Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

May 10, 2019

Dominique Barnes-Walker 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.


Dominique 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."


Connect with Dominique:




Connect with Elissia:


Instagram: @TheResearchHer

Twitter: @TheResearchHer

Facebook: @TheResearchHer


Show sources:


The icon of the strong Black womanThe 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