Frederick B. Phillips

Frederick Phillips is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State in 1968 with a B.A. in social welfare. He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. Phillips served as captain and mental health officer in the United States Army through 1973, and he graduated with his Ph.D. in psychology from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1978. 

Phillips is a licensed psychologist and social worker and received advanced training and certification in hypnotherapy, forensic psychology, and executive coaching.

In 1983, Phillips founded Progressive Life Center Inc. (PLC), an African-centered human services firm with offices in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Ghana. He served as president and CEO of PLC for 25 years and now serves as its senior advisor. 

Phillips is a pioneer in the development of NTU Psychotherapy, an African-centered, spiritually based approach to healing. He has served as a forensic expert witness in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder, competency to stand trial, insanity defense, adoption, and child custody. He is a consultant to the Peace Corps and has served as an expert psychologist for local, national, and international media.

Among his many civic and community endeavors, Phillips has served as president of the Association of Black Psychologists, vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University, and board chair of the Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Phillips is married to Iness Kalinda Phillips, a native of Lusaka, Zambia. They they have a blended family of four children and reside in Washington, D.C.


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