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Frances Niarhos

Associate Director for Training


I enjoy helping young adults identify potential barriers to their academic success using well-established measure of cognitive, academic and mental health functioning. I also have a passion for teaching and mentoring trainees across all mental health disciplines as they prepare for professional roles as psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors.

Dr. Niarhos received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Miami, FL, and completed her internship at the Vanderbilt/VA Internship in Professional Psychology consortium. Her passion lies in teaching and mentoring trainees across all mental health disciplines as they prepare for professional roles as psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors. Her clinical interests include psychological assessment of learning and neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other mental health disorders commonly affecting young adults. Dr. Niarhos worked at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Psychological and Counseling Center from 2012 to 2018, acting as the Training Director in 2017. Prior to joining the Psychological and Counseling Center, she worked for eight years at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she engaged in research and clinical work aimed at identifying and addressing the neurocognitive late effects of childhood cancer. When she is not working, Dr. Niarhos enjoys yoga, hiking and exploring Tennessee rivers by canoe. She values diverse worldviews and remains committed to broadening her own cultural awareness.