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.

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
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
Selected Publications

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.

Awards & Distinctions

University of San Francisco, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence Interdisciplinary Action Group Grant, 2016

USF Jesuit Foundation Grant, 2015