Kimberly Lee-Okonya

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Lee-Okonya is the owner and Executive Director of a mental health and wellness private practice, showcasing her commitment to the field. Her extensive clinical experience spans diverse settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities, universities, and community settings. Notably, she has conducted substantial research in the critical areas of Black maternal health, mental health, and community health, contributing valuable insights to these domains. Dr. Lee-Okonya's multifaceted professional background exemplifies her dedication to advancing social work and mental health with a focus on research, clinical practice, and academic contribution. Dr. Lee-Okonya serves as a Board Member for Postpartum Support International (Georgia chapter), has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2008 and was inducted into Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society in 2007 and Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society in 2021 along with multiple other prestigious professional affiliations and honor societies. She lives in Georgia and has been married to her husband 10+ years; they have two children and love to travel. Her favorite color is purple, and she enjoys reading, writing, cooking new recipes and spending time in nature.


DSW, The University of Alabama

MSW, The University of Georgia

BS, Georgia Southern University

Public Service

Postpartum Support International-Georgia chapter, Board Member -

Awards / Honors

Doctor of Social Work Contribution to Social Work Education Award and Recognition, The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa School of Social Work, 2021


Lee-Okonya, K. (2022). Exploring the feasibility of adapting and implementing an effective postpartum depression evidence-based treatment intervention for African American mothers. .