Nadia Richardson

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Nadia Richardson

Nadia M. Richardson (born c. 1978) is an educator and consultant, and the founder and chief executive officer of the national nonprofit Black Women's Mental Health Institute (formerly the No More Martyrs Sisterhood Support Collective), which provides counseling to individuals and supports internships for prospective mental health professionals.

Richardson earned a bachelor of arts in communications management and international affairs at UAB in 2001. She completed an executive certificate in nonprofit management at Georgetown University in 2003 and then completed a master of arts in higher education administration at UAB in 2005. She went on to conduct research at the University of Alabama College of Education and completed a Ph.D. in higher education administration at UAB, in 2012. Since then she has offered herself as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultant, speaker, advocate and educator through her Valenrich Wellness LLC consulting business.

Richardson has worked in several program roles at UAB and Alabama, with an emphasis on opportunities for students to experience different cultures through events and studying abroad. In 2010 she served as coordinator of the Tide Together mentoring program, and then in 2011 worked as interim coordinator of leadership at UAB. In 2014 she was hired as associate director of the UAB Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. In 2017 she was hired by the American Heart Association Birmingham as its Director of Multicultural Initiatives. Richardson is also an adjunct professor of biomedical sciences in the Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions.

Drawing from her own mental health experiences, Richardson founded No More Martyrs as a Fecebook group in 2014 and organized the first Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit in Birmingham in 2016. She transitioned that venture into a nonprofit organization in January 2023.

Richardson was divorced from George Richardson in 2022.


  • Daniel, Nicole S. (March 29, 2023) "Birmingham’s Dr. Nadia Richardson: In Forefront of the Black Wellness Renaissance." The Birmingham Times

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