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.
Lauren George, Ph.D.
Gwenna Blanden, Ph.D.
Nasreen Rehmani, M.S.
Christen Priddie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Psychology; PNIRD Lab Director
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.
Larry Keen II, Ph.D.
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.
Psychoneuroimmunology of Risk and Disease Laboratory
Kimberly Lawrence, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychology
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.
Arlener D. Turner, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Miami
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.
Dominique Dover, M.S.
Research interests: Zacura Cobbs research interests involve assessing individuals in the legal system; specifically why individuals commit crimes, the probability of committing another crime, and their mental status.