Nasreen Rehmani, M.S.

Undergraduate Students

Briana Byrd

Larry Keen II, Ph.D.

Christina Butts

Lauren Rogers

Tori McArtis

Aja Gullatte

Dajah Scutchings

Zacura Cobbs, B.S.

Gwenna Blanden, Ph.D.

Anthony Myrie

Naej Noze

“I’m Davian Clifton. I’m a sophomore psychology major and this is my first year working with the PNIRD Lab. I intend on becoming a therapist and working with Black Queer Adolescents to help them deal with their mental health. “

Bria Clark

Micah Todd

Arlener D. Turner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Miami
(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.

Brianna Powell

Christen Priddie, Ph.D.

Camryn Bolden, B.S. 

Bridget Blackshear

Graduate Students

Ayanna Reid

Research Assistant

Research interests: Ayanna's research interests involve assessing behavioral expression in sexual minority populations. Ultimately Ayanna wants to be an art therapist.

Destine Williams

Alexis Morris

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interest: Alexis Morris' research interest includes exploring the associations among hemodynamic metrics (e.g. blood pressure and cardiac output), heart rate variability, and substance use among in African Americans. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician specializing in cardiology. 

Mara Ramirez Ruiz, M.S.

Kaya Brady

Research Assistant

​I am Kaya Brady a junior psychology major and I have been working with the PNIRD Lab for one year. My interests involve abnormal and developmental psychology. In the future I would like to be a Forensic Psychologist.

Bahati Bridges

Manuelene Deigh

Research Assistant

I am Manuelene Deigh, a senior psychology major and my interests involve exploring indivisible cognitive function, sleep quality, and cannabis use. In the near future I want to be a clinical neuropsychologist .

Davian Clifton

Research Assistant

Georgia Williams

Kimberly Lawrence, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychology

(804) 524-5447

Research interest: Dr. Lawrence’s research interests include investigating the impact of gender ideology, social constructs, and Intersectionality on mental health outcomes. Dr. Lawrence focuses her work on underrepresented communities including: African Americans, women and the LGBT+ community.  

Associate Professor in Psychology; PNIRD Lab Director

(804) 524-5523

Research Interest: Dr. Keen research interests include examining the psychoneuroimmunological influences of cannabis use and neurocognitive performance in community-based and young adult samples. Dr. Keen also has research interests in substance use patterns in young adults and their associations with psychological and autonomic nervous system markers.

Previous Students

Emma Quarles

Research Assistant

Research interests: Emma Quarles research interests involve traumatic brain injuries and pathology. How serious injuries to the head can affect daily and long-term development and mental health, specifically in young adult African Americans. 


Gabrielle Williams

Dominique Dover, M.S.


Psychoneuroimmunology of Risk and Disease Laboratory​​

Armoni Johnson

Lauren George, Ph.D.

Roderic Gibson

Courtney Williams

Diamond Adams

Graduate Research Assistant

My name is Diamond Adams I am a Graduate Research Assistant at Virginia State University majoring in Clinical Psychology. I have been working in the PNIRD Lab for two semesters now. With aspirations of specializing in Sports Psychology. I want to engage in Mental Health intervention with collegiate student athletes.