Global & Community Health Research (GCHR) Lab


CREDIT: E. Kang, Xiamen, 2015

In the GCHR Lab, we create, implement, and act on interdisciplinary behavioral science that broadens our understanding of the context of illness and well-being in silenced global communities – with an emphasis on persons living with HIV/ AIDS. In 2018-19, we will focus on the following projects.

Current projects

  • Sustained reconciliation between survivor and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis possible? A time-series evaluation of a peace-livelihood intervention in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Generational transmission of outgroup attitudes among adult children of survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi
  • Dual gender/HIV stigma and depletion of cognitive resources among transgender females living with HIV in Delhi, India
  • Multi-level determinants of guardian willingness to utilize accessible mental health services for school aged children and adolescents living in Ibadan, Nigeria. In partnership with the University of Ibadan, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (C-CAMH)
  • Courtesy stigma among Nigerian caregivers of family members with mental illness across three countries
  • Stigma formation toward persons living with concealed and unconcealed stigmatizing conditions

2018-19 GCHR Lab Members

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Jacquelyn Chin (Class of ’19) is a Psychology Major, Human Development Minor and Honors Student from Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her research explores the relationship between racial/gender prejudice and physiological reaction, and trends of violence against women living in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and examined the socio-political rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Latin America. She plans to pursue doctoral studies in Clinical or Experimental Psychology in hopes to serve minority populations. 

Sherille Bosfield (Class of ’19) is a Psychology major, Biology and Sociology double minor from Los Angeles, California.  She is currently working on a project examining meaning-making among young black men living with perinatal HIV.  After graduation from Howard University, Sherille plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology to become a Pediatric Clinical Psychologist.

Jasmine Stevens (Class of ’19) is a Psychology major, Chemistry minor on the Pre-Medicine track from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is working on a grant to examine the factors that affect parents’ decision to seek mental health services for their children in Nigeria. She plans to attend medical school after graduating from Howard.

Alissa Gray (Class of ’20) is a rising junior Psychology/Biology double major from Clarkston, MI. After graduation from Howard University in 2020, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After experience in the medical field, she also plans to become a member of Doctors Without Borders, providing medical relief to communities in need.

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Folasade Akinkuoto (Class of ’20) is PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Canada. Her research focuses on courtesy stigma among Nigerian caregivers of family members with mental illness in the US, Canada, and Nigeria.

Ogechi Amagwula (Class of ’21) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Houston. Ogechi’s research explores the formation of different forms of stigma among Nigerians towards persons living with physical or mental illnesses. 

Vanessa Camelo Lopez (Class of ’22) is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program from Maryland. Her research focus is on the prevention and resilience of those who have experienced trauma, or whom are more likely to experience trauma. Vanessa hopes to study how certain groups or people respond to trauma and how that might affect the model of standardized personalized treatment.


…with the support of Toni and Ryan.


Congratulations Jasmine for being awarded the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Award for Excellence in Scholarship, April 2018


Congratulations to our proud Bison graduates, Alyssa Monique, Ryan, Haley, Toni!

Upper division undergraduate students are welcomed – lab enrollment is selective and limited. I am currently accepting PhD students in Clinical Psychology for 2018-19. Please refer to the Howard University Graduate School general application and the Clinical Psychology Supplemental Application and Checklist.