Educational Background

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) University of Michigan, 2006.
M.S. (Child Clinical Psychology) The Pennsylvania State University, 2001.
Sc.B. (Psychology) Brown University, 1996.

Professional Biography

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a former Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Lab Director of the African American Youth Wellness Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008-2019). Dr. Neblett’s research examines the link between racism and health in African American youth, and he has published articles in clinical, developmental, biological, applied, and multidisciplinary psychology outlets such as American Psychologist, the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent PsychologyChild Development, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP), Psychophysiology, Psychosomatic MedicineHealth Psychology, and the Journal of Black Psychology. He also has served as the Principal Investigator for several studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Neblett teaches courses on psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, African American psychology, racism, racial identity, and African American mental health, and intersectionality. Dr. Neblett is an Associate Editor for CDEMP and also sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Black Psychology. He  is also a former Chair of the 19th Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, a national conference that provides Black graduate students in psychology opportunities to present their research, gain professional development experiences, and network with faculty and other graduate students. In 2018, Dr. Neblett was appointed Director of Diversity Initiatives in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Dr. Neblett has been recognized by the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience on several occasions for excellence in teaching and mentoring. In 2014, he received the Chapman Family Teaching Award, and in 2017, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring – honors among UNC’s highest campus-wide recognitions for teaching and mentoring excellence. He also is a former recipient of the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, a two-year research and training award that was funded by NSF, at Howard University, to examine racial identity, coping with racism, and cardiovascular physiological responses to racism-related stress. Dr. Neblett is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Association of Black Psychologists.

Research Overview

The concept of race has always played an important role in the psychology of the African American experience. As far back as the early twentieth century, the work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark helped to highlight the important role that psychology could play in understanding the impact of prejudice and discrimination on American society. With the goal of understanding how African Americans negotiate the “race problem” (DuBois, 1909), Dr. Neblett’s research focuses on understanding the differential impact of racism-related stress experiences on African American and ethnic minority youths’ health outcomes and overall wellness. Current work adopts developmental psychopathology and risk and resilience frameworks to explore underlying protective and vulnerability mechanisms and pathways in the relation between racism-related stress and impairment in youths’ academic, social, and mental and physical health outcomes. Dr. Neblett’s research program has focused on the moderating and mediating influences of racial identity, racial socialization, Africentric worldview, and physiological functioning and reactivity, and seeks to lay the foundation for the development of culturally-informed interventions that will promote the mental health of racial and ethnic minority youth.

Representative Publications

Neblett, E.W., Jr. (2019). Racism and health: Challenges and future directions in behavioral and psychological research. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25(1), 12-20.

Jones, S.C.T., & Neblett, E.W. (2017). Future directions in research on racism-related stress and racial-ethnic protective factors for Black youth. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology46(5), 754-766. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1146991

Neblett, E.W., Jr., & Roberts, S.O. (2013). Racial identity and autonomic responses to racial discrimination. Psychophysiology, 50(10), 943-953.

Neblett, E.W., Jr., Rivas-Drake, D., & Umaña-Taylor, A.J. (2012). The promise of racial and ethnic protective factors in promoting ethnic minority youth development. Child Development Perspectives, 6(3), 295-303.

Neblett, E.W., Jr., & Carter, S.E. (2012). The protective role of racial identity and Africentric worldview in the relationship between racial discrimination and blood pressure. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(5), 509-516.

Neblett, E.W., Jr., White, R.W., Ford, K.R., Philip, C.L., Nguyên, H.X., & Sellers, R.M. (2008). Patterns of racial socialization and psychological adjustment: Can parental communications about race reduce the impact of racial discrimination? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18(3), 477-515

Neblett, E.W., Jr., Philip, C.L., Cogburn, C.D., & Sellers, R.M. (2006). African American adolescents’ discrimination experiences and academic achievement: Racial socialization as a cultural compensatory and protective factor. Journal of Black Psychology, 32(2), 199-218

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