Biography

Dr. Adia Gooden is a licensed clinical psychologist, dynamic speaker and trainer, who is passionate about cultivating unconditional self-worth in others.

Dr. Adia currently serves as the Director of the Clinic and Community Programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where she has an active clinical practice and treats individuals and couples. She has spent more than a decade working with clients to embody mental wellness in their everyday lives and to engage boldly with the world.

As a cultivator of unconditional self-worth, Dr. Adia firmly believes that our worth has nothing to do with perfection and everything to do with the fact that our humanity makes us worthy. As a speaker and trainer, she has shared this truth with hundreds of individuals through workshops and employee training sessions.

Dr. Adia received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and earned her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University.  She served as a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator for Multicultural Outreach and Support at The University of Chicago Student Counseling Service for four years.

She is a native of Southern California but currently resides in Chicago with her fiancé. Music and summer festivals spark immense joy in her life, and she loves cooking and dancing.