Garica Sanford, PsyD is a passionate leader committed to social change and impact.
Trained as a clinical child and family psychologist, Sanford has been a leader in the mental health and nonprofit space for close to 10 years. With 15+ years of experience as a mental health provider, Sanford has provided services in a variety of settings including the prison system, a residential treatment center for children and adolescents, an inpatient hospital, the public school system, child protective services and various community mental health agencies.
Sanford currently serves as the Training Director at Momentous Institute, an innovative community nonprofit organization that provides mental health, education and training throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In her role, she helps to carry forth provision of the therapeutic services offered by the agency to more than 5,000 people each year. More specifically, Sanford oversees the clinical training programs offered to graduate students and postgraduates seeking advanced degrees in mental health and/or licensure as an independent clinician.
Additionally, for the past four years, Sanford has been a leading voice in developing and moving forward the organization’s understanding of and effort towards being a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization.
As a clinician, Sanford is committed to eliminating the significant racial disparities within the mental healthcare system, particularly in connection to the impact on the African American community. Sanford’s passion and energy is oriented towards collaborating with clients and communities to leverage inner resiliency in a manner that promotes sustainable wellbeing for future generations. Her areas of knowledge include complex and generational trauma, complicated familial systems, and cultural humility.
In addition to her role as a psychologist, Dr. Sanford provides executive coaching to powerful, high-achieving women leaders across varied sectors committed to impacting community and social change. As an executive coach, Dr. Sanford partners with clients to create space for exploration of personal, professional and organizational development as they journey to embody integral leadership. Collaboration, cultural responsiveness and continuous learning are foundational in all aspects of her practice as a coach, psychologist and director.