About me

Dr. Donna Friess enjoyed a rich and wonderful forty plus year full time teaching career at Cypress College wherein she taught over 12,000 students, but now she has turned her energies toward working with individuals and in the small group setting, rather than the large classroom setting. Dr. Friess offers life coaching and personal development workshops. 


Donna’s story of her intervention against her father to protect her four-year-old niece from molestation, came to international attention after a grueling 15 month long trial and some changes in child abuse laws in California.  Upon the release of her autobiography, Cry The Darkness: One Woman’s Triumph Over the Tragedy of Incest (HCI, 1993), there were frequent media appearances on Oprah and other t

television and radio shows, and newspaper headlines here and abroad, all of which brought new speaking and writing opportunities to Donna. Her case has helped focus national attention on the frequency of child abuse in middle class homes across America.


As a spokesperson for children's rights, Donna is a frequent guest speaker on radio and television talk shows, and at professional conferences.  As the author of six books, she has been invited to speak not only in the U.S., but abroad as well.


Donna is an enthusiastic dog lover, hiker, world traveler, speed walker, half marathoner and portrait artist. Her paintings can be seen in art magazines and shows. Beyond the fulfillment she feels helping to inspire people to be all that they can be, she enjoys her life with husband, Ken, as they revel in their great big family filled with eleven grandchildren.

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Donna L. Friess, Ph.D.
Donna L. Friess, Ph.D.

Donna Friess can assist you in understanding the labyrinth of interpersonal relationships so that you can better understand human behavior and become more skillful when dealing with others. Donna is also an experienced public speaking professor and can help you to be more assertive and creative in your business presentations.


Donna L. Friess, Ph.D., retired Professor of Communication at Cypress College in California, rose to international prominence in the child abuse prevention field when her dramatic case swept the nation. With appearances on Oprah, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Leeza Show and other TV and radio talk shows, her story of protecting her four-year-old niece from abuse reached 60 million people in America and millions more abroad. Her first book, Cry The Darkness, (Health Communications Inc., 1993) has been published in seven languages. It was the best selling non-fictional book in the history of Egmont Publishers in Norway and Denmark.

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