents & their children. Affirmations Community Center. Ferndale, MI.


Sawyer, K. N., Brown, F., Christensen, R., Damino, C., Newman, M. M., & Kurz, M. C. (2016). Surviving sudden cardiac arrest: A pilot qualitative study of survivors. Journal of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, 6(2), 76-84. doi:10.1089/ther.2015.0031.

Scott, M., Brown, F., Marshall, K., Judd, E., Braboy, L., & Jahveri-Mehta, S. (2012). Women psychologists: Multiple paths similar yet distinct identities. Journal of Humanistic Society, 52(3), 279-303. doi:10.1177/0022167811420298

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Issues)
  • Delegate, National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology


  • Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

The therapeutic relationship, based upon a philosophy of unconditional positive regard, is key to the healing process.

  • What advice would you give a student entering the Michigan School?

Approach your academic experience with openness and a willingness to self-reflect; expect personal growth and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.