Thema S. Bryant

Thema S. Bryant, PhD, is the 2023 president of the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology with more than 130,000 members.
Dr. Thema completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Duke University and her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical Center’s Victims of Violence Program. Upon graduating, she became coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program, which provides intervention and prevention programming to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and harassment based on sexual orientation.
She is a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory. Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression.
She is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema is author of the best seller Homecoming: Overcome Fear and Trauma to Reclaim Your Whole Authentic Self and host of the critically acclaimed mental health podcast Homecoming. She shares psychological and spiritual insights on television, radio, and social media.
Dr. Thema is also an ordained minister, sacred artist, and mother.