E13: The Impact of Strong Black Woman Stereotype w/ Dominique Barnes-Walker

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Dominique Barnes-Walker, LSW, MSW is a Licensed Social Worker and an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist. Dominique works with a wide variety of individuals in therapy but loves working with people of color. She endorses several other skills within the field and as a research assistant, she focuses on engaging Black families in therapy. She has been my hero since the day we officially met. I spoke to her about her research when I was thinking about launching The Research Her podcast and was delighted to learn that her research focuses on Strong Black Woman Complex which is a topic greatly related to the mental and emotional wellbeing for many of us. She has been such a bright person in my life so it was honor interviewing her for the show.

Dominque grew up in Chicago and is a first-generation college student. She attended The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work then continued on to earn her Master of Social Work. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Adler University and her dissertation topic is titled “The Impact of Strong Black Woman Stereotype on Romantic Relationships.”

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Show sources:

The icon of the strong Black woman: The paradox of strength.

Carrying the world with the grace of a lady and the grit of a warrior: Deepening our understanding of the “Strong Black Woman” schema

Strong Black Women Need Therapy, Too