Roz Aker-Black

Roz Aker-Black, Psy.D

COO/Program Director

Roselyn V. Aker- Black, Psy.D (affectionately known as Dr. Roz) is a native of Rome, Georgia and currently resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband. Dr. Roz received a B.A. in psychology from Fisk University and completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the American Schools of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Roz is an award- winning psychologist and has over 14 years of experience in providing psychological services to children, families, and couples in the nonprofit, government, and private industry sectors. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer for the Goal Grinders Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides Leadership and Entrepreneurial training with a STEM Focus for at risk middle and high school girls.

She also serves as a psychology professor at local universities in the DC area training the next generation of clinical and forensic psychologists. As a consultant, she served as a Subject Matter Mental Health Expert supporting the Juvenile and Family Residential Management Unit (JFRMU) Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and as an Expert Panel member in the development of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Initiative (BFWHW); Healthy Relationships tool domain.

Dr. Roz’s media experience includes psychological consults with the Anderson Cooper Talk Show (2012), the OWN’s Network docuseries Unfaithful (2012), Huffington Post, Fox5DC, NBC4 and a regular guest appearance on Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 as a relationship expert. Dr. Roz is the Series Psychologist on TV One’s limited series, “For My Woman” and the host of the Dr. Roz Show podcast. Moreover, Dr. Aker-Black’s work has also been published in International Journals.

She is a sought out keynote speaker, commencement speaker, and advice columnist for her advice on practical relationship functioning, Human trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence, and Organizational Behavior and Management. Dr. Roz is also a TEDx speaker and presented the topic, “Surviving Betrayal” at the TEDx U Street Women’s Conference 2019.

She is the owner of the Dr. Roz Therapeutic and Coaching Services, a boutique organization that is dedicated to help people function properly in all relationships! Dr. Roz is also an author and co-author represented by 13th and Joan Publications.

Some of Dr. Roz’s awards include the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty under Forty, The Daily Records’ Very Important Professional Under Forty, Maryland’s Leading Woman award , 2 time winner of The Daily Records Top 100 Women of Maryland award, North Atlantic Regional Exemplary Citizen Award, Fisk University’s Inaugural Talented Tenth award and the Success Women’s Conference National Top Influencer and Rising Star.