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Fran Brown, PsyD

Frances Brown, PsyD
Program Director, MA & PsyD Programs

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

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., Damino, C., Law, N. (2013). Coping in a Society Divided: Counseling LGBT Parents and their children. CEU training for mental health professionals. Affirmations. Ferndale, MI.

Brown, F. (2013/2011). The parentified  psychotherapist’s experience of the psychotherapeutic process. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 29, Psychotherapy, Washington, DC.

Brown, F., Damino, C., Law, N., Muenk, 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 psychological implications of bullying. Testimony to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Anti-Bullying Forum, Detroit, 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.