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She received her B.S. from Towson University, her nursing degrees from Essex Community College (A.D.N) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (B.S.N.), and her Ph.D. in Nursing from Duke University. Her research examines the impact of social, structural, and institutional factors that contribute to the health disparities for Black adolescents and young adults, particularly sexual and gender minority youth. 

"I support the B Lab vision by bringing a health equity lens to examine how lifetime experiences with violence impacts the sexual health of Black adolescent and young adult and their ability to access timely care."

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.”

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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Nancy received her B.A in Psychology from the University of Louisville and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville. Her research interest focuses on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of mental health illness and how it affects physical and reproductive health outcomes of “vulnerable” populations, specifically Black families.

"I support the B-Lab vision by adding a mental health component to help identify and better understand adolescent behaviors in order to promote a healthy state of wellbeing."

Nancy Adane, M.Ed.

Research Assistant 

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Bailey earned her BA in Sociology from Spelman College and MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research interests include digital interventions, chronic disease prevention, gender equity, and suicidality among Black and Latinx youth and young adults.

 

“I support the B Lab vision by improving minority health and advancing innovative interventions that promote positive health outcomes for adolescents.”

Bailey Holmes Spencer, MPH

PhD Student & Research Assistant 

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Aris received her BS in Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests include reproductive and perinatal health disparities, CBPR-informed interventions, and health equity. 

 

"I support the B Lab vision by supporting research that aims to uplift younger generations by partnering with communities to break down barriers to holistic health and opportunity."

Aris Stovall, BS

MSPH Student & Research Assistant 

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Naya received her B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests revolve around adolescent physical and sexual health, urban health, health literacy, and health education. 

 

“I support the B Lab vision by connecting with youth, mentors and partners to create a safe space of learning and collaboration, to support adolescent health as best I can. ”

Naya Moser, BA

MSPH Student & Research 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, PhD, MPH

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Post-Doctoral Fellow  

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Adrija received her B.S. in Human Biology and Society from UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Her research interest include social epidemiology and maternal/child health.

“I support the B Lab vision by working alongside passionate, mission-driven researchers in the field of public health who are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of young people.”

Adrija Chakrabarty, BS

MSPH Student & Research Assistant 

FORMER TRAINEES

Joyell Arscott, PhD, RN, ACRN

Cassandra Berko, BS

Emily Davie, MSPH

Lauren Hunt, BA

Andrea Hwang, MSPH

Jordan Jenkins, BA

Olivia Kachingwe, PhD, MPH

Aliza Li

Ashleigh LoVette, PhD, MA

Susan Neumyer

Asari Offiong, PhD, MPH

Tosheania Phoenix

Morgan Prioleau

Kalai Willis, MSPH

Quiana Lewis, 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  

Cleos Studios (Animation), Chevez Sanchez and Tyler Holmes

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