Leiana-Mejoi Griffith


Leiana-Mejoi Griffith

NAME: Leiana-Mejoi Griffith


MAJOR(S): Psychology

MENTOR(S): Dr. Jimmeka Guillory-Wright

DEPARTMENT(S): Psychology Department at Spelman College



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



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.



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

sponsored events

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.



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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