Star Lab Team

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Shedrick Garrett

GRADUATE STUDENT, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Shedrick Garrett is a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, with an area of emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience from West Virginia University in 2021. As an undergrad, he also worked as a summer research assistant at the University of Virginia. His research interests examine the role of social and digital domains on racially-ethnically marginalized youths’ socialization experiences and development. Additionally, he is interested in investigating how adolescents navigate and make sense of their digital environments. In his free time, Garrett enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and swimming.

Funding: National Science Foundation GRFP & Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

A'zure Latimer

GRADUATE STUDENT, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

 A’zure Latimer is a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MA in Community Psychology from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University.  Her research interests include ethnic-racial socialization, respectability as a psychological construct, and youth agency among Black girls. She seeks to use her research to benefit Black girls and their support systems (i.e., families and non-profit organizations centering Black girls. A’zure is a Hampton, Virginia native. She is part of a brilliant and resourceful community, on whom she draws for strength and hope.   

Margarett McBride

GRADUATE STUDENT, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Margarett McBride, M.A. is a doctoral candidate from Saginaw, Michigan, in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Community Action and Social Change from the University of Michigan. Her research investigates how the neighborhood contexts (i.e., community violence, neighborhood support, gentrification) influence health outcomes and development for Black youth and families. Several organizations have funded her scholarship, including the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNC Violence and Injury Prevention Center, and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Margarett seeks to engage in participatory and community-engaged approaches in her work, leading her to internships with the Detroit Initiative, Telling It, Prison Creative Arts Project, and Cities United. In her free time, Margarett enjoys volunteering at community programs, creating art (madebymargarett.com), and writing children’s book stories about Black youth (stay tuned for “Dear Dad, Love Nelson” coming out late 2022 with Free Spirit Publishing).

Funding: National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP & Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Janae Shaheed

GRADUATE STUDENT, DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Janae is a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Wake Forest University. Janae uses an intersectional lens to examine the impact of social inequalities on the well-being and identity development of marginalized groups, particularly LGBTQ youth of color. Focusing on community contexts, she is also interested in researching how inclusive communities and social support can facilitate positive development. In her free time, Janae enjoys writing stories, moshing at concerts, and reading books in tea shops.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Natalie Hussein

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Natalie is an undergraduate student from Los Angeles, CA studying Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Natalie’s honors thesis project is examining biculturalism, family relationships and wellbeing among Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) young adults. In her free time, Natalie enjoys cooking, learning salsa and bachata, and volunteering with children.

Sheba Hamouda

PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR | RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Sheba Hamouda is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, studying Human Development & Family Studies. Her research and professional interests are Black Maternal Health. She is from High Point, North Carolina and her favorite hobbies are choreographing dance routines, cooking and baking.

Tiosa Iyamu

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Tiosa is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are interested in exploring topics relating to identity development in Black LGBT+ populations, particularly trans and nonbinary Black youths. In his free time, Tiosa enjoys making zines, writing poetry,and crafting jewelry.

AFFILIATED SCHOLARS

Stephen Gibson

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Stephen Gibson is a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he received his M.A. in Educational Psychology from North Carolina State University and his B.S. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University. Stephen’s research interests include understanding the effects of Black caregivers’ parental contributions to Black youths’ positive development. Using various statistical and data analytic techniques, he seeks to understand how culturally relevant factors, such as parenting practices, racial identity, and coping strategies, serve as protective factors for Black youths’ developmental and educational outcomes.  Several organizations and agencies have funded his training, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the Search Institute.  In his free time, Stephen enjoys working out and cooking. 

Funding: Kirschstein Individual National Predoctoral Service Award (NRSA, F31), National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP)

JELAINA SHIPMAN-LACEWELL

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

 Jelaina is a doctoral candidate in the Health Psychology PhD Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She received her BA in Psychology, BS in Criminal Justice, and MA in Clinical Psychology at North Carolina Central University. Broadly, her research involves examining biopsychosocial and social-ecological factors that influence cardiometabolic health outcomes for Black individuals, with a special focus on Black youth (children, adolescents, and young adults). Funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), her current work examines the role of sleep and socio-ecological supports in the association between racial discrimination and cardiometabolic risk among Black youth. Jelaina seeks to use community-academic partnerships to translate her work into culturally-relevant cost-effective prevention and intervention programs to address health disparities and improve health equity. In her free time, Jelaina enjoys reading, playing video games, watching anime, and trivia. 

Funding: Kirschstein Individual National Predoctoral Service Award (NRSA, F31)

VICTORIA HAWA COOPER

GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Victoria is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Science program at the University of Arizona. Victoria earned her B.S. in Family Life with a minor in Spanish at Brigham Youth University. Victorian uses a sociocultural lens to understand the factors that influence the academic achievement and well-being of Black children and youth. Additionally, she is interested in exploring Black fathering, parenting racial socialization, and belonging. Victoria enjoys hiking, quilting, journaling, and playing racquetball.

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Marketa Burnett

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Marketa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Families Studies at the University of Connecticut. A former StarLab member and graduate of UNC’s Developmental Psychology doctoral program, she received her B.A. in both Psychology and African, African American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on the joint development of racial and gender stereotypes in Black adolescent girls and impacts on their STEM attitudes and outcomes. Additionally, Marketa is interested in exploring how Black fathers’ socialization practices may influence STEM attitudes and outcomes among Black adolescent girls. In her spare time, Marketa enjoys volunteering in the local community, watching Jeopardy, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Nina Smith

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

Nina Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at North Carolina Central University. She oversees the department’s Child Development and Family Relations concentration area. Her research focuses on work-family balance, maternal and child health, and academic readiness of young children within the context of families of color. She also has interests in child care quality and early childhood teacher preparedness.