Director

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Terrinieka W. Powell, PhD (@DrTerriPowell on Twitter)

Associate Professor & Vice-Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE)

 

Dr. Terri is a trained Community Psychologist committed to improving adolescent health outcomes, with an extensive history of using community-engaged approaches and working with community partners (e.g., churches, libraries and youth-oriented CBOs) to conduct research. She has expertise in adolescent health, qualitative methods, intervention development and implementation science. She has collaborated with institutions across the country to promote educational attainment as well as prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance use among adolescents. She has over 40 publications and has been PI or Co-I on several externally funded grants that seek to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

 

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Trainees

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Emily received her B.S. in Health Behavior Science at the University of Delaware. Her research interests revolve around adolescent mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and providing education and resources to improve these health outcomes.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by striving to be a great mentor for youth, helping them connect and engage with each other”

Emily Davie, BS

MSPH Student & Research Assistant 

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Andrea received her B.S. in Public Health and minor in Psychology from the University of California San Diego. Her research interests include health education among vulnerable populations and improving the mental health and well-being of adolescents. 

"I support the B Lab vision by designing and promoting creative media initiatives to generate widespread knowledge on current adolescent health issues."

Andrea Hwang, BS

MSPH Student & Research Assistant 

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Olivia Kachingwe, PhD, MPH

(@DrOKachingwe on Twitter)

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Olivia received her B.A. in Health & Societies from University of Pennsylvania, MPH from Brown University and most recently her Ph.D from the University of Maryland. Her areas of interests revolve around adolescents and young adults, sexual and reproductive health, particularly Black fatherhood, and health disparities.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by helping to eliminate structural barriers to sexual and reproductive health and well-being resulting from systems of oppression, namely racism, homophobia, and sexism.”

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Quiana Lewis, MPH

(@quianajlewis on Twitter)

PhD Student & Research Assistant 

Quiana received her B.S. in Psychology from Fisk University and MPH from Yale University. Her research interests are in public health policy specific to families and housing, and its impacts on adolescent health.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by bringing a systems-change lens to identifying sustainable ways to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.”

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Ashleigh earned her B.A. in Communication and M.A. in Health & Risk Communication from Michigan State University. Recently, she received her Ph.D in Behavioral & Social Health Sciences from Brown University. Her research uses strengths-based and community-based approaches to improve the sexual and mental health of historically and currently marginalized youth in the US and abroad.

“I support the B Lab vision by contributing to research that will inform programs and policies aiming to reduce disparities in health outcomes among young people.”

Cassandra earned her B.S. in Psychology from Howard University. Her research interests include exploring the effects of socioeconomic disparities on the mental health of people of color and the influence of subcultures on personality development.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by listening to the stories of those around me, always being open to change, and passing on what I learn to others.”

Cassandra Berko, BS

BA Student & Administrative Assistant

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Susan received her A.A. in English Education from Howard County Community College, and is currently in the process of pursuing a B.A. in Education.

“I support the B-Lab by being the oil for the squeaky wheels - when someone needs support in an area, it's my job to step in to provide it; whether that be through copy & line editing, scheduling, problem-solving, or other general admin duties.”

Susan Neumyer

BA Student & Administrative Assistant

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Bianca received her B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University and MPH from University of Georgia. Her areas of research interest include health disparities, adolescent and young adult health, structural determinants of health, and social epidemiology.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by conducting research that aims to eliminate barriers to positive health and wellbeing for youth of color.”

Bianca Smith, MPH

(@-bianca_smith on Twitter)

PhD Student & Research Assistant 

FORMER TRAINEES

Kalai Willis, MSPH

Morgan Prioleau

Aliza Li

Lauren Hunt, BA

Tosheania Phoenix

Jordan Jenkins, BA

Ashleigh LoVette, PhD, MA

Asari Offiong, PhD, MPH

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

Enoch Pratt Libraries

Center for Adolescent Health

Pixie Photography, Breyanna Dabney

Rae Chesny, Literary Consultant

Avery Griffin, Videographer

CreatveXception (Web Design), Veronica Gibson