Dr. Lenese Stephens | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 6)

Dr. Lenese Stephens

An Interview with Dr. Anah: Black women deserve all their love, recognition, and respect- All. Their. Flowers. We amplify Black women Doctoral voices, and celebrate their works both in academia, and the community.

“Dr. Stephen is amazing, and doing wonderful things with making mental health more accessible to vulnerable communities. She truly was a joy to interview. Dr. Stephens talks about some of her obstacles along the path of getting her doctorate, and she also shares about the importance of God in her life, her ‘doctor tribe’ and exercise; as important ways she coped with the stressors of getting her doctorate. Such a lovely woman! I wish you continued success in all that you do, Dr. Stephens! Thank you so very much for your time and grace.” -Dr. Anah

About Dr. Stephens:

Dr. Stephens is a native of Alexandria, Virginia attending the well known TC Williams High School (the movie, “Remember the Titans is a movie about her high school and how they addressed sports segregation).   All of her honorary degrees were received from George Mason University and Argosy University with her doctorate research focusing on the quality of life for overweight African American women in higher education. Outside of her identified research, she received many awards to include Counselor of the Year, Top 40 under 40 recognition, Black Excellence awards to name a few. She has been featured on essence.com speaking about the mental health of black women during the current COVID pandemic, various publishing materials discussing the importance of remaining a form of daily exercise throughout times of high stress and to address any mental health symptoms.

With becoming a well competent mental health counselor in 2019, after years of attending spin classes at her local gyms in Maryland she opted to be brave and secure her spin certification.  This achievement is very close and special to her given our culture’s perception and understanding of what health and fitness is to be.  With this certification she is now one of her area’s first plus size spin instructor.

Dr. Stephens is a woman who believes in having a spiritual foundation along with assisting people reach their highest and fullest desires of their heart. She is a voice for the voiceless, a cheerleader for those needing the encouragement and is always open to educate others! Her spiritual faith is an important factor that adds to the overall quality of her life, along with exercise and enjoying time with friends and family…oh and shopping (*smiling*)!