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
- 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
- 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
- Montagno, M., & Garrett-Walker, J. (2021). Two, four, six, eight…why we want to participate: Motivations and barriers for LGBTQ+ activism. Journal of Community and Social Psychology Advance online publication.
- Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Montagno, M. (2021). Queering labels: Expanding identity categories in LGBTQ + research and clinical practice, Journal of LGBT Youth. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19361653.2021.1896411
- Montagno, M., & Garrett-Walker, J. (2021). LGBTQ+ Activism: An examination of internalized heterosexism and LGBTQ+ community connectedness. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication.
- Felipe, L. C., Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Montagno, M. (2020). Monoracial and multiracial LGBTQ+ people: Comparing internalized heterosexism, perceptions of racism, and connection to LGBTQ+ communities. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication.
- Montagno, M., Svatovic, M., & Levenson, H. (2011). Short-term and long-term effects of training in emotionally focused couple therapy: Professional and personal aspects. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(4), 380-392.