JaNiene Peoples is a third-year PhD student in Social Work at the Brown School.

Research Interests: 

  • Racial and ethnic disparities in mental health
  • Risk and resilience in Black adolescents and emerging adults
  • Substance use
  • Health behavior change
  • Intervention research

Email: e.peoples@wustl.eduLinkedIn

JaNiene is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 Predoctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on examining risk and protective factors associated with mental health and behavioral (mostly substance use) outcomes among adolescents and emerging adults (ages 18-29) through an intersectional lens. Her work is also driven by building evidence that informs tailored interventions for populations disproportionately affected by mental health and substance use problems, particularly Black Americans.

JaNiene is currently involved in multiple research projects that focus on mental health, substance use and substance use disorders, race-related stress, intersectionality, and resilience. She primarily conducts research at the Investigators Connecting Health and Social Media (iCHASM) lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. iCHASM investigates the risk factors and unique needs among people with mental health and substance use disorders and explores ways to leverage technology for outreach and intervention.

JaNiene received a BS in Health and Human Performance from the University of Memphis and MS in Health Education from Texas A&M University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal and Executive Coach. Her years of training have helped her provide culturally informed and strengths-based support to communities in need. Before joining the Brown School, JaNiene spent several years working as a Well-being Coach at Vanderbilt University, helping college students maintain healthy behaviors and learn skills necessary to improve their mental health and academic well-being. In this role, JaNiene also administered alcohol and other drug assessments to identify students’ risk and readiness for change and served as the primary provider for Vanderbilt University’s Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program.