The Story of
Muriel Kennedy, PhD
My Mission…My Ministry…My Calling
In elementary school it became apparent to me that I was struggling with reading, and I was placed in a special reading group along with a few of my peers. I took great pride in being pulled out of the larger group and placed in a subgroup in the classroom, having special attention given to my reading challenges. I was especially pleased that my academic needs were being addressed without my being stigmatized or feeling that I was not as smart as my peers who had mastered the art of reading. After being given the extra attention, I was promoted along with my peers, and I was able to thrive academically.
I am extremely blessed to have had an Algebra 1 teacher who believed in me and focused on my strengths in math and science.
These strengths allowed me to compensate for my challenges with reading, as I developed confidence in my ability to succeed at whatever I put my mind to. It is my life’s mission to inspire others to be the best that they can possibly be by equipping them with the necessary skills to successfully address challenges and overcome barriers that they may face across settings. The work that I do is my calling. I was called into the field of clinical psychology in 1990 which resulted in my resigning from my job as an engineer with the Department of the Navy, Charleston Naval Shipyard to pursue my advanced degrees in clinical psychology at Howard University. I, subsequently, received my Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in May of 1993 and December of 1995, respectively.