Francine Toder is a psychologist, emeritus university faculty member, nonfiction writer, lecturer and author of four books. Below you can find her biography, and a list of her published books. 

  • Blogger: Huffington Post 50, Next Avenue, Thrive Global, Psychology Today
  • Clinical psychologist for more than 40 years
  • Faculty emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, 1974-2000
  • Writer, Lecturer, Consultant
  • Past President, Santa Clara County, CA Psychological Association
  • Red Cross disaster mental health responder to 9/11 in New York, ground zero; and first psychologist on the scene after American Airlines crash in Rockaway Beach, NY, in November 2001

Education and Credentials:

  • Ph.D. and M.A. Psychology: Michigan State University
  • B.B.A: The Baruch College of the City University of New York
  • License: Psychology, California Board Of Psychology, (Clinical)


  • Award: California Psychological Association, 2010 - for role as president: "Outstanding Chapter of the Year"
  • Award: “Psychologist of the Year,” Santa Clara County Psychological Association, 2006 
  • Award: Feature Article of the Year, HR West Magazine, 2004
  • Award: “Outstanding Contribution to the field of Psychology by a Psychologist,” Santa Clara County Psychological Association, 2001
  • Who's Who of American Women, 1975


  • Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, Aziri Books, 2018
  • The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty, Aziri Books, 2013, eBook, 2014
  • Your Kids Are Grown: Moving On With and Without Them, Insight Books, Plenum Corporation, New York, 1994
  • When Your Child Is Gone: Learning to Live Again, Capital Publishing Company, 1986; Ballantine Books, New York, 1987

Twitter: @docToder




 My view of life:

Attitude is everything
 There once was a woman who woke up one morning, 
 looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only
 three hairs on her head.
 Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?" 
 So she did and she had a wonderful day.
 The next day she woke up, 
 looked in the mirror and saw that she had only
 two hairs on her head. 
 "H-M-M," she said, 
 "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?" 
 So she did and she had a grand day.
 The next day she woke up, 
 looked in the mirror and noticed that she had
 only one hair on her head.  "Well," she said, 
 "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."
 So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
 The next day she woke up, 
 looked in the mirror and noticed that there
 wasn't a single hair on her head. 
 "YEA!" she exclaimed, 
 "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
 Attitude is everything. 
 Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. 
 It's about learning to dance in the rain.