Faculty Research and Contact

Dr. Maya Corneille


Collective Health and Education Equity Research Lab (Science Building Room 223)


Dr. Maya Corneille is the co-director of the Collective Health and Education Equity Research (CHEER) Lab.  The CHEER Lab seeks to (1) build knowledge and collective action plans to enhance Black wellness and educational opportunities, (2) identify strategies to dismantle structural inequalities, and (3) understand ways to build upon collective strengths in the Black community.  My work uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine reducing the negative impacts of racism and sexism on sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, cardiovascular health, and education leadership. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Selected Publications

Lee, A. K., Corneille, M. A., Hall, N. M., Yancu, C. N., & Myers, M. (2016). The stressors of being young and Black: Cardiovascular health and Black young adults. Psychology & health31(5), 578-591.

Corneille, M., Lee, A., Britton, R., & Barker, J. C. (2015). " There’s more to us than this:" A qualitative study of Black young adults’ perceptions of media portrayals of HIV. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice8(4), 5.

Corneille, M., Younge, S., Lyde, M., & Cannady, J. (2013) The Paradox of Risk:Historically Black College/ University Students and Sexual Health.  Journal of American College Health, 61, 5.

Dr. Phyllis Ford-Booker


Neuropsychology Lab (Science Building Room 363)


As a neuropsychologist, I have conducted both clinical and experiment work in the field. My primary research interest is cognitive and emotional changes associated with cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease. My neuropsychology lab is located in the Science Building here at A&T State University. My Collaborators, students, and I are current conducting research on the cognitive and emotional changes associated with Alzheimer’s dementia. We recently presented some of our data at the Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting entitled “Knowledge of Dementia and Attitudes towards Caregiving by Millennials”. I am currently a collaborator on an interdisciplinary research grant entitled “Tiered and Peer Mentoring to Develop Non-cognitive Skills in STEM Students”. Some of the courses I teach include neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, abnormal psychology, statistics, psychological testing, and research methods. I am continually seeking additional funding to support the research and students in the neuropsychology lab.


Dr. Marvin Hall


Leadership Lab (Science Building Room 371)


My research interest is in how we communicate with others and how it can directly impact the relationships we develop in life. It is my desire to continue to write books to exhibit and display creativity and innovation at the highest level to help promote better communication and relationships. In addition my research interest is how leadership impacts communication and relationships across culture, gender, race and ethnic backgrounds.

Selected Publications

"A Call to Leadership," "Back to the Basics: The Essence of Communication in Relationships," "Domestic Violence Through the Eyes of a Woman and Child," Medications and Living a Healthy Life Style," "Pertinent Information on Alzheimer's Disease," "The blended Family in the 21st Century," "Parent to Parent to Child Relationships," and "Understanding, Coping with and Overcoming Stress."

Dr. Dawn X. Henderson


Collective Health and Equity Research Lab (Science Building 361)

Dr. Dawn X. Henderson is the co-director of the Collective Health and Education Equity Research (CHEER) Lab.  As the co-director of CHEER I seek to engage in research that examines the role of community and school-based interventions in promoting resilience and psychosocial development among Black and Latino adolescents. My current research examines race-related trauma in the public education system and implications on mental health and coping response. I employ qualitative and quantitative methodologies in systems level analysis  in order to guide the development of practices and prevention across communities and schools.

Selected Publications

Henderson, D. X. , DeCuir-Gunby, J., & Gill, V. (2016). “It really takes a village”: A socioecological model of resilience for prevention among economically disadvantaged ethnic minority youth. Journal of Primary Prevention doi: 10.1007/s10935-016-0446-3

Henderson, D. X. , & McClinton, J. (2016 ). A qualitative exploration of suspended youths’ social connectedness in a community-based intervention program. Child & Youth Services doi: 10.1080/0145935X.2015.1083402

Henderson, D. X ., & Barnes, R. D. (2015). Exploring dimensions of social inclusion among students in alternative learning centres in the United States. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 117, 726-742doi:10.1080/13603116.2015.1111444

Dr. Alvin Keyes


Cognitive Neuroscience and Information Processing Laboratory (Science Building Room 227)



Dr. Anna K. Lee


Collective Health and Education Equity Research Lab (Science Building Room 221)


My over-arching research focus is on the impact of structural inequities (i.e., racism, sexism, discrimination and stigma) on health and education outcomes among people of color. As co-director of the Collective Health and Education Equity Research (CHEER) Lab, I am actively conducting research on structural inequities in health and education. Recent projects include examining masculinity, racism and health outcomes among Black males, and examining gendered racism, sexism and advancement of women of color in the academy. My work has been funded by the Minority Male Health Initiative and the National Science Foundation. I publish the results of my work in peer reviewed journals and consistently pursue research grants.

Selected Publications 

Lee, A. K., Corneille, M. A., Hall, N. M., Yancu, C. N., & Myers, M. (2016). The stressors of being young and Black: Cardiovascular health and Black young adults. Psychology & health31(5), 578-591.

Corneille, M., Lee, A., Britton, R., & Barker, J. C. (2015). " There’s more to us than this:" A qualitative study of Black young adults’ perceptions of media portrayals of HIV. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice8(4), 5.

Hall, N.M., Lee, A.K. & Witherspoon, D.D. (2014). Factors influencing dating experiences among African American emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood. Emerging Adulthood 2 (3), 184-194.

Dr. Antoinette Maldonado-Devincci


Neurobehavioral Pharmacology Lab (Science Building Room 222)


Dr. Antoniette Maldonado-Devincci, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, received the 2016-2017 College of Health Sciences Research Excellence Rookie of the Year Award. During the 2016 academic year, Dr. Maldonado-Devincci received an NC TraCS award and was selected by NC TraCS as NC A&T State University’s K Scholar. She will be investigating the impact of adolescent binge alcohol exposure on long-term changes in alcohol drinking, behavior, and brain functioning. This is a career development program for early-career researchers funded by NC TraCS. NC TraCS is the integrated home of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at UNC-CH. It is supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant 1UL1TR001111. The CTSA program is led by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). In addition to the K award, Dr. Dr. Maldonado-Devincci has amassed 19 publications (3 since her appointment at NC A&T) and 88 presentations.

Selected Publications

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Kampov-Polevoi, A., McKinley, R.E., Morrow, D.H., O’Buckley, T.K, and Morrow, A.L.  2016. Chronic intermittent ethanol exposure alters stress effects on (3α,5α)-3-hydroxy-pregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) immunolabeling of amygdala neurons in C57BL/6J mice. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, in press.  PMC4777881

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Cook, J.B., O’Buckley, T.K., Morrow, D.H., McKinley, R.E., Lopez, M.F., Becker, H.C. and Morrow, A.L.  2014.  Chronic intermittent ethanol exposure and withdrawal alters (3α,5α)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one immunostaining in cortical and limbic brain regions of C57BL/6J mice.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(10), 2561-2571.  PMC4211975

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Beattie, M.C., Morrow, D.H., McKinley, R.E., Cook, J.B., O’Buckley, T.K., and Morrow, A.L.  2014.  Reduction of circulating and selective limbic brain levels of (3α,5α)-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) following forced swim stress in C57BL/6J mice.  Psychopharmacology, 231, 3281-3292.  PMC4335654

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Badanich, K.A., and Kirstein, C.L.  2010.  Alcohol during adolescence selectively alters immediate and long-term behavior and neurochemistry.  Alcohol, 44(1), 57-66PMC4199380

Maldonado-Devincci, A.M., Alipour, K.K., Michael, L.A., and Kirstein, C.L.  2010.  Repeated binge ethanol exposure during adolescence enhances voluntary ethanol intake in adulthood in male and female rats.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 96(4), 476-487. PMC4197847

Dr. George S. Robinson, Jr.


Sensory and Cognitive Neuroelectrophysiology Laboratory (Science Building Room 365)


My research interest is in the broad area of Human Brain Electrophysiology. More specifically, the goal is to explore the neural correlates of sensory and cognitive processing. In the Sensory and Cognitive Neuro-electrophysiology (SCN) laboratory of the Psychology Department, the approach to achieving this general goal is to utilize sensory and cognitive event-related brain potentials. In the sensory area, we are using visual evoked potentials as a non-invasive method to create a brain-computer interface (BCI). In the cognitive area, we utilize cognitive event-related potentials to study memory (spatial and working), ADHD in college students, deception detection, and messaging. Future research will also focus on using non-invasive brain activity methods for human augmentation and real-time monitoring of environmental events. Current Research Projects include: 1. Utilizing Event-Related Brain Potentials to Investigate Spatial and Working Memory, 2. Using Event-Related Brain Potentials to Detect Deception; and 3.Examining the Optimal Parameters for a Non-Invasive Neural Template Matching Brain Computer Interface.

Dr. Joseph D. W. Stephens


Speech Perception and Auditory Cognition Laboratory (Science Building Room 359)


Broadly speaking, I am interested in understanding how the human mind combines information from multiple sources, and how these processes interact with learning and memory. Currently, I am pursuing these questions along three main lines of inquiry. 1) In my laboratory in the Psychology Department, the Speech Perception and Auditory Cognition (SPeAC) Lab, I work with undergraduate student researchers on experiments that investigate how the mind combines auditory and visual information to interpret basic speech sounds like "ba" and "da." I conduct my speech perception research in collaboration with researchers at other institutions, including Dr. Navin Viswanathan at the University of Kansas, and Dr. Shuman He at Boys Town National Research Hospital. 2) As part of my affiliation with the TECHLAV Center at NC A&T, I collaborate with colleagues including Dr. Younho Seong in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department to investigate how different types information from automated systems influence human operators' situation awareness of elements in the environment. 3) I collaborate with Dr. Amy Overman and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging Laboratory at Elon University to investigate how different types of information are linked together in memory, and how these memory processes differ between young and older adults.

Dr. Susan Schumacher

drsuesclasses@yahoo.com  or sschumac@ncat.edu

Because I am a licensed Practicing Psychologist in biopsychology as well as an Animal Behaviorist, I have two general areas of research interests.  The first is lowering blood pressure and stress levels without medication and increasing body awareness by using techniques that I developed such as Meditation-Prayer-Relaxation or QiGong for the Exceptional.  I am interested in using these techniques with people with family histories of hypertension before and after hypertension has developed, especially in African Americans, who have a higher incidence of hypertension.  My current animal research involves laterality in horses, as they are not as clearly lateralized as humans with regard to which side they prefer for movement, vision, and smell.  I am determining which senses do not seem to be lateralized or involve the side opposite to tasks involving movement.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Audrey Campbell aecampbe@ncat.edu

Mrs. Jennifer Dashiell-Shoffner jddashie@ncat.edu

Mrs. Cheree Barber-Gravely cb981900@ncat.edu


Mr. Steven Withrow jswithro@ncat.edu

Dr. Sue Schumacher sschumac@ncat.edu

Mr. Tyronne James tsjames1@ncat.edu



Mrs. Sarah Falkener (Adm. Support Specialist) sarahf@ncat.edu

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