Tinson, Leslye


Leslye M. Tinson, M.S., LMFT
My pronouns are she and her.

Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Lecturer, Department of African American Studies

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Preferred: leslye.tinson@sjsu.edu

Office Hours

Spring 2023: Mondays 3-4:30pm, Thursdays 10:30am-12pm (or other times by appointment only)

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  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Class of 2023, Connie L. Lurie College of Education, SJSU
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Class of 2011, San Francisco State University
  • B.A. Psychology, Class of 2005, San Francisco State University

Licenses and Certificates

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #110060, State of California
  • Marriage and Family Therapist #204160, State of Texas
  • Marriage and Family Therapist #4164R, State of Nevada
  • Telehealth Provider #TPMF168, State of Florida
  • Gubernatorial appointee, 2019-2021, Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Gubernatorial appointee, 2015-2019, Governor Jerry Brown


Leslye M. Tinson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, a Senior Lecturer of Psychology and African American Studies at San Jose State University, and an associate professor (adjunct) at Evergreen Valley College. She has been teaching at SJSU since 2015. Her teaching focuses in the areas of child and adult clinical psychology, Black mental health, racism, prejudice, and gender studies. Originally from Compton, CA, she is a passionate instructor, mentor and student organization advisor. She is also lecturer of psychology and counseling at San Francisco State University and has taught at several community colleges in the Bay Area. 

Tinson is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Educational Research Association. In 2019, Tinson was reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Private Security Disciplinary Review Committee (North), after serving a 4-year appointment by Governor Jerry Brown, and has chaired the committee since 2018. Tinson earned a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from SFSU and recently completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership. Her research focuses on Black women in the professoriate. She resides in Santa Clara with her beloved dog, Captain Charlie Mac. 


Courses taught at SJSU include:

  • PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology (GE, Area D1)
  • PSYC 100W: Writing workshop in Psychology (GE, GWAR)
  • PSYC 107: Psychology of Women (also WOMS 107)
  • PSYC 110: Abnormal Psychology / Adult Psychopathology
  • PSYC 142: Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 139: Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 165: Theories and Methods of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 191: Psychology of Prejudice (GE, Area S)
  • PSYC 208: Family Interventions and Assessment (graduate course)
  • AFAM 22: The Humanities in African American Culture (GE, Area F: Ethnic Studies)
  • AFAM 25: History of Ethnic Studies (GE, Area F: Ethnic Studies)
  • AFAM 100W: Writing workshop in African American Studies (GE, GWAR)
  • AFAM 125: The Black Family
  • AFAM 130: Psychology of the Black Community