Get to know me

Deeply intuitive, radically hopeful, intentionally courageous, and socially introverted. 

University of Kentucky Assistant Professor. Center for Healing Racial Trauma Director. 

Mom. Wife. UGA PHD. Delta. Spelman alumna. Friend. Sister. Daughter.


I moved around a lot as a kid, from the subsidized housing projects in Lockport, NY to a suburb of Atlanta before I turned 18. I took my first psychology course as a high school junior, and I knew then that was what I wanted to do. Taking the circuitous route, I taught a little high school before I started the journey to become Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons


Now, I am an award-winning counseling psychologist and assistant professor who studies sexual health and healing racial trauma, all with a love ethic.



  • The Counseling Psychologist Outstanding Paper Award (2020) SAGE and The Society of Counseling Psychology

  • Presidential Citation (2019) American Psychological Association

  • Jack Runyon Community Service Award (2018) Kentucky Psychological Association

  • Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity Award (2018) Society of Counseling Psychology Section on Ethnic & Racial Diversity

  • The Counseling Psychologist Outstanding Paper Award (2018) SAGE and The Society of Counseling Psychology

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2017-18) University of Georgia College of Education

  • Stuart C. Tentoni Outstanding Professional Development Program Award (2015) American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

  • McBee Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology (2013) Athens Area Psychological Association

  • APA Minority Fellow (2013) American Psychological Association & Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration



  • APA Council of Representatives

  • Society of Counseling Psychology Executive Board

  • Kentucky Psychological Association Executive Board

  • Lexington Urban League Young Professionals Advocacy Chair

  • APAGS Committee



Things That I Love

Southern Rap Music
Delicious Food
My Big & Little Best Friend