is the Director of the SHIELD Lab and Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at VCU. Dr. Lozada received her B.S. from UNC Pembroke in 2008 and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2013. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC) in the School of Education at the University of Michigan from 2013-2016. Her research interests include ethnic minority children's socioemotional development, the contribution of ethnic minority children's normative social experiences in offline and online contexts to their socioemotional development and the contributions of ethnic minority parenting beliefs and behaviors to their children's socioemotional development.
is a 1st year Ph.D student at VCU. He graduated from the Virginia Tech Department of Psychology in 2016 with a minor in Sociology. He is interested in the influence of parenting on children’s emotional development, particularly in African American families, and the role of race, culture, and gender in the process of emotion socialization. He also has an interest in the role of masculinity ideology in the emotion expression of Black boys. Deon serves as the Lab Manager.
is a prospective developmental psychology Ph.D. student. She received a Master’s degree in developmental psychology in 2016 and she is currently working as a career coach for STEM students at Virginia Union University. Her research interests stem from her passion for supporting academic contexts that are inclusive of students from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, she is interested in research aimed at understanding the impact of racial socialization practices on Black students’ perceptions of school climate.
graduated from VCU with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice in 2015. Her research interests focus on Health disparities that affect ethnic minorities and the influence of cultural values in mental health.
received a Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. As a prospective psychology graduate student, Darian is interested in the health disparities among LGBTQ+ youth and the ways that discrimination and harassment may affect their psychological development. Additional research interests include online experiences, cyber-bullying, socio-emotional development, and health disparities among LGBTQ+ children and adolescents. She serves as a Research Associate and Data Analyst for VCU Center on Health Disparities (CoHD) as well as a volunteer RA for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab.
is a research assistant for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in African American Studies at VCU in 2018. Her research interests include: stress, risk and protective factors, parenting, emotion regulation, mental health and academic outcomes for youth in low income and African American families.
is a Junior in the VCU Department of Psychology minoring in African American studies. Generally, she is interested in the experiences and family dynamics of African Americans. She serves as the Lead Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) and the lead coder for our primary coding project for the Fall 2017 semester, African Americans’ Parental Meta-Emotion Philosophy (AAPMEP) .
is a research assistant for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab. She earned her B.A. in art history at Wellesley College in 1995 and her M.A. in teaching and social sciences at Emmanuel College in 1999. She holds a certificate in psychology and counseling from UC Berkeley extension. Her research interests include health disparities that impact birthing parents in labor and delivery and overall perinatal mental health and support, as well as the role of racial and/or ethnic minority status in parenting practices, children’s identity development, and socialization.
graduated at Dickinson College in 2018 with a degree in Psychology, and Theatre & Dance. Tran is interested in studying the relationships among socio-cultural determinants of body image, racial identity, and disordered eating behaviors. Her research interests also focus on non-Western population, and exploring how psychological disorders manifest their symptoms differently across socio-cultural context. Tran now serves as a RA-Data Staff for VCU BEST in CLASS, a volunteer RA for S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab, and a dance instructor at Richmond
is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology and Chemistry. She is also a proud member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity. Her future aspirations are going to medical school and using psychology to further improve the field of medicine. Maleeha’s research interests include: stress, emotion regulation, stereotype threat, and physiological psychology.
graduated with his B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. At VCU he was a member of Black Men In Medicine (BMIM) and the Pre-Med Society. He plans to pursue a medical degree, integrating his knowledge of psychology into his future practice.
graduated with her B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests includes: religion and religious practices, parenting, ethnicity, and culture. She plans to pursue a graduate training in counseling and therapy.