Dr. O'Shan D. Gadsden is a sociocultural critic, thought leader, public scholar, and published author who has presented his work and ideas at many local, regional, and national conferences over the course if his career. He believes that his life's purpose is to assist individuals to walk in their authentic selves and work through any unresolved "material" that impedes their highest level of individual and relational consciousness. He lives by the quote: "What you are seeking is already seeking you!"
Dr. Gadsden earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Howard University's APA accredited program. His dissertation explored the relationship between gender role conflict, father absence, religious background, and hypermasculinity with African-American adult males. Prior to completing his doctoral degree he received is MA in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. His thesis focused on the relationship between depression and intimate partner violence with African-American adult women. Prior to his graduate work he attended Metropolitan College of New York City and obtained a B.P.S. in Human Services.
While a PhD student, O'Shan served as a teacher's assistant and psychological associate/consultant. He completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Delaware's Center for Counseling and Development. Following this, he began post-doctoral training as a Clinical Fellow at the JFK Behavioral Health Center in Philadelphia, PA. While serving in this capacity, Dr. Gadsden was recruited and subsequently accepted his first academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, CA in their APA accredited clinical doctoral program. Dr. Gadsden has enjoyed several faculty positions teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. As an academic he has mentored and supervised student’s research; served on a number dissertation committees; and presented his work and ideas at local, regional, and national conventions. Dr. Gadsden has published several empirical and public scholarship articles and book chapters. He is currently working on his first book manuscript entitled, “Going further than our fathers: And other essays on loving and living—in consciousness for men of color.” Dr. Gadsden is particularly interested in the relationship between black masculinity development and its impact on how African-American adult men understand and navigate emotional closeness in romantic relationships, the clinical utility of infusing nontraditional spiritual frameworks in treatment, and the clinical and organizational utility of infusing relational-psychoanalytic theory when working with underserved populations and small businesses. Dr. Gadsden firmly believes that the academic domain is but another platform for intersubjective constructive engagement that is both intersectional and spiritual in nature.