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Psychoneuroimmunology of Risk and Disease Laboratory​​

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    The purpose of this study is two fold: 1) To assess the prevalence of substance use disorders and substance use addiction processes 2) to determine the association between substance use disorders and traumatic experiences in students attending a Historically Black College or University. This study includes assessments of substance use disorders, self-reported traumatic experiences, global cognitive function, mood, and more. The SPADE Study began data collection in Fall 2016 and has over 125 participants.




For more information about the study or you would like to participate, please contact our research team at thespadestudy@gmail.com.

The Checkpoint Survey Study


    The purpose of this study is to explore the potential psychosocial factors associated with substance use in students attending a Historically Black College or University. This study includes various psychological and epidemiological measures, including depressive symptomatology, sexual risk factors, ethnicity, quality of life, mindfulness and more. The Checkpoint Survey Study currently has over 1,200 participants, as data collection continues.  


For more information about the study or you would like to participate, please contact our research team at dr.keenstudy@gmail.com.




    The purpose of this study is to examine the potential influence of racial discrimination, social support, and executive function on HIV-related immune function. The sample is comprised of 100 heterosexual African Americans/Blacks living with HIV, including 50 males and 50 females. This study included urine drug screen, venipuncture, semi-structured interviews recording brief medical history, psychosocial factors and neurocognitive assessments. This study has now completed and we are analyzing the data.


For more information or to potentially collaborate, feel free to contact Dr. Keen at lkeen@vsu.edu. ​This project was funded by Columbia University, via the National Institute of Mental Health (5 R25 MH080665-06)

​​​The Neuropsych Study

The Effects of Racial Discrimination, Social Support, and Executive Function on HIV Health Outcomes in HIV Positive Heterosexual Black Men.

The Substance use Patterns and Disorders Evaluation

(SPADE) Study

    The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of depressive symptoms and psychosocial factors on neuropsychological performance in college students. This study consists of self-report questionnaires, a semi-structured interview, and neuropsychological assessments to measure depressive symptoms, eating behaviors, substance use, personality traits, stress, and neuropsychological performance. The Neuropsych Study began data collection in January 2017 and has over 150 participants.


For more information, please contact our research team at theneuropsychstudy@gmail.com