- JaNiene Peoples is a first year doctoral student in the Social Work program at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)T32 Predoctoral Fellow.
- Research Interests:
- -African American adolescents and emerging adults
- -Mental health and well-being
- -Health behavior change
- -Community-engaged research
- -Intervention research
JaNiene is a Nashville, TN native. She received her BS in Health and Human Performance from the University of Memphis in 2012. In 2016, JaNiene received her MS in Health Education from Texas A&M University while working as a research assistant for the Department of Psychology and Africana Studies Program and teaching assistant for the Department of Health and Kinesiology.
JaNiene is passionate about helping marginalized communities develop adaptive coping strategies and maintain health-enhancing behaviors. Before joining the Brown School, JaNiene spent four years working as a Wellbeing Coach at Vanderbilt University supporting the personal development and academic success of college students. Through implementation of Motivational Interviewing and evidence-based strategies, she collaborated with her students to help them mobilize internal strengths and develop action plans that most appropriately addressed their diverse well-being needs. Additionally, JaNiene served as the primary provider for Vanderbilt University’s Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program and administered other alcohol and other drug assessments to identify student’s risk and readiness for change. As a coach, she specialized in several areas: substance misuse prevention, assessing risk factors related to crisis, stress management, mental health, perfectionism, mindfulness, emotional well-being, and financial well-being.
Teaching Experience: The Science of Basic Health and Fitness