JaNiene Peoples is a second-year PhD student in Social Work at the Brown School.
Research Interests: African American adolescents and emerging adults, mental health and well-being, health behavior change, health risk behaviors, health disparities, intervention research, community-engaged research
JaNiene is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 Predoctoral Fellow and current researcher at the Investigators Connecting Health and Social Media (iCHASM) lab at the Washington University School of Medicine, which investigates how social media shapes health risk behaviors and mental health of young people.
JaNiene received a BS in Health and Human Performance from the University of Memphis and MS in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Her work focuses on mental health outcomes for marginalized populations, utilizing an intersectional approach to holistically examine the risk and protective factors that may impact well-being. Her research confronts and explores the impact of racial and ethnic health disparities on health risk, help-seeking, and coping behaviors, with a particular focus on African American adolescents and emerging adults.
As a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal and Executive Coach, she has worked extensively with underserved and vulnerable populations, specializing in the areas of health behavior change, mental health and emotional well-being, substance misuse prevention, stress and crisis management, perfectionism, and mindfulness-based practices. Before joining the Brown School, JaNiene spent several years working as a Well-being Coach at Vanderbilt University, helping hundreds of college students maintain healthy behaviors and learn skills necessary to improve their academic and mental well-being. 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 drug assessments to identify student’s risk and readiness for change.