Chelsie E Dunn


Doctoral Student
Health Psychology

Research Labs

Faculty Adviser

Kristina Hood, Ph.D.

I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from Wesleyan College in 2011, a Master in Public Health degree in urban public health from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science in 2013 and a Master in Arts degree in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 2016. I joined the health psychology doctoral program at VCU in 2016.

Broadly, my research focuses on reducing sexual health disparities among Black adolescent girls and young women through the development of culturally responsive and effective intervention programs. Specifically, I am interested in the impact gendered racial microaggressions, self-conceptualization and sexual socialization have on Black adolescent girls' sexual risk and protective behaviors, outcomes and attitudes.


  • 2017, Black Ribbon Scholarship ‚Äč(Graduate Student Research Award), Association of Black Psychologists
  • 2015, Honorable Mention, APA Minority Fellowship Program

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