In her memoir The Gifts of Adversity, Dr. Carolee Tran vividly recounts her harrowing escape out of Vietnam with her family during the fall of Saigon and the obstacles they faced in pursuing the American dream. She also describes her history of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, its impact on her life, and how she found the strength to extricate herself from the perpetrator’s control. This moving and inspiring book is a human story about trauma, hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit to survive and thrive under the most difficult circumstances.

The Gifts of Adversity is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle



Dr. Tran is a refugee and the first Vietnamese woman to earn a PhD in clinical psychology in America. She received her doctorate from Boston University and completed her internship at Harvard Medical School. She teaches at the UC Davis Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and has a private practice in Sacramento, California.

Her segment in the documentary series My Vietnam War Story, produced by PBS station KVIE and aired in conjunction with Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War documentary, was nominated for a Northern California Emmy in 2018.  She was also featured in a 2022 documentary by Retro Report entitled How the U.S. Has Treated Wartime Refugees:

Author: caroleetran

Carolee Tran Ph.D. is a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist, author and public speaker. A KVIE story - My Vietnam War Story - based on her escape experience was nominated for a Nothern California Emmy in 2017. She is working on a memoir about her experience as a Vietnamese refugee and clinical psychologist.

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