40th Annual Conference



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons 

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons (formerly Crowell) is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky (UK), where she studies sex, social justice, and leadership – all with a love ethic. She is a researcher, teacher, leader, and healer. At UK, she directs the Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment (RISE) Research Team, where they study sexual health, including pleasure and functioning. Dr. Hargons is the creator of the Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma, and she has presented and written about the Movement for Black Lives in academic journals and at national conferences. She also created How to Love a Human, an open-research project that asks people with multiple marginalized identities what the world would be like if it loved them.

Dr. Hargons has worked with several organizations, universities, and groups on enhancing awareness of sexual health, building social justice competence, healing from racial trauma, leadership development, and creating a culture of courage. She serves on the Kentucky Psychological Association Board, the Society of Counseling Psychology Executive Board, and the APA Council of Representatives. She is also an APA Minority Fellow. A graduate of Spelman College, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia, Dr. Hargons has been featured in the Huffington Post, the APA Monitor, and gradPsych magazine, occasionally under the media name Dr. Candice Nicole. You can find Dr. Hargons at www.DrCandiceNicole.com and www.HowToLoveAHuman.com.