Clinical Sexologist and Marriage and Family Therapist


Dr. Tifphane Riley, MFT, MEd, Ph.D., is a native of Philadelphia and has lived in the DMV since 2015.  Dr. Riley is a Clinical Sexologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, who earned her doctorate in Human Sexuality in September 2020. Dr. Riley’s clinical work focuses on norms around gender presentation, sexual identity development, communication in relationships, self-advocacy, sexual freedom; and the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race for people of color. Dr. Riley has vast experience working with Black and Brown womyn and families to address imposter syndrome, multigenerational trauma, navigating co-parenting, grief and loss, postpartum depression, substance abuse, and mental health challenges such as mood disorders.


Dr. Riley has worked in mental health for over 20 years in positions such as Foster care case management, Clinical Coordination of HIV services, Behavioral Health for Children, and Housing support for underserved populations.  This work has allowed Dr. Riley to support individuals and families through mental health challenges and trauma. She sees this as the most rewarding as she believes this particular focus and support is needed for the Black community to continue to thrive.


Dr. Riley currently works at Mamatoto Village in Washington DC as a Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health Counselor. Mamatoto’s Village provides maternal health support to Black and Brown birthers and their families. Dr. Riley also works part-time in a group practice called Achieving Joy where she provides queer and trans inclusive support to clients via individual and couples therapy.


In 2004 Dr. Riley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in African studies from Temple University. She then continued her education at Drexel University where she earned her Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy in 2010.  In 2015 Tifphane earned her Masters of Education and went on to earn her Ph.D in Human Sexuality at Widener University September of 2020. 

Tifphane’s dissertation focuses on heteronormative gender roles, norms, & gender presentation in Black lesbian couples. When Dr. Riley isn’t focused on work, she is busy raising her three son’s with her Fiancée Zarah. Tifphane loves music, poetry, sports, soul food,  binge-watching shows like Marriage or Mortgage, and laughing at memes on social media.

For more information or questions, contact Tifphane via email  at Twalkerriley@gmail.com 

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