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About Dr. Fenton


My name is Dr. Alana Fenton and I like to go by "Dr. A.". To share a bit about my credentials and services offered as a Personal Development Coach, I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from APA Accredited Fielding Graduate University. I also have a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology, a Master's of Science in General Psychology, and a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development/Psychology. I'm also a long time member of the Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

So why a Personal Development Coach and not Psychologist in my role with Mind Elevation?

There are a few benefits to working in the capacity as a Personal Development coach. I get to reach a national audience which allows me to fill a need across the country, and if I wanted to, across the world. So many people are in need of support and a Personal Development Coach is more of what they need with focus on goals than a focus on a diagnosis and clinical treatment. Additionally, I am pre-licensed in the State of Colorado as a Psychologist Candidate (PSYC/verifiable online) and not yet a Licensed Psychologist. As a Personal Development Coach, outside of the parameters of "therapy" and "psychological services" I can continue to fulfill this growing societal need given my experience, background, and expertise, particularly as a member of the BIPOC community which needs this service the most. As a Psychologist Candidate (PSYC) in Colorado, I am currently under supervision by a licensed psychologist while employed by the State of Colorado. Please note that there is no affiliation between my employer, the State of Colorado, and Mind Elevation. 


To tell you more about my experience, I have previous clinical experience in neurodevelopmental and psychological assessment, including autism, ADHD, psychoeducational, and cognitive/intellectual testing. I currently hold certifications, training, and expertise in Autism Assessment (ADOS-2), Clinical Anxiety Treatment, Parent Management Training (Kadzin Method), Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


I'm a former Specialist of the United States Army, college instructor of psychology, and a consultant in child and adolescent behavioral health and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I was also born and raised on the Island of Trinidad and immigrated to New York when I was fourteen. When I'm not nerding out on all things psychology, as the mother of two teenage sons, I spend time with my loved ones, enjoy travel, hikes, glamping in the woods, and reading. Psychology has been my passion for the past two decades. My motto is "Service to Others Leads to Greatness!" I look forward to helping you with your coaching needs.

Education and Certifications

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Fielding Graduate University, 2022

PhD in Clinical Psychology

Dissertation: Maternal Resources, Social Functioning, and Internalizing Outcome of Black Young Adults 

Fielding Graduate University, 2018

Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Nova Southeastern University, 2014

Master's of Science in General Psychology

State University of New York - Empire State College

Bachelor's of Science, Human Development/Psychology

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Certifications & Trainings

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)

ADOS-2 Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Certification 

Supervised Visitation Monitor Training

Professional Ethics, Boundaries and The Law

Life Coaching Certification

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Publications (Scholarly and Non-Scholarly)

Fenton, A., (2022) 4 ways supervisees can support trainees of color. 

Fenton, A. (2020). Testing and Assessment with Persons and Communities of Color. Presentation.

Fenton, A., (Dissertation Defended January 18, 2019). Maternal Resources, Social Functioning, and Internalizing Outcome among Black Young Adults within LONGSCAN. Fielding Graduate University.


Fenton, A., Levin, L., Campbell, J., & Ruffins, S. (2016). Abuse and maternal depression: Coping theory as a possible explanation for CES-D variance. Fielding Graduate University.


Campbell, J., Fenton, A., Levin, L., & Ruffins, S., (2016). Income as a longitudinal predictor of maternal depression and adolescent aggression.


Fenton, A. (2014). The relationship between obsessive compulsive personality disorder and adults with exposure to childhood domestic violence. Nova Southeastern University.


Fenton, A. (2014). Historical, cultural, and developmental changes in autism theory and research. Nova Southeastern University.

Fenton, A. (2011). The Black Book for Single Moms: 30 Days of Inspiration, CreateSpace Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1461062073

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My Philosophy

Jim Rohn was quoted as saying "Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out." There are two main principles that are embedded in my personal philosophy.  These principles are: Treat other people the way you want to be treated, and service to others leads to greatness.  

There is another saying that "Too many people spend their lives being dutiful descendants instead of good ancestors."~Adam Grant 


We have a responsibility not to please our predecessors, but to improve things for those that come after us. It is my goal to uphold the values of selfless service, integrity and respect in my field, while delivering stellar services. ~Dr. Fenton



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