Randl Dent


Doctoral Student
Health Program


Research Lab

Discrimination and Health Research Lab

Faculty Adviser

Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D.

I completed my bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University in 2015, where I gained research experience in Dr. Megan Fulcher's developmental psychology lab. I joined the the VCU health psychology doctoral program in 2015. Broadly, my research interests are primarily focused on discrimination, healthcare utilization, patient-provider communication, both physical and mental health of African Americans, and the mechanisms by which racial health disparities are created and maintained. Additionally, I was selected for the 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program to investigate the role of feature-based discrimination in the help-seeking behaviors of black undergraduate students. My long-term career goal is to translate current research into policy in order to help patients, providers and policymakers work together to create a healthcare system that promotes health equity.

Select Publication

Hagiwara, N., & Dent, R. (2016). Patient-physician communication during racially discordant medical interactions: Limitations with the current coding systems. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 23, 511-529. doi: 10.4473/TPM23.4.6


Title: 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellow
Funding agency: National Science Foundation
Funding period: June 2017 – June 2020


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