NAME: Leiana-Mejoi Griffith
YEAR OF STUDY: Senior
MENTOR(S): Dr. Jimmeka Guillory-Wright
DEPARTMENT(S): Psychology Department at Spelman College
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: CITI Training HONORS:
2016 ABRCMS Poster Presentation Award
2017 Spelman College Psychology Department Honors Thesis Program
2017 Atlanta University Center Psychology Research Day 3rd place Oral Presentation
2017 Minority Access Conference 1st place Psychology Presentation
2017 American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Travel Award Recipient
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
Leiana-Mejoi Griffith is conducting a research project that investigates effects of receiving misinformation from an authority figure. Additionally, she is examining the reason why people continue to believe false information once they receive a correction.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:
Research Assistant for Resilient Families and Youth Lab Department of Psychology, Georgia State University Research Mentor: Ciara Smalls-Glover, Ph.D.
▪ Examined the relationship between racial identity and academic achievement among college freshmen and completed an extensive literature search on racial identity and academic achievement
▪ Assisted graduate students in the lab with the Health and Well-Being of College Freshman study
▪ Assisted principal investigator with various lab tasks
RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Scholar
National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
▪ RISE is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
▪ Participated in weekly modules, research seminars, graduate school preparations programs, and other RISE
Research Assistant for Black Families Research Group
Department of Family Science, University of Maryland @ College Park
Research Mentor: Mia Smith-Bynum, Ph.D.
▪ Assisted with the evaluation of a program for high-achieving African American young men
▪ Participation in coding team using data from a focus group data study focused on racial socialization experiences in young African American
▪ Completed open and axial coding of focus group transcripts using Dedoose software
▪ Assisted Dr. Smith Bynum in an extensive literature search for a research article focused on racial discrimination experiences in African American youth
Research Assistant for Stereotyping and Social Interactions Lab
Department of Psychology, Spelman College
Research Mentor: Valerie Jones Taylor, Ph.D.
▪ Designed and executed an experiment to investigate the effects of stereotype confirming behavior and examine the emotional responses of black men and women
▪ Ran participants and served as confederate for lab experiment examining race relations and the effect of prejudice in interracial interactions
▪ Served as a lead research assistant for the lab by recruiting for various studies, scheduling participants, and managing other lab assistants
Research Assistant in the Chen Laboratory
Department of Cell Biology, Emory Univ. School of Medicine
Research Mentor: Cristy Tower-Gilchrist, Ph.D.
▪ Served as a research assistant to a postdoctoral fellow in the Chen Laboratory
▪ Examined the role of protein trafficking in the establishment of planar cell polarity (PCP) using the inner ear as a PCP model
▪ Completed polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) and cell quantification to analyze DNA
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: After obtaining a PhD is Social Psychology, Griffith aspires to be a University Principle Investigator.
PUBLICATIONS: Griffith is currently contributing to a publication with Dr. Valerie Taylor. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Griffith has presented at a number of research conferences, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for
Minority Students, Minority Access, Incorporated Research Conference, Atlanta University Center Psychology Research Day, and Spelman College Research Day. Due to her outstanding performance during presentations, she has been selected to receive a travel award for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Conference.