Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson in front of blue wall

Doctoral Student
Developmental Program

Faculty Advisor: Fantasy Lozada, Ph.D.

Lab Website: S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab

I graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from North Carolina State University in 2018 with a master’s in educational psychology. I joined the doctoral program in developmental psychology at VCU in Fall 2019 to be mentored by Dr. Fantasy Lozada. My research interests are in understanding the negative effects of racism on mental health symptomology (e.g., depression, PTSD, anxiety). Additionally, I am interested in how cultural protective factors (e.g., parental racial socialization, ethnic-racial identity, etc.) mitigates those negative effects. I am also interested more broadly in promoting mental health awareness and education among racial and ethnic minority populations.