Prof. John Egbeazien Oshodi was born in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria on June 8, 1959. He is the one of eight children and grew up in a law enforcement family with traditional roots. He completed his elementary and senior high school years in Nigeria. He came to United States of America and settled in Miami, Florida in 1982. He started his academic pursuit in April of 1982 at Miami-Dade Community College in Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (BS/MS) in Criminal Justice/Criminology from the Florida International University in 1983 and 1987 respectively. He attended the Carlos Albizu University (formally known as Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, Miami Institute of Psychology) in Miami, Florida, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy (PH.D.) in Clinical/Forensic Psychology degree with utmost distinction in April of 1991.
Prof. Oshodi became a licensed clinical/forensic psychologist in the State of Florida in 1993. His first job was as a dish washer at the Denny’s restaurant in Perrine, Florida (US 1) while in school followed by his first professional job as a rehabilitation therapist at the Dade Correctional Institute (Prison) in Florida City and then became a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Department Of Health and Rehabilitation Services (HRS). In 1993 he established The Oshodi Foundation, P.A. Center for Psychological and Forensic Services and his work largely covers inner cities and urban areas of South Florida.
He is a psychological consultant to various government agencies with a focus on adult/juvenile, disability, vocational and community mental health assessment and treatment. He has taught at various universities and colleges both internationally and in the United States and is the author of various books and articles, mostly in the area of the psychology of the black experience in continental Africa and America. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners (Psychology), a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners (Psychology), a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine (Psychology), and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is currently married to Marilyn Lightbourn-Oshodi and has 4 children.