Dr. Kendrea C. Hart is committed to strengthening social connections within families and communities to support youth in navigating challenges and igniting their sparks. She is known for her ardent advocacy for youth with disabilities, mental illness, and environmental psychosocial stressors. Her two-decade career as a school psychologist expands several areas, including education, public health at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), juvenile justice, and nonprofit and community-based agencies in the U.S. Southeastern and Western regions.
Dr. Hart’s unique insights and conversational style presentations make her a highly sought-after speaker at forums organized for parents, educators, and youth-serving professionals. She is also adept at assisting organizations in developing and fortifying programs and policies to address negative environmental factors for positive youth wellbeing.
Dr. Hart earned a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College, magna cum laude, a master’s in school psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology from North Carolina State University. She is the founder of Mzima Youth Development and Wellness Consulting, a diverse, cross-sector network of youth development consultants, and a partner in the Youth SPRING Collaborative, which produces media and seminars for parents and teachers. She has been a consultant for L.A. Parent Magazine and featured in a districtwide information video on KLCS, a tertiary of PBS. Dr. Hart has served as a school psychologist for large urban school districts in the Southeast and West Coast and an adjunct lecturer at North Carolina State University.