Janae Trotter


Janae Trotter

Janae Trotter is a sophomore Psychology major from New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently conducts research in Dr. Valerie Taylor’s lab in Spelman College’s Psychology department. Her research primarily focuses on the emotional consequences that occur after inter- and intra-racial interactions take place. More specifically, she examines if Black racial members experience emotions such as tension, stress, and anxiety when members of one’s own race behave stereotypically in the presence of a White person. The desire of the Black person’s desire for future interaction with those whom they observed the stereotypical behavior with is also explored. In the summer of 2016, she had the pleasure of working in Dr. Teaniese Davis’ Healthy Relationships lab at Morehouse College in the Department of Public Health (as a part of the RISE START Program). There, she completed a literature review on the definition of rape culture and ways to counteract it. She presented this research at Spelman’s Summer Symposium and at ABRCMS, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in 2016. She is on the community service committee for both the So Psyched Psychology Club and PEPers, a student-led organization that focuses on mental health awareness. Janae’s interests include breaking the stigmatization that surrounds the communal issues of mental and reproductive health. Upon graduation, Janae intends on entering a top graduate program to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. Her ultimate career goal is to own a private practice as a clinical psychologist.


Email: rise@spelman.edu
Telephone: (404) 270-5713
(404) 270-5796
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 310
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location:
Tapley 412


The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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