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Natalie M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of Kentucky


Psychology and Mental Health; Sexual Health and Wellness; Yoga and Wellness


My name is Natalie Malone (she/her) and I am a counseling psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. I study Black women's sexual, spiritual, and holistic wellness. I apply my studies to the larger Black community and populations of Color because I am committed to us feeling like our best selves! I am a therapist, researcher, yoga teacher, and business owner! I am passionate about self discovery, awareness, love, and giving to the community. I love to travel, read books, and spend time with my family.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Studying Yoga as A Pathway for Black Queer Women's Sexual Wellness

This project will interview Black queer women with varying amounts of yoga experience and determining how practicing yoga benefits their sexual wellness and ability to have pleasurable sex. Secondary questions will ask how yoga benefits this population's mental health.

Teaching experience

I have five years of experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students - specifically students of Color. I have three years of teaching experience as a university professor, workshop facilitator, and guest lecturer across the U.S.


Work experience

Sexploration Project, Virginia Commonwealth University (2022 - Current)
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Impact
Center for Healing Racial Trauma (2022 - Current)
Psychology Intern


University of Kentucky
BA Bachelor of Arts (2018)
University of Kentucky
MS Master of Science (2020)
Counseling Psychology
University of Kentucky
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Counseling Psychology

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