Jada Brooks, Ph.D.


Visiting Assistant Professor
820 W Franklin St, rm 200

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (2011), Virginia Tech

Research Interests

My research focuses on several areas related to African American families, religiosity, emerging adulthood, and student success, academic persistence, and retention among underrepresented college populations. One of my recent projects examined self-identified African American college students’ experiences attending a Historically Black University. Currently I am interested in mate selection in emerging adults, health and wellness and social activities in older adults, and academic persistence in African American college students.

Select Publications

Moore, D. D., King, E., & Brooks, J. E.(2017).The meaning of obesity in the church: A pastoral leader’s perspective. Pastoral Psychology, 66, 45-64. doi: 10.1007/s11089-016-0716-2
Brooks, J. E., & Moore, D. D. (2016). The impact of childhood experiences on perceptions of health and  wellness in African American young adults. Journal of African American Studies, 20, 183-201. doi:10.1007/s12111-016-9327-3 
Brooks, J. E. (2015). The impact of family structure, relationships, and support in the collegiate experiences of African American college students. Journal of Black Studies, 46, 817-836. doi: 10.1177/0021934715609914
Brooks, J. E., & Allen, K. R. (2014). The influence of fictive kin relationships and religiosity on the academic persistence of African American college students attending an HBCU. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 814-832. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14540160
Allen, K. R., & Brooks, J. E. (2012). An intersection of sexuality, spirituality, and gender: Young adults’ perceptions of religious beliefs in the context of sexuality education. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7, 285-308. doi:10.1080/15546128.2012.740859

Recent Courses

  • Psychology of Adolescence, undergraduate level
  • Lifespan Development Psychology, undergraduate level