Graduate Student, Community Research and Action
Program: Community Research and Action
Admission Year: 2017
Kymberly Byrd is interested in the application of the social ecological model within social enterprises. She hopes to explore the interplay between the intrapersonal and interpersonal wellbeing of social enterprise employees and organizational effectiveness. She is interested in conducting this research among social enterprises employing individuals with limited access to employment opportunities, such as individuals who were formerly incarcerated.
Kymberly obtained undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Spanish from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and graduate degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University. Prior to Vanderbilt, she served as Project Manager at Vital Village Network, a network of community residents and community-based organizations committed to maximizing child, family, and community wellbeing. Kymberly has research and evaluation experience in homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, faith-based community organizing, and community engagement.