In the News

2018

Enrique Neblett Named Associate Editor of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
Dr. Enrique Neblett has been named an Associate Editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP).  CDEMP is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published by the American Psychological Association that publishes theoretical, conceptual, and empirical work focused on the psychological science of culture, ethnicity, and race. Dr. Neblett will serve as Associate Editor for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2019.

Henry Willis Awarded International OCD Foundation Research Grant
Congratulations to graduate scholar Henry Willis, whose proposal “Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in African American Young Adults: The Roles of Racial Discrimination and Racial Identity” has been selected for funding by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in the amount of $25,826. Willis’s project will examine the associations between racial discrimination, racial identity, and obsessive compulsive symptoms in African American young adults. Congratulations, Henry!

Effua Sosoo Awarded 2018 SPSSI Clara Mayo Grant
In July 2018, lab scholar Effua Sosoo was named a winner of the Spring 2018 Clara Mayo Award for her proposal “Psychophysiological Reactivity to Vicarious Discrimination”. The grant, sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), is a $1,000 award that funds master’s thesis or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice. SPSSI described Sosoo’s proposal as “outstanding” and “a fine example of SPSSI’s interest in applying research to significant social issues.” Congratulations, Effua!

Effua Sosoo Wins ABPsi Sage Award
Lab member Effua Sosoo was selected as a recipient of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) 2018 Sage Student Research Award. Each year, ABPsi, in conjunction with Sage Publications, recognizes students for conducting outstanding research. Effua was honored at this year’s Annual Convention of the Association of Black Psychologists in Oakland, California in late July. Congratulations, Effua!

Neblett selected for NIH study section
Enrique Neblett has been named a member of the Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health (MESH) Study Section for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Center for Scientific Review. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Members are chosen for demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline, as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors. Neblett will serve a four-year term effective July 1, 2018.

Henry Willis Selected for Rosa Swanson Award
Congratulations to lab member, Henry Willis, who is the recipient of the 2018 Rosa Swanson Award. The Rosa Swanson Award is presented annually to a student, staff, or faculty member within the Clinical Psychology Program who has helped foster a warm, supportive, and enjoyable professional environment. Congratulations, Henry!

Henry Willis Awarded Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to lab member Henry Willis, who is a recipient of a 2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship! Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and universities faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the education benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Congratulations, Henry!

Henry Willis Receives Institute of African American Research Grant
Graduate scholar Henry Willis has been awarded a 2018 Institute of African American Research (IAAR) Summer Research Grant. Willis’s project, “Developing a Mobile Health Application for African American Young Adults” will use client-centered research methods to inform the design of a mental health mobile application for treating African Americans with anxiety and/or depression. The award will enable Willis to conduct focus groups and create a prototype of the app. Award recipients will present results and progress on their projects in the 2018-2019 IAAR Graduate Student Brown Bag Lecture Series. Congratulations, Henry!

Neblett Talks with The 21st about Racism and the Health of Black Youth
What effect does racial discrimination have on the mental and physical health of African American youth? How do we protect ourselves mentally against racism? Professor Neblett recently sat down with Illinois Public Media’s The 21st, a new public radio show, to discuss these and other questions related to racism and health in Black youth. You can listen to the interview here.

Neblett Delivers 2018 Lyle Lanier Lecture and Keynote for Inaugural Illinois Diversity Summit
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has invited Dr. Enrique Neblett to present the annual Lyle Lanier lecture. Neblett’s talk, “Toward a Manifesto for Diverse Psychological Science” took place on Monday, March 26th. This lecture was also the keynote for the Illinois Summit on Diversity in Psychological Science. Professor Neblett argued that the only acceptable and legitimate form of psychological science is one that incorporates diversity. According to Neblett, diversity should not be a “special” topic or interest.

Donte Bernard Matches at Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami!
Congratulations to Donte Bernard, who successfully matched at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For his internship, Donte will complete the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program.

Neblett Featured Speaker at Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference
Professor Enrique Neblett was one of several leading psychologists to deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference (MICAMH). The MICAMH Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference that presents state-of-the-art, evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions for mental health and educational problems in children and adolescents. Neblett’s address was entitled “Racism and African American Youth Mental Health.” Listen to what Dr. Neblett had to say about his participation in the conference in this brief video!

Publication Alert: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the publication of a lead-authored manuscript by lab member Donte Bernard entitled, “Racial Discrimination, Racial Identity, and Impostor Phenomenon: A Profile Approach” in Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology (24:1). This study, co-authored by lab alumna Lori Hoggard and Enrique Neblett, used latent profile analysis to examine the longitudinal association between racial discrimination and the impostor phenomenon (IP) and the moderating influence of racial identity on this relationship in a sample of African American young adults. We identified four patterns of racial identity, and these patterns were associated with levels of impostor phenomenon over time. We conclude that IP is influenced by racial discrimination experiences as well as by the significance and meaning that individuals ascribe to being African American.

Neblett Elected to Society for Research on Adolescence Executive Council
Dr. Enrique Neblett has been elected to the SRA Executive Council as Member-At-Large! This honor reflects “the high regard that SRA and the field has for (Neblett’s) work” and “the view that (he) will be an important leader of SRA.” Dr. Neblett will serve on the EC immediately following the SRA conference in April 2018, and he will serve a four year term (until Spring 2022). Dr. Neblett is thrilled about the opportunity to join the Council and looks forward to serving in this important role! For more information about the newly elected EC members, please click here.

2017

Donte Bernard wins Gray-Little Award
Lab member Donte Bernard is the recipient of the 2017 Bernadette Gray-Little Award for Diversity Enhancement in Psychological Research. The purpose of this award is to encourage and honor students who make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge concerning issues that face diverse populations or that are of concern to diverse populations. Donte’s research examines the impostor phenomenon, or feelings of intellectual incompetence, among African American adolescents and emerging adults. Congratulations, Donte!

IAH Podcast Interviews Chapman Fellow Enrique Neblett
The UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities recently interviewed Professor Neblett about his research on racism and health for its podcast series. He also talked about his plans for his research leave and teaching moments than inspire him. The podcast can be heard here.

Publication Alert: Adolescent Research Review
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the online publication of a lead-authored manuscript by lab member Donte Bernard entitled, “A Culturally Informed Model of the Development of the Impostor Phenomenon Among African American Youth,” in Adolescent Research Review. This paper, as the title suggests, proposes a culturally-informed model for the development of impostor phenomenon in African American youth. The review highlights gaps in the current state of the literature and future directions for scholarly inquiry in this area. Congratulations, Donte!

Publication Alert: Adolescent Research Review
In collaboration with Drs. Bernadette Sánchez (De Paul University) and Noelle Hurd (UVA) and Danielle Vaclavik (DePaul University), we are pleased to announce the online publication of a collaborative project entitled, “Mentoring for Black Male Youth: A Systematic Review of the Research,” in Adolescent Research Review. This paper provides a review of the extant literature on mentoring for Black male youth.

Publication Alert: Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the publication of a manuscript entitled, “Future-Directions in Research on Racism-Related Stress and Racial-Ethnic Protective Factors for Black Youth,” in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (46:5). This paper, lead-authored by lab alumnus, Dr. Shawn Jones (University of Pennsylvania), provides a brief literature review of recent empirical findings pertaining to racism-related stress and racial-ethnic protective factors and offers recommendations for future research in this area. This was a fun paper to co-author, and we hope you will check it out!

Neblett Wins Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring
The University has announced the recipients of the 2017 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. Professor Neblett was selected as a recipient of this year’s award, which UNC’s Graduate school presents annually to a faculty member who has encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised. Dr. Neblett was honored at the Doctoral Hooding Commencement on Saturday, May, 13, 2017.

Sosoo Wins ABPsi Student Circle Graduate Research Award
Lab member Effua Sosoo was selected by the Association of Black Psychologists as the recipient of the 2017 Black Ribbon Scholarship Graduate Research Award, which funds graduate student research related to issues issues within the Black community, especially rigorous, innovative studies and proposals that might not otherwise be conducted without the award. Congratulations, Effua!

Publication Alert: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the online publication of a lead-authored manuscript by lab member Donte Bernard entitled, “Racial Discrimination, Racial Identity, and Impostor Phenomenon: A Profile Approach” in Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. This study used latent profile analysis to examine the longitudinal association between racial discrimination and the impostor phenomenon (IP) and the moderating influence of racial identity on this relationship in a sample of African American young adults. We identified four patterns of racial identity, and these patterns were associated with levels of impostor phenomenon over time. We conclude that IP is influenced by racial discrimination experiences as well as by the significance and meaning that individuals ascribe to being African American.

Bernard Awarded Baughman Dissertation Research Award
Congratulations to lab member, Donte Bernard, who is the recipient of a 2017 Baughman Dissertation Research Award. The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC offers the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award annually to two of the top researchers within the department to promote and support innovative dissertation research in the department. Donte won for his dissertation titled “The Impostor Phenomenon Among African American College Students: A Mixed Methods Investigation.”

Bernard Selected for Rosa Swanson Award
Congratulations to lab member, Donte Bernard, who is the recipient of the 2017 Rosa Swanson Award. The Rosa Swanson Award is presented annually to a student, staff, or faculty member within the Clinical Psychology Program who has helped foster a warm, supportive, and enjoyable professional environment. Way to go, Donte!

Sosoo Awarded NCPA President’s Award
Congratulations to lab member, Effua Sosoo, who is a recipient of the 2017 North Carolina Psychological Association’s President’s Award. Each year, the president of the NCPA presents an award to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions to NCPA or psychology in North Carolina. Effua and fellow clinical psychology graduate student, Jennifer Yi, won for their execution of the first-ever graduate student conference within the NCPA Annual Conference in 2016.

Sosoo Wins Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to Effua Sosoo, who was recently awarded a 2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship! Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and universities faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the education benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Bernard Selected for Excellence in Mentoring Award
Congratulations to Donte Bernard, recipient of a 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Student Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Student Excellence in Mentoring Award was established by the GPSF to recognize graduate and professional students at UNC Chapel Hill who exemplify excellence in mentoring other graduate and professional students. Well done, Donte!

Publication Alert: Journal of Counseling Psychology
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the publication of a lead-authored manuscript by lab member Donte Bernard entitled, “Impostor Phenomenon and Mental Health: The Influence of Racial Discrimination and Gender,” in the Journal of Counseling Psychology (64:2). This study, co-authored with Quiera Lige (University of Cincinnati) and fellow AAYWL members Henry Willis, Effua Sosoo, and Enrique Neblett, examined the role of gender and racial discrimination experiences on the relation between impostor phenomenon and psychological distress in African American young adults. The findings highlight important person-specific factors and race-related experiences to consider in the development of effective counseling interventions for high achieving African American women who experience the impostor phenomenon and related psychological distress.

Bernard Awarded Outstanding Student Diversity Research Award
Congratulations to Donte Bernard, who received the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology’s Outstanding Diversity Research Award. This award recognizes graduate students who have made exceptional contributions to diversity in clinical science. Applicants may be a member of a diverse group, engage in diversity-related research, or both.

Neblett Awarded Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Dr. Enrique Neblett, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, is a recipient of the 2017 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The Tanner Awards were created in 1952 to recognize excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students. Dr. Neblett won for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching on our campus and his exceptionally positive impact on the intellectual growth of his students. Dr. Neblett was recognized on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 during the half-time ceremony at the UNC-Pitt men’s basketball game in the Dean E. Smith Center.

2016

Willis Selected as 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar
Congratulations to lab member Henry Willis, who is a recipient of a 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholarship. The goal of Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students —students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a culture of health. Health Policy Research Scholars will complete their doctoral program concurrently and design and apply their health-policy-related work in new ways to meet the pressing needs of communities, collaborate with other scholars and professionals from diverse fields to create a healthier, more equitable future for all people, and develop profound leadership skills to advance a culture of health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. To learn more about Henry, please click here.

Bernard and Sosoo selected to attend PRBA Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop
Congratulations to Donte Bernard and Effua Sosoo who were recently selected to attend the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) Summer Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop at the University of Michigan. The primary objective of the workshop is to assist participants in facilitating their contributions to the quality and quantity of research that is conducted within the African American population. Leading faculty in African American social science research, as well as in the areas of social science methodology, will present information on a variety of subjects such as publishing in peer review journals, writing NIH grant proposals, and the tenure process, that will enhance participants’ research and will also be pertinent to their career pursuits in academia.

Publication Alert: Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review
The AAYWL is pleased to announce the publication of a manuscript entitled, “Racial-ethnic protective factors and mechanisms in psychosocial prevention and intervention programs for Black Youth,” in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review (19:2). This paper, co-authored by Shawn Jones and  Enrique Neblett, provides a critical assessment and synthesis of both basic and applied research on the integration of three racial-ethnic protective factors (racial identity, racial socialization, Africentric worldview) in psychosocial prevention and interventions programs for Black children and adolescents.

Lee Accepts NICHD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development
Congratulations to AAYW lab member Daniel Lee who was offered, and recently accepted, a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD). CHGD is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the advancement of research on children’s health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists. The goal of the training program is to prepare future leaders in the field of child development who will be poised to make substantial contributions to improving health and well-being in childhood by integrating biology, behavior, and intervention science. Lee will begin his new appointment in September 2016 upon completion of his predoctoral internship at the University of Miami.

Willis and Sosoo Receive Honorable Mention in 2015-2016 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Competition!
Congratulations to Henry Willis and Effua Sosoo,  both of whom were recognized by the Ford Foundation in the 2015-2016 annual Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Competition. This national competition recognizes applicants who have “demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”  Both received Honorable Mentions and Henry was selected as an Alternate in this year’s competition! Well done!

Effua Sosoo Awarded NSF Fellowship
Congratulations to Effua Sosoo, who was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Predoctoral Fellowship! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science.

Billingsley to Attend Graduate School at UVA in Fall 2016
Congratulations to AAYWL lab member Janelle Billingsley, who was recently accepted to the PhD program in Community Psychology at the University of Virginia. Billingsley will begin her doctoral studies at UVA this fall upon completion of her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University in May 2016.

Neblett Discusses 20th Anniversary of García Coll and Colleagues at Arizona State University
It’s been 20 years since the publication of García Coll and colleagues’ (1996) landmark integrative model for the study of developmental competencies in minority children! In early February, Arizona State University’s (ASU) T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, in conjunction with The Latino Resilience Enterprise, and ASU Department of Psychology, jointly hosted a meeting to discuss advances in developmental sciences in the study of minority youth since this seminal publication and to propose future directions for theory and empirical work. Neblett, Gilbert Gee (UCLA), Lisa Spanierman (ASU) and Eleanor Seaton (ASU) were panelists for Day 2’s opening session which focused on the impact of prejudice and discrimination on adjustment. Other topics discussed at the meeting included: the role of culture in development; the developement of LGBT, poor, and affluent youth; and colorblindness in psychological sciences.

Billingsley Selected as 2016 SRA Young Scholar!
Congratulations to Janelle Billingsley (North Carolina Central University), who was recently selected as a Young Scholar by the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Young Scholars Program. The Young Scholars Program is designed to encourage and support junior and senior undergraduate students from ethnic minority groups to pursue graduate work and careers in adolescent development. Scholars are chosen on the basis of impressive academic records, involvement in research, and strong motivation to succeed. Congratulations, Janelle, on this well-deserved honor!

AAYWL to Present Research at SRA Biennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD
Congratulations to lab members Donte Bernard and Janelle Billingsley, who recently had presentations accepted for the 2016 SRA Biennial Meeting to take place in Baltimore, MD this March. Janelle will present a poster entitled: “Racial Discrimination and Academic Outcomes: The Role of Social Support for African Americans at Predominately White University.” Donte will present a paper entitled: “Gender and Racial Discrimination as Moderators of the Association Between the Imposter Phenomenon and Mental Health” as part of a symposium entitled: “Examining Black Adolescents’ In-School Racial Discrimination Experiences: The Role of Gender and Class.”

2015

Neblett Invited to Serve on Research Board of National Mentoring Resource Center
The goal of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a program of the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring across the country by supporting youth mentoring practitioners. The NMRC Research Board is comprised of prominent researchers who have expertise in areas that are representative of the diversity in youth mentoring practice, and its primary role is to assess and report on the evidence that bears on the effectiveness of different mentoring programs, practices, and resources that are intended to promote positive youth outcomes, particularly those relating to prevention of delinquent behavior, victimization and juvenile justice system involvement. Neblett will provide expertise in African American youth mental health and well-being and contribute broad knowledge regarding culturally-adapted mentoring interventions for boys and young men of color.

AAYWL Graduates its First PhD!
Congratulations to Dr. Ashly Gaskin-Wasson, who was among the August 2015 PhD graduates in psychology and is the first PhD graduate and now alumna of the AAYWL! Ashly successfully defended her dissertation, “The Relationship Between Skin Tone and Psychological Adjustment: Exploring the Role of Racial Socialization” and completed her PhD degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester.

Welcome Effua Sosoo and Henry Willis!
We are pleased to welcome our newest graduate students and lab members, Effua Sosoo and Henry Willis, into the AAYWL! Effua received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Williams College and Henry joins us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia University. Both are currently first year students in the Clinical Psychology program (Child/Family Track). Welcome Henry and Effua!

Neblett Selected to Attend 2015 mHealth UCLA Summer Training Institute
Using mobile technologies to rapidly and accurately assess and modify behavior, biological states and contextual variables has great potential to transform medical research and patient care. In August 2015, Dr. Neblett will attend UCLA’s NIH-funded Summer Training institute, a week-long immersion program which will provide 30 selected academic and industry thought leaders with a core educational grounding in mHealth (i.e., mobile health) perspectives. The training will consist of: problem-based, team-science projects that build on the didactic core and allow trainees from disparate disciplines to apply their expertise jointly to a specific behavioral health problem; multi-mentoring of each team by experienced mentors grounded in different disciplines; “Real-world” input from industry experts on mHealth product development lifecycles; and a virtual collaborative platform to sustain synergistic interactions and research networks between mHTI graduates and help them develop transdisciplinary mHealth solutions.

Twelve Community-Academic Teams Selected for New CBPR Partnership Academy
The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) has selected 12 community academic-teams from across the U.S. to participate in the inaugural Community-Based participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy. Dr. Neblett, in conjunction with Strengthening the Black Family (STBF), Inc., will attend the new, year-long program designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in CBPR, with the aim of using this collaborative research approach to address racial and ethnic inequities in health in communities. Neblett and STBF will participate in a week-long intensive course taught by University of Michigan academic researchers and Detroit community partners and work together to develop and implement a joint CBPR research project focused on racial equity and mental health stigma in Black families residing in southeast Raleigh in early 2016.

Psychology Degrees Conferred in May 2015
Congratulations to AAYWL member Donte Bernard, who was among the Spring 2015 graduates in psychology. Donte successfully defended his thesis, “The Moderating Influence of Racial Identity Profiles on the Relationship Between Racial Discrimination and the Imposter Phenomenon” and completed his Master of Arts degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester. Congratulations, Donte!

Jones Wins Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship!
Congratulations to Shawn Jones, who was recently awarded a 2015 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship!  The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship competition recognizes students who have demonstrated superior scholarly competence and promise for future achievement as a scholar, research, and teacher in an institution of higher education! Jones is a former Ford Predoctoral Fellow and has now accomplished the rare and impressive feat of becoming a double Ford Fellow! Congratulations Shawn!

Jones Matches at University of California Los Angeles Semel Institute!
Congratulations to Shawn Jones, who successfully matched at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior! For his predoctoral internship, Shawn will complete the Child General Track.

Lee Matches at Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami!
Congratulations to Daniel Lee, who successfully matched at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For his predoctoral internship, Daniel will complete the Forensic Psychology Track.

2014

Bernard Awarded Ford Foundation and NSF Fellowships!
Congratulations to Donte Bernard, who was recently awarded predoctoral fellowships by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship recognizes students who have demonstrated superior scholarly competence and promise for future achievement as a scholar, research, and teacher in an institution of higher education! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science. Way to go Donte!

Gaskin Receives Honorable Mention in 2014 Ford Dissertation Fellowship Competition!
Congratulations to Ashly Gaskin, who was selected as an alternate and who received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Competition!

Gaskin Matches at Emory University Trauma Track!
Congratulations to Ashly Gaskin, who successfully matched at the Emory University School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)! For her predoctoral internship, Ashly will complete the Trauma Track, which consists of a year-long experience assessing and treating abused, suicidal, low-income African American women.

Neblett Wins Chapman Family Teaching Award
The University has announced the recipients of the 2014 University Teaching Awards, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence. Professor Neblett was selected as a recipient of the Chapman Family Teaching Award, which recognizes distinguished teaching of undergraduate students. The award conveys a semester’s leave during which the fellow works on a projects of his/her own choosing. As a Fellow, Neblett will conduct a project focusing on the integration of multiculturalism in teaching psychology. The project will consist of in-depth study/reading, conducting interviews with psychology faculty and students, and the development of a multicultural psychology course.

2013

Jones Selected as 2014 SRA Young Scholars Program Junior Mentor!
Congratulations to Shawn Jones, who was recently chosen by the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Young Scholars Program as a Junior Mentor. The Young Scholars Program is designed to encourage and support junior and senior undergraduate students from ethnic minority groups to pursue graduate work and careers in adolescent development. Shawn will work closely with two assigned scholars at the March 2014 SRA Biennial Meeting in Austin, Texas. Congratulations, Shawn, on this well-deserved honor!

Dr. Lori Hoggard joins AAYWL!
The AAYWL is thrilled to introduce and welcome Dr. Lori Hoggard to our team! Dr. Hoggard joins us from the University of Michigan as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and will work with the lab over the next two years to examine how racial discrimination impacts physiological functioning and psychological adjustment in African American young adults. Using a combination of experimental and physiological methods (e.g., ambulatory blood pressure), she plans to investigate affective and physiological  responses to discrimination in and out of the lab, as well as the role eating may play in mitigating the impact of racial discrimination on emotional and physiological outcomes. We are very pleased to welcome her to UNC and look forward to the results of her innovative and cutting-edge research!

Welcome Donte Bernard!
We are pleased to welcome our newest graduate student and lab member, Donte Bernard, into the AAYWL! Donte is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University and is currently a first year student in the Clinical Psychology program (Child/Family Track). His research interests include racism, discrimination, resilience, and the Imposter Phenomenon in racial and ethnic minority youth.

Summer Degrees Conferred in August 2013
Congratulations to AAYWL member Shawn Jones, who was among the August 2013 graduates in psychology. Shawn successfully defended his thesis, “Examining the Role of Racial Identity Priming on African American Youths’ Emotional Responses to Racism: Exposure in the Laboratory Setting,” and completed his Master of Arts degree requirements during the Spring 2012 semester.

AAYWL Presents Research at APA Annual Convention in Honolulu, HI
Enrique Neblett and graduate students, Ashly Gaskin, Shawn Jones, and Daniel Lee recently presented several independent and collaborative research projects at the 2013 APA Convention. Gaskin’s poster examined the mediating role of racial discrimination in the association between gender and racial socialization in African American emerging adults. Jones’ poster presented findings from an innovative study using iconic priming to examine the link between racial identity and emotional responses to vicarious racism, as part of an invited poster session entitled “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists.” Lee presented a poster examining the factor structure of the well-known Daily Life Experience Scale (Harrell, 1997). Neblett’s poster, a collaboration with Benjamin Cook (Center for Multicultural Mental Health), examined the moderating role of ethnic identity in the association between racial discrimination and mental disorder in African American and Afro-Caribbeans using data from the National Survey of American Life.

Jones Wins ABPsi Sage Award
Lab member Shawn Jones was selected as the recipient of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) 2013 Sage Student Research Award. Each year, ABPsi, in conjunction with Sage Publications, recognizes one student for conducting outstanding research. Shawn was honored at this year’s Annual Convention of the Association of Black Psychologists in New Orleans, LA in late July. He also presented his paper, entitled “Emotional Response Profiles to Racial Discrimination: Does Racial Identity Predict Affective Patterns?” (Jones, Lee, Gaskin, & Neblett, 2013), at a breakout session during the conference. Congratulations, Shawn!

Degrees Conferred at UNC Spring 2013 Commencement Exercises
Congratulations to AAYWL members: Timelie Horne, Darrius Jones, Angela Petrosa, and Natalie Wiggins for completing their undergraduate degree requirements during the Spring 2013 semester! We will miss you!

Gaskin Selected for Center for Developmental Science Predoctoral Fellowship
Lab member Ashly Gaskin has been selected as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) Predoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship, sponsored by an NIH training grant awarded to the Center for Developmental Science, is a competitive fellowship that provides 12 months of funding during the dissertation phase of the Fellow’s training! Congratulations, Ashly!

Publication Alert: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
We are pleased to announce the publication of a manuscript entitled, “Racial Identity Mediates the Association Between Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Depressive Symptoms,” in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (19:2). This paper, co-authored by Enrique Neblett, Kira Hudson Banks (Saint Louis University), Shauna Cooper (University of South Carolina) and Ciara Smalls-Glover (Georgia State University), examines the mediating role of racial identity in the association between racial socialization and psychological adjustment in a sample of African American emerging adults.

Jones and Gaskin win APA Student Travel Awards
Congratulations to lab members Ashly Gaskin and Shawn Jones who were recently selected as recipients of APA Student Travel Awards. Gaskin and Jones will use the funding to attend and present their research at the annual APA Convention in Honolulu, HI in July/August 2013.

Lee Wins SUTASA Teaching Award
Congratulations to lab member, Daniel Lee, who was selected as a recipient of an undergraduate teaching assistant award by the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA) Committee. These student-nominated awards recognize “outstanding undergraduate instruction” and recipients are chosen on the basis of “demonstrated teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside of the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.”  Daniel was recognized for this well-deserved honor
at the Chancellors’ Awards Ceremony in April 2013!

Neblett Chairs Center for Developmental Science Spring 2013 Consortium Series
Enrique Neblett will chair the Spring 2013 Carolina Consortium on Human Development Proseminar entitled: Developmental Mechanisms in Racial and Ethnic Minority Children and Youth. For more details about this exciting series, please click here. A list of speakers for the semester is available at: http://cds.web.unc.edu/consortium/previous-semesters/cchd-spring-2013/.

2012

Publication Alerts: Psychosomatic Medicine and Child Development Perspectives
We are pleased to announce two recent publications appearing in Psychosomatic Medicine (74:5) and Child Development Perspectives (6:3). The first paper, co-authored by Enrique Neblett and lab alumna Sierra E. Carter (University of Georgia), is entitled “The protective role of racial identity and Africentric worldview in the relationship between racial discrimination and blood pressure.” This paper examines the buffering effect of racial and cultural factors on blood pressure in the context of racial discrimination. The second paper, co-authored by Enrique Neblett, Deborah Rivas-Drake (Brown University) and Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor (Arizona State University), is entitled “The promise of racial and ethnic protective factors in promoting ethnic minority youth development.” This article summarizes emerging research trends and conclusions regarding the protective effects of racial and ethnic identity, ethnic-racial socialization, and cultural orientation and associated underlying mechanisms.

Summer Degrees Conferred in August 2012
Congratulations to AAYWL member Daniel Lee, who was among the August 2012 graduates in psychology. Daniel successfully defended his thesis entitled “The Role of Optimism and Religious Involvement  in the Relationship Between Race-Related Stress and Well Being” and completed his Master of Arts degree requirements during the Spring 2012 semester.

Degrees Conferred at UNC Spring 2012 Commencement Exercises
Congratulations to AAYWL members: Taylor Brower, Kanisha Coleman, Veronica Jackson, Jason Nelson, Renita Sengupta, and Ashly Gaskin for completing their undergraduate and Masters degree requirements during the Spring 2012 semester. Taylor, Kanisha, Veronica, Jason, and Renita completed their undergraduate studies and Ashly acquired her Master of Arts degree in Psychology!  Congratulations!

Neblett Awarded 2012 University Research Council (URC) Research Grant
The URC Small Grant Program approved the proposal “Racism-Related Stress and Health: Underlying Mechanisms and Processes”(Neblett: PI) for funding in early May 2012.URC administers both research and publication grants for faculty and professional librarians at Carolina with a maximum total award of $5,000.  The use of these grants is encouraged as a stepping stone for extramural support. As the name suggests, this proposal will examine mechanisms and processes by which racial discrimination might affect health in African American young adults. For additional details about the project, click here.

Shawn Jones Awarded Ford Fellowship; Ashly Gaskin and Daniel Lee Receive Honorable Mentions
Congratulations to Shawn Jones, Ashly Gaskin, and Daniel Lee, who were recently recognized by the Ford Foundation in the 2012 annual Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Competition, which recognizes applicants who have “demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.” Shawn was selected as a recipient of the Fellowship and will join the incoming class of Ford Fellows. Ashly and Daniel received Honorable Mentions in this year’s competition. Congratulations to all three!

2011

Shawn Jones Awarded APAGS Scholarship
In July 2011, Shawn Jones was named the 2011 winner of the Nancy B. Forest and  L. Michael Honaker Master’s Scholarship for Research in Psychology. The award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), is a $1,500 award that funds thesis research in the field of psychology at the Master’s level. APAGS noted that Jones was selected “after the careful and difficult review of a large number of impressive applications for this highly competitive scholarship.” Congratulations Shawn!

2010

William T. Grant Foundation Announces 2011 Scholars Award Finalists
In December 2010, Dr. Neblett was recognized as 1 of 11 finalists for the 2011 William T. Grant Scholars Program. This program supports early-career researchers who show great promise for advancing their respective fields in significant ways.

Neblett Receives Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Psychologist Enrique Neblett has received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to examine the effectiveness of youth mentoring on improving African American and Latino males’ health and social outcomes.

Enrique Neblett Receives Psychology Club Award
In 2010, Enrique Neblett was selected for the Psychology Club’s Faculty Research Mentor Award. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate research mentoring.

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