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Frances Brown, PsyD
Director of Clinical Training

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 126
E-mail: fbrown@mispp.edu

Dr. Brown has served as Director of Clinical Training since 2009 and has responsibility for student placement in practicum and internship sites, monitoring site quality, developing clinical training course syllabi and didactic training curriculums, gathering outcome data and supervising doctoral students. Dr. Brown is also co-director of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology Internship Consortium, a member of MiSPP’s Core Faculty and Executive Council, and a dissertation chair/committee member. She received her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from MiSPP and is also an alumna of MiSPP’s master’s program. As a former executive in Michigan’s largest insurance corporation, Dr. Brown brings to MiSPP’s training program extensive knowledge of health care delivery and business practices. Her goal is to facilitate student clinical advancement through quality training experiences that meet best practices criteria. Dr. Brown has worked in private practice, in a large, hospital-owned outpatient clinic and at a small, community-based organization; she currently maintains a diverse private psychology practice in Clinton Township. Dr. Brown’s areas of 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., Damino, C., Law, N., Muenck, E., Sakowski, S. (2012). The psychotherapy needs of LGBT-parented families. Panel presentation at Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Brown, F. (2011). The parentified  psychotherapist’s experience of the psychotherapeutic process. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 29, Psychotherapy, Washington, DC.

Brown, F. (2011). The psychological implications of bullying. Testimony to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Anti-Bullying Forum, Detroit, MI.

Brown, F. (2010). Call to conversation: Suicide risks of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender youth. Presented by the Macomb County Intermediate School District and KnowResolve youth suicide prevention organization.

Scott, M., Brown, F., & Brayboy, L. (2009). Women psychologists’ identities: Multiple paths; similar yet distinct identities. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women, Toronto, Canada.


  • 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

Community Involvement

  • Steering  Committee, Affirmations Community Center LGBT Mental Health Task Force

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Issues)
    • Division 35 (The Society for the Psychology of Women)
  • Michigan Psychological Association
  • 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.