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
M.S.Psychology / University of Florida
Ph.D.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 Morgan, Michael Marsiske, Keith Whitfield (2007). (Characterizing and explaining differences in cognitive test performance between African American and European American older adults). (1) 34, pp. 80–100. Experimental aging research.
  • K Whitfield, J Allaire, A Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Sims, C Edwards (2008). (Blood pressure and memory in older African Americans.). (2) 18, pp. 181-6. Ethnicity & disease.
  • K Whitfield, J Allaire, A Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Sims, C Edwards (2008). (How blood pressure affects the aging mind.). (2) 18, pp. 238-9. Ethnicity & disease.
  • Keith Whitfield, Adrienne Morgan (2008). (Minority populations and cognitive aging). In Scott M. Hofer & Duane F. Alwin, (Handbook on Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives) pp. 384–396. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Sims, K Whitfield (2010). (Cardiovascular health and education as sources of individual variability in cognitive aging among African Americans.). (4) 22, pp. 477-503. Journal of aging and health.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, M Marsiske, J Dzierzewski, R Jones, K Whitfield, K Johnson, M Cresci (2010). (Race-related cognitive test bias in the active study: a mimic model approach.). (4) 36, pp. 426-52. Experimental aging research.
  • M Buman, P Giacobbi, Jr, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Morgan, C McCrae, B Roberts, M Marsiske (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.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel, J Allaire, J Savla, C Edwards, K Whitfield (2012). (Personality as a Source of Individual Differences in Cognition among Older African Americans.). (5) 46, pp. 465-471. Journal of research in personality.
  • Joseph Dzierzewski, Michael Marsiske, Adrienne Aiken Morgan, Matthew Buman, Peter Giacobbi, Jr, Beverly Roberts, Christina McCrae (2013). (Cognitive inconsistency and practice-related learning in older adults.). (3) 26, pp. 173. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Eric Hekler, Matthew Buman, Nikhil Poothakandiyil, Daniel Rivera, Joseph Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Christina McCrae, Beverly Roberts, Michael Marsiske, Peter Giacobbi, Jr (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.
  • C Brown, T Baker, C Mingo, J Harden, K Whitfield, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, K Phillips, T Washington (2014). (A review of our roots: blacks in gerontology.). (1) 54, pp. 108-16. The Gerontologist.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, J Bichsel, J Savla, C Edwards, K Whitfield (2014). (Associations between self-rated health and personality.). (4) 24, pp. 418-22. Ethnicity & disease.
  • P Giacobbi, Jr, M Buman, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, B Roberts, M Marsiske, N Knutson, C Smith-McCrae (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.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Keith Whitfield, Melanie Paige (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.
  • J Dzierzewski, M Buman, P Giacobbi, Jr, B Roberts, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, M Marsiske, C McCrae (2014). (Exercise and sleep in community-dwelling older adults: evidence for a reciprocal relationship.). (1) 23, pp. 61-8. Journal of sleep research.
  • A Gamaldo, C Gamaldo, J Allaire, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Salas, S Szanton, K Whitfield (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.
  • K Whitfield, S Neupert, M Bruce, M Sims, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, R Thorpe (2014). (Stress, longevity and cardiovascular outcomes among African American families in the Jackson Heart Study.). (4) 24, pp. 456-61. Ethnicity & disease.
  • R Sims, R Thorpe, Jr, A Gamaldo, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, L Hill, J Allaire, K Whitfield (2015). (Cognition and health in African American men.). (2) 27, pp. 195-219. Journal of aging and health.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, A Gamaldo, R Sims, J Allaire, K Whitfield (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.
  • T Floegel, P Giacobbi, Jr, J Dzierzewski, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, B Roberts, C McCrae, M Marsiske, M Buman (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 (2015). (Perceived Control Predicts Pulse Pressure in African American Men: The Baltimore Study of Black Aging). (3) 25, pp. 263-70. Ethnicity & disease.
  • Roland Thorpe, Jr, Sarah Szanton, Janiece Walker, Michael Cary, LaBarron Hill, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Keith Whitfield (2015). (Physical Health of African Americans). (The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging) John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • Karon Phillips, Charles Rogers, 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.
  • Alyssa Gamaldo, Regina Wright, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Jason Allaire, Roland Thorpe, Jr, Keith Whitfield (2017). (The Association between Subjective Memory Complaints and Sleep within Older African American Adults). pp. 10. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.
  • Scott Ravyts, Joseph Dzierzewski, Stephanie Grah, Matthew Buman, Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Peter Giacobbi, Jr, Beverly Roberts, Michael Marsiske, Christina McCrae (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.
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, Alyssa Gamaldo, Regina Wright, Jason Allaire, Keith Whitfield (2018). (Stability and change in cognitive status classification among Black older adults.). (1) 66, pp. 179-183. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.