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

  • Blogger: Huffington Post 50
  • Clinical psychologist for more than 40 years
  • Faculty emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, 1974-2000
  • Writer, Lecturer, Consultant, Executive coach
  • 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


  • 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