Phyllis Solon Psy.D.

Phyllis Solon, Psy.D.

Psychology Doctorate Program - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH246
(612) 238-4572   |   pcsolon@smumn.edu


Dr. Solon is a Full Professor who has taught in the Doctoral program at Saint Mary’s since its inception in 2010 and has designed and taught a wide variety of psychology courses both in the United States and abroad.  She facilitates the monthly Student of Color Consultation meeting and mentors faculty newer to doctoral teaching who are from diverse ethnic and racial communities.

Dr. Solon sees teaching and learning as taking place within the context of relationships and believes that the highest good is to love, honor and protect others, particularly children and those who cannot protect themselves.  She has learned over a long period of time that there is no such thing as self-sufficiency: we are all intensely and intrinsically interdependent.  She teaches and practices from the perspective that every interaction has the potential to hurt or to heal and tries to fall as much on the healing side as possible.

Dr. Solon is an avid photographer, garden tender and music lover.  She is involved with social justice work in her neighborhood in South Minneapolis and Nationally through organizational membership, financial support and direct action.  She can regularly be seen in and around, on both sides of, the Mississippi River with her dogs walking, swimming or cross country skiing.

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Research interests include: qualitative methods, Embedded Cultural research, research designs that encompass social location and intersectionality, content areas consistent with interests and expertise

    Other teaching and clinical interests include:

    Feminist-Multicultural theory and therapy including: Intersectionality theory and clinical applications,Race, Class and Gender issues in individual, group and family therapy, Ethics and responsibilities in cross-cultural assessment, diagnosis and treatment, Transracial adoption, Multicultural coalition building, and Anti-Racism and Diversity training and consultation; Trauma theory and therapy including: Developmental neurology and the neurological impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences, Person centered, competency based interventions and Solution focused, competency based and holistic psychological assessment; Integration of emotional, spiritual, and intellectual healing, Play therapy, Autism Spectrum and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Multiculturalism and Diversity, Trauma Theory and Therapy, Counseling in the Schools, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy, Dissertation Proposal Seminar, Practicum Seminar,

  • Professional Organizations

    American Counseling Association, 2010-present

    Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 2010-present

    Minnesota Counseling Association, 2014-present

    American Psychological Association, 1993-2001; 2010-present

    Society of Counseling Psychology, 2010-presen

    Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, 1992-present

    International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, 2007-present

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2007-present

  • Education

    Psy.D. Clinical Psychology: Minnesota School of Professional Psychology 1995

    B.A. Psychology, Art Minor: Saint Mary’s University, Winona MN, 1984

    Doctoral Project: Day Treatment for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Young Adolescents: A Multicultural/Feminist Perspective.

    Committee: Skye Payne, Ph.D, LP; Deborah Happ, Ph.D, LP; Grace Hong, Psy.D., LP; 

  • Experience

    Dr. Solon has been teaching at the graduate level since 1997 and is a licensed psychologist with a private therapy and consultation practice with a focus on Complex trauma and dissociation, Autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental issues, and child, adolescent, adult and family therapy. Dr. Solon has taught internationally and regularly presents at conferences on issues related to trauma, addiction, multiculturalism, social justice, autism spectrum and the intersections between.  Dr. Solon has developed a comprehensive theory of Developmental trauma, Complex PTSD and Dissociative states and an integrative treatment model called the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model.  Professional trainings for this model have been completed by numerous counselors in psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work and addictions in the Tri-state area.

  • Links

    Phyllis C. Solon, Psy.D.

    A Collaborative Practice Integrating Science, Holistic Wellness, and Spirit