NAME: Janae Best
YEAR OF STUDY: Senior MAJOR(S): Psychology MENTOR(S): Dr. Teaniese Davis
DEPARTMENT(S): Research Department at Kaiser Permanente SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: CITI Training
2017 Spelman College Dean’s List
2017 Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology
2016-2015 Spelman College Dean’s List
2016 National Society of Collegiate Scholars
2015 Alpha Lambda Delta National First Year Honor Society
2014 Spelman College Honor Roll
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: (brief description):
Recently Best was accepted into the Honors Thesis Program in Psychology at Spelman College where she is investigating HIV, stigma, and perception of risk in the African American community. In addition, she is working on a genetic bio banking research study at Kaiser Permanente with Dr. Teaniese Davis. Janae also chose to continue towork on her summer research project with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health remotely.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Research Assistant, Healthy Relationships Facilitator, 2016-Present
Research Mentor: Dr. Teaniese Davis, Public Health Sciences Institute
- Taught students a Healthy Relationship curriculum through a CDC based intervention. Planned and executed workshops at Spelman College and Morehouse College analyzed and cleaned data.
Behavioral Neuroscience Research Assistant, 2017-2015
Research Mentor: Dr. Chris Markham, Psychology Department
- Investigated social stress, PTSD, and resilience using an animal model with hamsters. Learned about the ethics of animal research, animal care and handling techniques, and scored videos. Skilled in following a protocol, writing research proposals, and aseptic animal surgeries.
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Research Assistant, Summer 2016
Research Mentor: Dr. Deborah Fortune, Health Education Department
- Assessed gaps in health education offered at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, conducted a literature review, and improved research-writing skills.
Research Assistant, Summer 2014
Research Mentor: Dr. Darlene Taylor, Chemistry Department
- Studied drug delivery systems through the use of polymers, fostered wet lab skills, and gained technical skills.
Research Assistant, Summer 2013
Research Mentor: Dr. Marvin Wu, Physics Department
Evaluated effective methods of growing nanowires and learned to use a scanning electron microscope.
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and PHD in Public Health. Ultimately, Janae wants to be a principle investigator in a health disparity lab at a university.
PUBLICATIONS: A publication with Dr. Chris Markham at Morehouse College currently under review.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
During her time at Spelman College, Best has presented at local and national scientific conferences. In November of
2016, she presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and was awarded for her outstanding poster presentation. In March of 2017, Best delivered a poster presentation at the 10th Annual Health Disparities Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD in Public Health. She is
seeking to complete disparity research that could lead to intervention development. Best is very passionate about health equity and health disparities facing communities of color. Janae intends to dedicate her life’s work to working towards justice for vulnerable populations through the elimination of health disparities.