You can learn about our RRT Fellows’ latest achievements and updates below.

Published Works

RRT Fellow Publications

Anderson, R. E., Jones, S. C. T., & Stevenson, H. (online). The initial development and validation of the racial socialization competency scale: Quality and quantity. Journal of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Anderson, R., Lee, D., Hope, M., Nisbeth, K., Bess, K., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Disrupting the behavioral health consequences of racial discrimination: A longitudinal investigation of racial identity profiles and alcohol-related problems. Health Education & Behavior.

Jones, S., Anderson, R., Gaskin-Wasson, A., Sawyer, B., Applewhite, K., & Metzger, I. (in press). From “crib to coffin”: The navigation of healing from racial trauma throughout the lifespan of Black Americans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Saleem, F., Anderson, R., & Williams, M. (in press). Addressing the “myth” of racial trauma: Developmental and ecological considerations for youth of color. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

Oh, H., Waldman, K., Koyanagi, A., Anderson, R., & DeVylder, J. (2020). Major discriminatory events and suicidality amongst Black Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 263, 47-53.

Anderson, R. E. (2019). The strength of Black families: A commentary on Leading with Racial Equity. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 333-336.

Anderson, R. E., Saleem, F. T., & Huguley, J. P. (2019). Choosing to see the racial stress that afflicts our Black students. Phi Delta Kappan101, 20-25.

Brown, C. S., & Anderson, R. E. (2019). It’s Never Too Young to Talk about Race and Gender. Human Development, 63, 1-3.

Sensoy, O.B., Byansi, W., Ssewamala, F., Kivumbi, A., Namatovu, P., Kiyingi, J., Mary, M.M., & Nyoni, T. (2020). From 4Rs to 2Ss to Amaka Amasanyufu (Happy families): Adapting a US. -Based Intervention to the Uganda Context-Family Process.

Ssewamala, F. M., Byansi, W., Bahar, O. S., Nabunya, P., Neilands, T. B., Mellins, C., … & Nakigozi, G. (2019). Suubi+ Adherence Study Protocol: A family economic empowerment intervention addressing HIV treatment adherence for perinatally infected adolescents. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 16, 100463.

Kivumbi, A., Byansi, W., Sensoy, O.B., Ssewamala, F., Mugisha, J., et al (2019). Prevalence of Disruptive Behaviors and Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder among school going Children in Southwestern Uganda. BMC Psychiatry 19(1), 105.

Damulira, C., Mukasa, M., Byansi, W., Nabunya, P., Namatovu, P., Kivumbi, A., Namuwonge, F., Dvalishvili, D., Bahar, O.S., & Ssewamala, F. (2019). Examining the relationship of Social Support and Family Cohesion on ART Adherence among HIV Positive Adolescents in Southern Uganda: Baseline Findings. Vulnerable children and Youth studies: 1-10.    

Kivumbi, A., Byansi, W., Ssewamala, F., Nabunya, P., Damulira, C., & Namatovu, P. (2019). Utilizing a family-based economic strengthening intervention to improve mental health wellbeing among female adolescent orphans in Uganda. Child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health, 13(1), 14.

Mugisha, J., Marc, D.H., Knizek, B., Kwiringira, J., Kinyanda, E., Byansi, W., Winkel, R.V., Myin-Germeys, I., Stubbs, B., & Vancampfort, D. (2019). Health care professionals’ perspectives on physical activity within the Ugandan mental health care system.  Mental Health and Physical Activity, 16, 1-7.

Nabunya, P., Sensoy Bahar, O., Chen, B., Daji, D., Damulira C. & Ssewamala, F.M. (in press). The role of family factors in antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence self-efficacy among HIV-infected adolescents in Southern Uganda. BMC Public Health.

Sensoy Bahar, O., Ssewamala F.M., Ibrahim, A., Boateng, A., Nabunya, P., McKay, M.M., & Asampong E. (in-press). Anzansi Family Program: A Study Protocol for a Combination Intervention Addressing Developmental and Health Outcomes for Female Adolescents at Risk of Unaccompanied Migration. Pilot and Feasibility Studies.

Ssewamala, F. M., Dvalishvili, D., Mellins, C., Geng, H.E., Makumbi, F., Neilands, T. B., McKay, M., Damulira, C., Nabunya, P., Bahar, O. S., Nakigozi, G., Kigozi, G., Byansi, W., Mukasa, M., & Namuwonge, F. (2020). The long-term effects of a family based economic empowerment intervention (Suubi+Adherence) on suppression of HIV viral loads among adolescents living with HIV in southern Uganda: Findings from 5-year cluster randomized trial. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228370.

Sun, S., Nabunya, P., Byansi, W., Bahar, O. S., Damulira, C., Neilands, T. B., … & Ssewamala, F. M. (2019). Access and Utilization of Financial Services among Poor HIV-Impacted Children and Families in Uganda. Children and Youth Services Review, 109, 104730.

Ortiz, K. & Wallerstein, N. (2020). Characteristics and practices within research partnerships for health and social equity. Nursing Research, 69(1), 51-61.

Ortiz, K. , Nash, J., Shea, L., Oetzel, J., Garoutte, J., Sanchez-Youngman, S., & Wallerstein, N. (2020). Partnerships, processes, and outcomes: A health equity-focused scoping meta-review of community-engaged scholarship. Annual Review of Public Health, 41.  DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040119-094220 [Epub ahead of print].

Ortiz, K. , Cuevas, A.G., Salloum, R., Lopez, N., & LaVeist-Ramos, T. (2019). Intra-ethnic racial differences in waterpipe tobacco smoking among Latinos? Substance Use & Misuse, 54(1), 1-10.

Cuevas, A.G., Ortiz, K. , & Ransome, Y. (2019). The moderating role of race/ethnicity and nativity in the relationship between perceived discrimination and overweight and obesity: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1458.

Sebert Kuhlmann, A., Shato, T., Fu, Q., & Sierra, M. (2019). Intimate partner violence, pregnancy intention and contraceptive use in Honduras. Contraception, 100(2), 137-141. 

Milne, J., Brady, H., Shato, T., Bohn, D., Mdladla, M., Ngcwayi, N., Atujuna, M., Humphries, H., Amico., K.R. (2020). Measuring HIV Risk Perception and Behavior: Results from Round 1 of the Cognitive Interviewing Project with young women and men who have sex with men in South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 1-12.

Small, L., Parchment, T.M., Bahar, O.S., Osuji, H.L., Chomanczuk, A.H., & Bhana, A. (2019). South African adult caregivers as “protective shields”: Serving as a buffer between stressful neighborhood conditions and youth risk behaviors. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(8), 1850-1864.  

Fellow News

Robert Motley authors report on policing policies

Robert Motley authors report on policing policies

Robert Motely is the lead author on the Brief Report “Accountable Policing: Policies to Advance the Personal Safety of Black Boys and Young Men” issued in June by HomeGrownSTL of the Race Opportunity Lab. The report seeks “to provide local, state, and federal policymakers with concrete, evidence-based policy recommendations for building an equitable, transparent, and […]
Thembekile Shato successfully defends dissertation

Thembekile Shato successfully defends dissertation

On June 30, Thembekile Shato, second-year fellow in the Researcher Resilience Training Program, successfully defended her dissertation for her PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education at St. Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice. Her dissertation was entitled, "Examining the Utilization of and Preferences for Cervical […]
Leslie Adams, PhD, MPH, receives grant to study suicidality among Black men

Leslie Adams, PhD, MPH, receives grant to study suicidality among Black men

RRT fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, MPH has been awarded a two-year grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support her research, titled “Real-time assessments of suicidality among Black men: A mixed methods approach.” This grant will allow her to pursue a mixed methods study in which she will incorporate digital health and smartphone […]
Robert Motley, Jr. publishes paper on research study findings

Robert Motley, Jr. publishes paper on research study findings

Robert Motley Jr., 2019 RRT fellow and doctoral candidate at the Brown School and manager of the Center for Social Development’s Race and Opportunity Lab, was lead author on a paper published in the journal Social Work Research. The publication presented new research from the Race and Opportunity Lab that sheds light on youths’ reactions […]
Thembekile Shato

Thembekile Shato

Thembekile Shato is a member of the first cohort of Researcher Resilience Fellows, a NIMH-funded program designed for researchers of African descent interested in adolescent behavioral health in low resource settings. The Researcher Resilience Training Program (RRT) is a joint program between ICHAD, SMART Africa and the Race and Opportunity Lab, all housed at the […]
Robert Motley Jr. receives a two-year grant

Robert Motley Jr. receives a two-year grant

Robert Motley Jr., an RRT fellow and doctoral candidate at the Brown School and manager of the Center for Social Development’s Race and Opportunity Lab, has received a two-year $60,936 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and a $5,000 grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. The funding is […]
Latoya Small presents at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work Research Conference

Latoya Small presents at the 23rd Annual Society for Social Work Research Conference

In January, along with SMART Africa Global Fellow Dr. Tyrone Parchment and SMART Africa member Dr. Arvin Bhana, RRT Fellow, Dr. Latoya Small, presented on "Parent-Child Communication in Disorganized Neighborhoods: Helping South African Caregivers Talk to their Children to Reduce Risk Behaviors" at the 23rd Annual "Society for Social Work and Research" conference in San […]
William Byansi begins work on his area statement

William Byansi begins work on his area statement

Congratulations to our RRT Fellow, William Byansi. William recently completed all of his required coursework for his PhD degree. With his classes complete, he is now spending his summer in Uganda working towards the completion of his area statement. Keep up the excellent work William!