In particular, the CEHJ research lab focuses on intersections between mental health, oppression, and psychosocial factors, highlighting health outcomes. Some of our current research addresses internalized racism and perinatal health, mental health and leadership, resilience and healing strategies. We are most interested in promoting Black women's agency, self-determination, and authenticity.
Our research informs the development of deep structure interventions tailored to Black women. Our data is also used to assist health practitioners and providers to improve Black women's health care.
The CEHJ Research Lab is committed to building community-based and interdisciplinary collaborations with diverse community members, faculty, and other stakeholders to better understand and promote Black women's health and Black mental health. We are also committed to mentoring diverse students in research to provide opportunities for growth, realization, and collaborative teamwork.
Some of our current research includes:
Dr. Akila-Ka Ma’at, PI (publishes as Jennifer R. Warren)
Dr. Tianna Cobb, PI
Javonna Friend, Doctoral Candidate, Communication, CHSS
Breonna Riddick, Doctoral Candidate, Communication, CHSS
J. Robinson, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, CHSS
Ebtesam Haque, Doctoral Candidate, INSPRE Lab, Computer Science
Ashley Dawson, MPH, CHHS
Briana Dawson, MPH, CHHS
Patrick Koiner, Undergraduate, History, CHSS
Melissa M. Thurmond, Undergraduate, Criminology & Psychology
Noora Alvi, Neuroscience, Undergraduate OSCAR Student
Diana J. Ferrufino, GMU Alumna
Sahana Natarajan, MA Biomedical Engineering, CAAHDER Research Program Associate
Dr. Karen Grace, School of Nursing, GMU
Dr. Brittany Johnson-Mattews, INSPIRE Lab, Computer Science, GMU
Dr. Amira Roess, Epidemiology and Community Health, CHHS, GMU
Dr. Mignonne Guy, Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, VCU
Dr. Andrew Barnes, Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, VCU