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Muriel Kennedy

My Calling

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have over 20 years of experience in working with diverse populations to include working with and advocating for vulnerable children, youth, young adults and their families.

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.

I have a very diverse clinical background, in that I’ve worked in school, home and community-based settings, at a pastoral counseling center and conducted forensic interviews with children suspected of being sexually abused. I also have worked as a multisystemic therapy consultant and extensively with military populations, as a military family life consultant and State behavioral health officer for the District of Columbia. Academically and administratively, I’ve taught at the university level and also served as an associate director of training.

In 2009, I was called to join the United States Army Reserve. I subsequently deployed to Afghanistan where I served as the officer-in-charge of a combat operational stress control clinic. In 2018, I was once again led to resign from a fulltime position in order to focus more fully on my writing while pursuing my passion and God-ordained purpose (which allowed me the time and flexibility needed to focus on building my business). I also was able to complete and publish the fourth book in the Jamaal series.

I began writing the Jamaal series, in 2000, with the first book in the series being published in 2006. The second and third books were published in 2007 and 2011, with the most recent book in the series being published in 2018. The Jamaal series is a compilation of true-to-life scenarios that was inspired by my experiences as a clinical psychologist in working with vulnerable children, youth and their families.

The books in the Jamaal series are experiential in nature with critical lessons being highlighted throughout the text. Books one, two, and three are written in dialogue format (i.e., as a play) with discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The books in the Jamaal series are therapeutic in nature and written in a manner in which anyone reading the books will be able to relate to some aspect of the story.

I have served in leadership positions with the East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. Board of Directors and The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. Executive Board at the local and National levels. I also have remained very active in various ministries at my church, with a history of working with the homeless and street ministry, counseling ministry, ministry of visitation and transportation ministry. I currently am active in the PUSH prayer ministry, usher ministry and veterans assistance ministry.

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