Michelle Montagno, Associate Professor, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

Michelle Montagno

Associate Professor


Dr. Michelle Montagno is a licensed psychologist and a long-time social justice advocate. She worked in the nonprofit and government sectors prior to pursuing a career in clinical psychology. Her areas of clinical and research interest include culturally responsive therapy, interpersonal and brief psychotherapy, racial and sexual identity development, privilege and oppression, and culturally accountable graduate training. She is also proudly certified as an advanced open-water scuba diver.


  • Culturally responsive therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Brief therapy
  • Identity development

Research Areas

  • White racial identity development
  • Racism and white supremacy
  • Sexual and gender identities in LGBTQ+ communities
  • Activism in LGBTQ+ communities


  • Co-Chair, SONHP Program Evaluation Committee
  • Chair, Department of Integrated Healthcare
  • SONHP Leadership Council
  • Chair, PsyD Admissions Committee
  • Co-chair, PsyD Curriculum & Clinical Training Committee


  • The Wright Institute, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 2010
  • The Wright Institute, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2007
  • Ohio State University, BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies, 1999

Prior Experience

  • Senior Admissions Advisor, Heald College
  • Regional Director, Franklin University
  • Assistant Director, Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission
  • Political Director, NARAL

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence Interdisciplinary Action Group Grant, 2016
  • USF Jesuit Foundation Grant, 2015

Selected Publications