Heather Kennedy

Heather Kennedy

PhD Student

  • Doctoral Students
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • The Bridge Project


children and youth, civic and community engagement, community organizing and community development, evidenced-based practice/implementation science, health and wellness, intervention research, marginalized populations, public policy, social justice

Professional Biography

Heather Kennedy, MPH, is a justice-oriented youth engagement activist and scholar. Kennedy has over 10 years of professional experience in youth empowerment, youth organizing, community mobilization, social action and youth policy advocacy. She supports youth in tackling a variety of social issues including mental health, racism, tobacco control and healthy eating and active living. Kennedy is a proponent of youth policy advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.

At the Graduate School of Social Work, Kennedy's dissertation explores how youth participatory action research creates conditions for positive and transformative intergroup contact between youth and adults. She argues that young people are ready to lead and that adults are often unwilling or unable to give up the power or control to provide youth meaningful opportunities to take the reins. Kennedy speaks and writes about disrupting adultism, or the systematic subordination of young people.


  • MPH, University of Colorado

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