Kendra Mulder

The Strong Black Woman Schema: A Proactive Approach to Conceptualizing and Providing Mental Health Treatment for Black Women Who Identify with the Strong Black Woman Schema

Kendra Mulder is a Lexington native and Bryan Station High School graduate. Kendra received her undergraduate degree in Family Sciences in December of 2013, and her master’s in social work at the University of Kentucky in May 2019. Kendra also received her School Social Work Certification in May 2019. Kendra is currently a doctoral Candidate in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, with an estimated graduation date of May 2023. During her time in the Doctor Social work program, Kendra was inducted as a member of the Alpha Phi Honors Society. Kendra is also a National Association of Black Social Workers member, where she briefly served as the Second Vice President during the 2022-23 school year.

Kendra began her social work career as a Foster Care Specialist and went on to work for the Department of Community-Based Services as a family social worker. Upon graduating with her Masters in 2019, Kendra accepted a position with Fayette County Public Schools as a Mental Health Specialist. Kendra now serves as a Program Manager for Assessments and Referrals for Fayette County School’s District Student Support Team.

Kendra’s doctoral research focuses on mitigating psychological distress associated with the Strong Black Woman schema in Black Women while preserving the cultural values associated with identifying as a Strong Black Woman. Kendra is devoted to creating therapeutic spaces that provide culturally relevant support to minority populations and ensuring that all minorities have equitable access to mental health services, no matter their race, gender, or socioeconomic status.