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Dr. Ayo M Gooden, PH.D

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Books Authored

Dr. Ayo is the author of the book:

  1. A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle: Empowering Afrikan Men and Women for Success. A Guide to Finding Your Ideal Mate and Making It Last. Ma’at University Press, 1994.
  2. To Protect and Empower: Unionism in Higher Education, Proceedings of APSCUF/PSE Conference on Labor in Higher Education. Harrisburg, PA. October 15-17, 2009.
  3. Suicide, Attempted Suicide, and Parasuicide Among Afrikan-Americans, Act 101 Journal, May 2001, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 7-11.
  4. Does Milk do a Body Good? Health is Wealth, Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 1999, pp 1-2, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.
  5. African Americans, European Americans, and Pathological Stereotypes: An African-Centered Perspective. Williams, M. T., Gooden, A. M., & Davis, D. (to appear). In Psychology of Culture, G. R. Hayes & M. H. Bryant, eds., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62257-274-8.

Dr. Ayo M Gooden, PH.D

Licensed Psychologist

“Ayo” means “joy” in the West African Yoruba language. Dr. Ayo is the first in her family to earn a college degree. She earned her BA in psychology from The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and earned her MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Ayo is in full-time private practice as a licensed psychologist. She is also a Board Certified African Centered/Black Psychologist, Diplomate, and Fellow. Dr. Ayo is a former university professor and administrator and has worked in the mental health field for over 45 years.

Dr. Ayo has been in the Mental Health field for over 40 years. Dr. Ayo uses a variety of therapeutic strategies to address the needs of her clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She specializes in African Centered/Black Psychology and is Board Certified by the Association of Black Psychologists ( Clients of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are seen in her practice.

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September 19, 1986



Stress Management

Male-Female Relationships

The Psychology of African Americans

Mental Health Among African Americans

Africa’s Contribution to World Civilizations

Educating Black Children