Racine Henry

Racine Henry, PhD, LMFT

Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy Program
Clinical Lecturer


Ph.D. in Couple & Family Therapy, Drexel University
MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, Valdosta State University

Academic Bio

 Dr. Racine R. Henry, PhD, LMFT, is a core faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Northwestern University. She received her Master’s in MFT at Valdosta State and her PhD in couple and family therapy from Drexel University, where she participated in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Minority Fellowship program and later returned as a visiting assistant clinical professor. 

Dr. Henry has been practicing psychotherapy since 2008 and currently holds MFT licenses in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Henry has given academic presentations at national and international conferences for several professional organizations along with publications in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, and popular media literature. In addition to extensive work with couples, she is experienced in group therapy, family therapy, anger management training, and treating various mental health diagnoses including depression, infidelity, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and adjustment issues. Dr. Henry specializes in treating Black women, Black couples, interracial couples and non-monogamous couples. She has taught at several universities and worked in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, the Department of Defense, community agencies, and private sector companies. Dr. Henry is the founder of Sankofa Marriage and Family Therapy and the creator of the “A Palate For Love”™️ series. She is a clinical fellow of the AAMFT and an AAMFT-approved supervisor.

Research Interests

  • Black mental health
  • Women’s issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Maternal mental health
  • Intersectionality
  • Racial identity and racial socialization
  • Social justice in couple and family therapy

Selected Publications

Harris-McKoy, D., Henry, R., & Louidor, T. (2021). Navigating Client Generated Prejudice in K. Brown (Ed.), AAMFT Systemic Ethics Textbook.

Brooks, S. & Henry, R. (2012). Human Simulation in CFT Education in L. Wilson & L. Rockstraw (Eds.), Human Simulation in Nursing and Health Professions. Springer.

Henry, R. & Zeytinoglu, S. (2012) African Americans and Teen Dating Violence. American Journal of Family Therapy, 40, 20-32.

Henry, R. & Fox, M. (2011) Treating Infidelity in Couples. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. (In press, revisions submitted.)

Courses Taught

  • Behavior Methods of Family Therapy
  • Collaborative Approaches
  • Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gerontology and Systemic Intervention
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Family Assessment
  • Family Therapy with Adolescents
  • Family Therapy with Children
  • MFT Social Justice Advocacy in the United States
  • MFT Practicum I
  • MFT Practicum II
  • Recovery-Oriented Care & Postmodern Family Therapy
  • Systemic Couples Therapy

Media Coverage

2021: “Interracial marriages more common, but still face barriers.” Henry interviewed for, and exclusively featured on, CBS Sunday Morning

2021: “How conspiracy theories target Black people.” Henry interviewed for, and exclusively featured on, Vice News

2021: “The pandemic ruined some of our friendships. Are they beyond repair?” Henry interviewed for, and featured in, Today

2020: “For interracial couples, advocacy is a love language.” Henry interviewed for, and quoted in, The New York Times

2020: “How to get your friends to stop treating you like a therapist.” Henry interviewed for, and featured in, The New York Times

2020: “What happens when breast cancer affects your sex life.” Henry interviewed for, and exclusively featured on, The Solve (an Essence magazine podcast)

2016: “Shattering the myth of the “Mad” Black woman.” Henry interviewed for, and featured in, Ebony

2014: “Why did Janay Rice stay? A therapist explains domestic violence and cycles of abuse.” Henry interviewed for, and exclusively featured on, For Harriet

Awards and Recognition 

AAMFT Minority Fellow, SAMHSA

Academic Activities

  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor (2018 – Present)
  • Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (2015 -Present)

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