Georita M. Frierson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist trained at The Ohio State University in behavioral medicine/ health psychology and quantitative psychology. Dr. Frierson completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, RI. Dr. Frierson obtained her B.A. with honors from Hampton University, a historically black college/university (HBCU) located in Hampton, Virginia. She is currently the Department Head and tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ). While as Department Head, she is simultaneously the inaugural Director of the APA accredited (on contingency) clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Rowan University (since 2015).
As an African American woman, Dr. Frierson is committed to diversity education and research training among all students in clinical psychology. From 2005-2007, Dr. Frierson worked at The Cooper Institute as Scientific Director and Executive Director of The Cooper Institute Oak Cliff Center. The center facilitates recruitment of underserved, under-represented, and diverse populations in the Oak Cliff and South Dallas communities for The Cooper Institute’s research studies. She was also the Director of Diversity Programs and Research Initiatives at The Cooper Institute. From 2012-2015, Dr. Frierson was the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) for the first and longest running APA-accredited clinical psychology program at an HBCU (Howard University in Washington, DC). As Howard University’s DCT, she mentored over 40 racial/ethnic minority masters and doctoral students in research and professional development areas. Under her leadership, the clinical psychology Ph.D. program was re-accredited by APA for a full seven years in 2014. Finally, the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Rowan University received the full 3 years of APA accreditation on contingency on April 7th, 2019 under Dr. Frierson’s leadership as well.
Dr. Frierson’s commitment to quality graduate training and mentoring diverse (broadly defined) students is also evidenced in her Rowan University and national work. In fall 2018, Dr. Frierson was appointed to Full Professor and Department Head of the Psychology Department at Rowan University. Since 2015, she has held the inaugural DCT position of the newly formed Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Rowan University. Dr. Frierson was also appointed Dean’s Fellow of Graduate Education for Rowan University’s College of Science and Mathematics/School of Health Professions (CSM/SHP) for the 2017-2018 academic year. As Dean’s Fellow, she drafts CSM/SHP graduate program policies, participates in graduate student appeal hearings, assists in dissemination of CSM, SHP, and University graduate program policies to graduate program coordinators, and represents the interests of CSM/SHP graduate programs in various University arenas. At the national level, Dr. Frierson previously held national positions as chair for APA’s and SBM’s diversity special interest groups. Presently, Dr. Frierson is a Commissioner for the APA Commission for Accreditation where she has co-chaired five program panel reviews and was the co-chair of Annual Report Outcome Data/Research working group (2017-2019). In 2019, she has started her second 3rd-year term as a commissioner representing the organization, COGDOP. She is also the Chair of the Training Committee for site visitor and accreditation application trainings for Commission on Accreditation. More recently, Dr. Frierson was appointed as IT Director for CUDCP and to the Associate Editorial Board for APA’s prestigious Training and Education in Professional Psychology journal.
In addition to her commitment to ensuring the quality of clinical graduate training and diverse student mentoring, Dr. Frierson has a productive research career. The two foci of her research with medically underserved populations is in 1) cancer education and control and 2) physical activity randomized controlled interventions or longitudinal designs. Dr. Frierson has amassed knowledge of both theory and empirical findings in health psychology and internet based research, rendering her uniquely qualified to provide health behaviors and cultural sensitivity education to clinicians and researchers alike. Her 35 peer reviewed publications have appeared in journals with broad audiences, such as Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports Medicine, and Ethnicity and Disease. She has also delivered more than 100 presentations, lectures, or forums on health behaviors and diversity topics relevant to students, scientists, health professionals, and communities.
Dr. Frierson is wholeheartedly committed to excellence by staying current in her programmatic line of research, graduate training policies and procedures empowering diverse and all students through graduate education. She is affectionately known as “Momma G” or Dr. G to past and current students and colleagues. Her interests in dance and Broadways plays – she recently saw Kinky Boots – gives Dr. Frierson a unique perspective while mentoring junior professionals.
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