Adrienne Aiken Morgan

TitleAssistant Professor




OfficeNew Science Building
Room: 362

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Adrienne Aiken Morgan


Ph D: Psychology, University of Florida, 2008

MS: Psychology, University of Florida, 2004

BA: Psychology, Florida A&M University, 2002

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.

Recent Publications

Ravyts,  Scott  Dzierzewski,  Joseph  Grah,  Stephanie  Buman,  Matthew  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Giacobbi, Jr,  Peter  Roberts,  Beverly  Marsiske,  Michael  McCrae,  Christina  ( 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.

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Gamaldo,  Alyssa  Wright,  Regina  Allaire,  Jason  Whitfield,  Keith  ( 2018).  Stability and change in cognitive status classification among Black older adults..  ( 1,  66,  pp. 179-183).   Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Phillips,  Karon  Rogers,  Charles  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  ( 2017).  Perceptions of chronic disease among older African Americans: A qualitative analysis. .  ( 4,  10,  pp. 52-60).   Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Gamaldo,  Alyssa  Wright,  Regina  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Allaire,  Jason  Thorpe, Jr,  Roland  Whitfield,  Keith  ( 2017).  The Association between Subjective Memory Complaints and Sleep within Older African American Adults.    The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Hill,  L  Sims Wright,  R  Aiken-Morgan,  A  Gamaldo,  A  Edwards,  C  Whitfield,  K  ( 2015).  Perceived Control Predicts Pulse Pressure in African American Men: The Baltimore Study of Black Aging.  ( 3,  25,  pp. 263-70).   Ethnicity & disease.

Floegel,  T  Giacobbi, Jr,  P  Dzierzewski,  J  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Roberts,  B  McCrae,  C  Marsiske,  M  Buman,  M  ( 2015).  Intervention markers of physical activity maintenance in older adults.  ( 4,  39,  pp. 487-99).   American journal of health behavior.

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Gamaldo,  A  Sims,  R  Allaire,  J  Whitfield,  K  ( 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.

Sims,  R  Thorpe, Jr,  R  Gamaldo,  A  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Hill,  L  Allaire,  J  Whitfield,  K  ( 2015).  Cognition and health in African American men..  ( 2,  27,  pp. 195-219).   Journal of aging and health.

Thorpe, Jr,  Roland  Szanton,  Sarah  Walker,  Janiece  Cary,  Michael  Hill,  LaBarron  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Whitfield,  Keith  ( 2015).  Physical Health of African Americans.  The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging    John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Whitfield,  Keith  Paige,  Melanie  ( 2014).  Correlates of cognitive aging in racial/ethnic minorities.  In Keith E. Whitfield & Tamara A. Baker,  Handbook of Minority Aging    Springer Publishing Company.

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Bichsel,  J  Savla,  J  Edwards,  C  Whitfield,  K  ( 2014).  Associations between self-rated health and personality..  ( 4,  24,  pp. 418-22).   Ethnicity & disease.

Whitfield,  K  Neupert,  S  Bruce,  M  Sims,  M  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Thorpe,  R  ( 2014).  Stress, longevity and cardiovascular outcomes among African American families in the Jackson Heart Study..  ( 4,  24,  pp. 456-61).   Ethnicity & disease.

Gamaldo,  A  Gamaldo,  C  Allaire,  J  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Salas,  R  Szanton,  S  Whitfield,  K  ( 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.

Giacobbi, Jr,  P  Buman,  M  Dzierzewski,  J  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Roberts,  B  Marsiske,  M  Knutson,  N  Smith-McCrae,  C  ( 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.

Brown,  C  Baker,  T  Mingo,  C  Harden,  J  Whitfield,  K  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Phillips,  K  Washington,  T  ( 2014).  A review of our roots: blacks in gerontology..  ( 1,  54,  pp. 108-16).   The Gerontologist.

Dzierzewski,  J  Buman,  M  Giacobbi, Jr,  P  Roberts,  B  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Marsiske,  M  McCrae,  C  ( 2014).  Exercise and sleep in community-dwelling older adults: evidence for a reciprocal relationship..  ( 1,  23,  pp. 61-8).   Journal of sleep research.

Dzierzewski,  Joseph  Marsiske,  Michael  Aiken Morgan,  Adrienne  Buman,  Matthew  Giacobbi, Jr,  Peter  Roberts,  Beverly  McCrae,  Christina  ( 2013).  Cognitive inconsistency and practice-related learning in older adults..  ( 3,  26,  pp. 173).   GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Hekler,  Eric  Buman,  Matthew  Poothakandiyil,  Nikhil  Rivera,  Daniel  Dzierzewski,  Joseph  Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  McCrae,  Christina  Roberts,  Beverly  Marsiske,  Michael  Giacobbi, Jr,  Peter  ( 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.

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Bichsel,  J  Allaire,  J  Savla,  J  Edwards,  C  Whitfield,  K  ( 2012).  Personality as a Source of Individual Differences in Cognition among Older African Americans..  ( 5,  46,  pp. 465-471).   Journal of research in personality.

Buman,  M  Giacobbi, Jr,  P  Dzierzewski,  J  Morgan,  Adrienne  McCrae,  C  Roberts,  B  Marsiske,  M  ( 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.

Aiken-Morgan,  Adrienne  Marsiske,  M  Dzierzewski,  J  Jones,  R  Whitfield,  K  Johnson,  K  Cresci,  M  ( 2010).  Race-related cognitive test bias in the active study: a mimic model approach..  ( 4,  36,  pp. 426-52).   Experimental aging research.