Kimberly Ashby is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College. She received her BA in Psychology and Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University and her MA in Counseling Theories at Boston College. She is a graduate student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race).
Kimberly joined the ISPRC team in the fall of 2012. Her current research interests include Black female college students' persepctives on and experiences with mental illness, mental health treatment, and self-care, as well as the invisibility of Black women and girls. Kimberly has also conducted research on intergroup dialogue, multiracial identity development, and colorism among Black women.
Kimberly’s clinical experience includes working with diverse students as a college counselor at Salem State University, Wellesley College, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Kimberly also has experience as a mental health case manager in a scattered site, New York City housing program, working primarily with racial minorities and low SES populations.
Kimberly participates in various forms of anti-racist activism and acts as the Visuals Co-coordinator of Eradicate Boston College Racism (EBCR), a student activist collective that combats institutional racism at Boston College and beyond.
Kimberly is also a visual artist and singer-songwriter. She uses her passion for the arts as a tool in her clinical work and activism.