Monmouth University announced the July 1, 2015 retirement of Frances K. Trotman, Ph.D., professor of psychological counseling.
Trotman leaves the University after 20 years of service as a teacher-scholar in the areas of multicultural counseling and the mental health concerns and socio-emotional development of children and adolescents, with particular expertise in the experiences and needs of women of color and feminist practice of psychology based in social justice.
Trotman joined the University in 1995 and served as director of its graduate program in psychological counseling until 2003, before becoming the chair of the psychological counseling department until 2009. She is credited with increasing the quality and reputation of Monmouth’s counseling programs throughout the state and played a leadership role in helping Monmouth University become New Jersey’s first college or university to obtain accreditation from Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
The American Psychological Association (APA) recognized Trotman in 2014 with its Heritage Award, given to one senior psychologist who has made distinguished, long-standing and substantial contributions that pertain to women, gender or related issues in the areas of teaching, research and practice.
Trotman is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She has been in private practice for more than 35 years and has served as president of the New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists and the Bergen County Association of Licensed Psychologists in addition to holding many offices of APA and authoring over 100 publications and presentations on the psychology of women.