Adrienne A Morgan

Assistant Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Health & Human Sciences


New Science Building 362
B.A.Psychology / Florida A&M University
Ph.D.Psychology / University of Florida
M.S.Psychology / University of Florida


I am a clinical geropsychologist.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of four broad areas: sociocultural experience, cognition, aging, and health and health disparities. My research examines the influence of social and health disparities on cognitive aging in African American adults and has two main areas of focus: 1) To examine how individual differences in social and health factors influence cognitive aging across the lifespan in African Americans; 2) To develop and implement physical and cognitive health interventions to improve cognitive function and prevent cognitive decline and incipient dementia in African American communities at disproportionate risk.

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Recent Publications

  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Alyssa Gamaldo, Regina Wright, Jason Allaire, Keith Whitfield, Alyssa Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2018). (Stability and change in cognitive status classification among Black older adults.). (1) 66, pp. 179-183 ). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Scott Ravyts, Joseph Dzierzewski, Stephanie Grah, Matthew Buman, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Peter Giacobbi, Jr, Beverly Roberts, Michael Marsiske, Christina McCrae, Scott Ravyts, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2018). (Sleep and pain in mid- to late-life: An exploration of of day-to-day pain inconsistency. ). (2) 41, pp. 123-129 ). Clinical Gerontologist.
  • Alyssa Gamaldo, Regina Wright, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Jason Allaire, Roland Thorpe, Jr, Keith Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Alyssa Gamaldo (2017). (The Association between Subjective Memory Complaints and Sleep within Older African American Adults). pp. 10 ). The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.
  • Karon Phillips, Charles Rogers, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Karon Phillips, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2017). (Perceptions of chronic disease among older African Americans: A qualitative analysis. ). (4) 10, pp. 52-60 ). Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.
  • R Sims, R Thorpe, Jr, A Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, L Hill, J Allaire, K Whitfield, R Sims, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2015). (Cognition and health in African American men.). (2) 27, pp. 195-219 ). Journal of aging and health.
  • T Floegel, P Giacobbi, Jr, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, B Roberts, C McCrae, M Marsiske, M Buman, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, T Floegel (2015). (Intervention markers of physical activity maintenance in older adults). (4) 39, pp. 487-99 ). American journal of health behavior.
  • L Hill, R Sims Wright, A Aiken-Morgan, A Gamaldo, C Edwards, K Whitfield, L Hill, A Aiken-Morgan (2015). (Perceived Control Predicts Pulse Pressure in African American Men: The Baltimore Study of Black Aging). (3) 25, pp. 263-70 ). Ethnicity & disease.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, A Gamaldo, R Sims, J Allaire, K Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, A Gamaldo (2015). (Education Desegregation and Cognitive Change in African American Older Adults.). (3) 70, pp. 348-56 ). The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.
  • Roland Thorpe, Jr, Sarah Szanton, Janiece Walker, Michael Cary, LaBarron Hill, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Keith Whitfield, Roland Thorpe, Jr, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2015). (Physical Health of African Americans). (The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging) ). John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel, J Savla, C Edwards, K Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel (2014). (Associations between self-rated health and personality.). (4) 24, pp. 418-22 ). Ethnicity & disease.
  • A Gamaldo, C Gamaldo, J Allaire, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Salas, S Szanton, K Whitfield, A Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2014). (Sleep complaints in older blacks: do demographic and health indices explain poor sleep quality and duration?). (7) 10, pp. 725-31 ). Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • P Giacobbi, Jr, M Buman, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, B Roberts, M Marsiske, N Knutson, C Smith-McCrae, P Giacobbi, Jr, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2014). (Content and Perceived Utility of Mental Imagery by Older Adults in a Peer-Delivered Physical Activity Intervention.). (2) 26, pp. 129-143 ). Journal of applied sport psychology.
  • C Brown, T Baker, C Mingo, J Harden, K Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, K Phillips, T Washington, C Brown, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2014). (A review of our roots: blacks in gerontology.). (1) 54, pp. 108-16 ). The Gerontologist.
  • J Dzierzewski, M Buman, P Giacobbi, Jr, B Roberts, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, M Marsiske, C McCrae, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2014). (Exercise and sleep in community-dwelling older adults: evidence for a reciprocal relationship.). (1) 23, pp. 61-8 ). Journal of sleep research.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Keith Whitfield, Melanie Paige, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Keith Whitfield (2014). (Correlates of cognitive aging in racial/ethnic minorities). In Keith E. Whitfield & Tamara A. Baker, (Handbook of Minority Aging) pp. 85–101 ). Springer Publishing Company.
  • K Whitfield, S Neupert, M Bruce, M Sims, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Thorpe, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, K Whitfield (2014). (Stress, longevity and cardiovascular outcomes among African American families in the Jackson Heart Study.). (4) 24, pp. 456-61 ). Ethnicity & disease.
  • Eric Hekler, Matthew Buman, Nikhil Poothakandiyil, Daniel Rivera, Joseph Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Christina McCrae, Beverly Roberts, Michael Marsiske, Peter Giacobbi, Jr, Eric Hekler, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2013). (Exploring behavioral markers of long-term physical activity maintenance: a case study of system identification modeling within a behavioral intervention). (1_suppl) 40, pp. 51S–62S ). Health Education & Behavior.
  • Joseph Dzierzewski, Michael Marsiske, Adrienne Aiken Morgan, Matthew Buman, Peter Giacobbi, Jr, Beverly Roberts, Christina McCrae, Joseph Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken Morgan (2013). (Cognitive inconsistency and practice-related learning in older adults.). (3) 26, pp. 173 ). GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel, J Allaire, J Savla, C Edwards, K Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel (2012). (Personality as a Source of Individual Differences in Cognition among Older African Americans.). (5) 46, pp. 465-471 ). Journal of research in personality.
  • M Buman, P Giacobbi, Jr, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Morgan, C McCrae, B Roberts, M Marsiske, M Buman, Adrienne Morgan (2011). (Peer volunteers improve long-term maintenance of physical activity with older adults: a randomized controlled trial.). 8 Suppl 2, pp. S257-66 ). Journal of physical activity & health.