Britney Brinkman, PhD

Associate professor of psychology, Point Park University, Pennsylvania, US
Work Experience: 15+ years in psychology

“I am passionate about helping girls and women as they navigate the joys and challenges of life. I am inspired by the people I work with and am honored to be part of their journeys of growth and development. I also greatly enjoy conducting research on questions that matter to people and the communities they live in.”

Career Highlights 

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Point Park University, Pittsburg, PA
  • Director of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program and Social Justice Psychology Research Team at Point Park University
  • Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Chatham University
  • Teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Utah, and Colorado State University
  • Research Leaders Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue community-based research focused on decreasing health inequities facing Black girls, 2017
  • Presidential citation from the American Psychological Association for work as a Citizen Psychologist and recipient of the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, 2020, along with other distinctions
  • Presented at several conferences, including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Women in Psychology meetings
  • Active member of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for Counseling Psychology, and the Society for the Psychology of Women


  • Internship at the Counseling Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Utah, graduated summa cum laude

Featured Publications

  • “Detection and Prevention of Identity-Based Bullying: Social Justice Perspectives.” Psychology Press, 2015.
  • “Redefining Resilience and Reframing Resistance: Empowerment Programming with Black Girls to Address Societal Inequities.” Behavioral Medicine, Jul-Sep 2020, vol. 46, no. 3-4, doi: 10.1080/08964289.2020.1748864
  • “Self-objectification, feminist activism, and conformity to feminine norms among female vegetarians, semi-vegetarians, and non-vegetarians.” Eating Behaviors, Jan 2014, vol. 15, no. 1, doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.11.006

My Journey in Psychology

I chose to become a psychologist to contribute to building a more just world where everyone can thrive. Researching the psychology of gender and social justice are particular passions of mine and my areas of expertise within the field. I’m driven to design, implement, and evaluate prevention and early intervention programs for adolescent girls to give them valuable mental health resources as they transition towards adulthood.

By teaching psychologists-in-training, I have the opportunity to support future therapists on their career development journey. At Point Park University in Pittsburg, I teach courses on community psychology and ethics. 

It’s a true honor to be here collaborating with the fantastic team at Flo to support the health of so many girls, women, and trans and non-binary people around the globe. The thing I love about Flo is that it’s so much more than a cycle tracking app — it’s a well-rounded health platform where people can turn for science-based information on all aspects of their well-being. 

Fun Facts

In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga or going on runs and hikes in the woods near Pittsburg. 

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