Assistant Professor in Psychology; PNIRD Lab Director

(804) 524-5523

Research Interest: Dr. Keen research interests include examining the psychoneuroimmunological influences of substance use on HIV-related immunity in HIV+ African Americans. Dr. Keen also has research interests in substance use patterns in young adults and their associations with psychological and immune markers.

Christen Priddie, M.S.

Naej Noze

Georgia Williams

Undergraduate Students

Courtney Williams


Christina Butts

Dominique Dover, B.S.

As a second year, Clinical Psychology master’s student at Virginia State University. I am interested in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays. I want to assist children with mental illnesses and limitations with executive and adaptive function. Hopefully in my future research, I will be able to learn more about autism and other developmental disorders and the most effective ways to treat children.

Larry Keen II, Ph.D.

Roderic Gibson

Armoni Johnson

Previous Students

Bria Clark

Dajah Scutchings

Micah Todd

Lauren George, M.S.

As a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology program at Virginia State University, my research and clinical interests include executive function, depression, and risk factors of neurodegenerative disorders in the adult and elderly populations. My goal is to work with the adult and geriatric populations with neurodegenerative disorders, providing neuropsychological assessment and contributing to preventative research for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Graduate Students

Arlener D. Turner, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor in Psychology
(773) 339-1797

Research interest: Dr. Turner's research interest involves chronic conditions of aging that disproportionally affect older African Americans, such as depression and HIV. Dr. Turner also has interests in psychoneuroimmunological influences on individuals living with HIV and the aging population.

Bahati Bridges

Bridget Blackshear

Aja Gullatte

Mara Ramirez Ruiz, B.A.

Lauren Rogers

Gabrielle Williams

Nasreen Rehmani

Destine Williams


Psychoneuroimmunology of Risk and Disease Laboratory​​

Brianna Powell

Toni Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Psychology

(804) 524-5523

Research interest: Dr. Harris examines individual and familial factors that contribute to healthy food and beverage consumption.  She is also interested in familial and environmental predictors of cognitive outcomes in early childhood.

Gwenna Blanden, M.S.

As a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Health Psychology program at Virginia State University, my primary focus is become a well-rounded clinician by sharpening my clinical assessment skills and gaining experience with minority youth, adolescents, and young adults. My research interests are revolved around traumatic experiences and childhood delinquency and how they influence subsequent mental health and quality of life. My overall goal is to utilize my skills and experiences obtained during my clinical training inside and outside of the classroom to become a licensed child clinical psychologist working with traumatized and at risk youth.

Danielle Gamble, B.S.

As a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Health Psychology program at VSU, my research and clinical interests include childhood abuse, interpersonal trauma and their biobehavioral influence on children and adolescents. My goal is to become an adolescent clinical psychologist, performing and administering childhood sexual abuse treatment and prevention methods.

Matthew Bradford, B.A.

I am a first year Master's student in the General Psychology program at VSU. My interests include substance use (primarily marijuana use) and neurocognitive performance. My goal is to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist and develop tailored substance use interventions in order to prevent neurocognitive decline.