Psychoneuroimmunology of Risk and Disease Laboratory​​

The PNIRD lab is located in the Psychology department, at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.  VSU is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and a Historically Black College and University founded in 1882.  The University houses 45 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs within six colleges: The College of Agriculture; The College of Business; The College of Engineering and Technology; The College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS); The College of Education; and The College of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach.  Virginia State University is the only HBCU in the country that has a Ph.D. program in Clinical Health Psychology.

In the PNIRD lab, we conduct innovative research to determine the associations between biologically mechanistic, psychosocial, and behavioral outcomes that may influence prevention and intervention efforts for underrepresented minority health. This includes both immune and psychological (psychosocial and neurocognitive) health. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Larry Keen II, Ph.D., the PNIRD lab is built to provide a creative and enriching environment for both graduate and undergraduate students research efforts, as they embark on a career in biomedical sciences. ​