My name is Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons (formerly Crowell). You can call me Dr. Candice Nicole. I’m a counseling psychologist specializing in sex. That means I have a few roles, as a scientist-practitioner. I’m an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky’s counseling psychology program, where I direct the RISE^2 Research Team. We study relationships, intimacy, and sexual enrichment, as well as race, intersectionality, and social justice engagement. I also work with individuals, couples, and groups who have relationships, intimacy, and sexual concerns. I offer retreats, training, and workshops for people and organizations in those same areas.

In addition to my primary focus on sex, my two other passions in research and life are social justice and leadership development. These areas of interest guide all that I do, and I offer training, workshops, and individual consultations on both.

I do it all with a love ethic.

I’m well-trained, down to earth, and passionate about what I do. I’ve wanted to be a psychologist since I was 16, so I’m living my dream.

Education | Training

PhD – University of Georgia, Counseling Psychology

MS – Georgia State University, Professional Counseling

BA – Spelman College, English

I’ve also trained at Howard University, Emory University, and the Catholic University of America.

Professional Organizations

 American Psychological Association

-Society of Counseling Psychology Representative to the Council of the American Psychological Association

– Society of Counseling Psychology, Early Career Professionals Committee Member and Treasurer

– Former Leadership Academy Faculty

– Former Opening Doors Steering Committee Member

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

– Former Member at Large, Education Focus

– Former Liaison to the Council of Chairs of Training Councils

Kentucky Psychological Association

– Diversity Section Chair and Board Member


Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky