Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Troy Beyer (née Beyer; born November 7, 1964) is a psychologist, author, director, screenwriter and actress.
Beyer is a Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate, a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS), a certified HeartMath Trainer and she is certified in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (IOP). Beyer holds a master's degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Liberation, Community, and Eco-Psychology. In 2018, Beyer launched Mindcology Centers (affordable mental health care centers), and she co-founded Mindcology FItness (the ultimate mental weight loss program). Beyer's Mindcology practice includes a thriving private practice, leading Return2U workshops, Heartbreak Recovery workshops and working with groups and individuals in need of emotion regulation and stress reduction skills and best practices. Beyer also works closely with court assigned female domestic violence perpetrators.
Born in New York City to a Black mother and a white father, Beyer spent the first part of her career working in the entertainment industry. She began her acting career with a role on the children's program Sesame Street when she was just four years old. She studied acting and psychobiology at City University of New York's School for the Arts. After landing a bit part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), Beyer moved to Los Angeles, where she became a regular on the ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty in 1986, playing Jackie Deveraux, the daughter of Diahann Carroll's character Dominique Deveraux. She went on to earn ShoWest's Newcomer of the Year Award for her leading role in the feature Rooftops (1989).
Since then, Beyer has acted in features such as Disorderlies (1987), "The Five Heartbeats" as Babydoll (1991), Weekend at Bernie's II (1993), Eddie(1996) starring Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man (1998) starring Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey Jr., and John Q, (2002) starring Denzel Washington.
But it was in 1997 that she put her writing skills to use, making her screenwriting debut with B*A*P*S, starring Halle Berry. Unhappy with how her script had been changed during the course of filming, the following year she decided to direct her next screenplay, Let's Talk About Sex (1998), also playing a starring role. Beyer made a trailer and took it to the Sundance Film Festival, where she handed it out to film executives. The film was quickly picked up by Fine Line Features. She next wrote and directed Love Don't Co$t a Thing (2003) for Warner Brothers, based on the hit 1987 movie Can't Buy Me Love.
Beyer is an active member of Agape International Spiritual Center and an advocate for the foster care system, a system she once belonged to.
Beyer is also the author of the Amazon Best-Seller self-help books entitled "How To Be Ex-Free: 9 Keys To Happiness After Heartbreak" & "How To Be A Responsibly Powerful Bitch." She is the proud mother of a son, Jordan Burg on November 4, 1997. Her son's father is her ex-husband Mark Burg.