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Welcome to the PRADAA!

Often times I am asked if anxiety is different among Blacks than Whites. The answer is yes in 4 important ways.

1. We are less likely to admit we are anxious.

2. We are more likely to suffer from anxiety longer than other racial groups.

3. The symptoms of anxiety are more intense for Blacks than for other racial groups.

4. Blacks are more likely to experience recurrent episodes of isolated sleep paralysis or witch riding than other groups.

Listen to Dr. Angela talk about Blacks and anxiety on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.



Sisters United Now (S.U.N.)SUN

  • Is your agency interested in beta-testing our app?
    • If so, contact Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett via email at aneal@kent.edu or via phone at (330) 672-2266
    • Working on the app
      • Working on the app (2016)
    • SUN Artistic Director and Choreographer Creating the Video APP
      • SUN artistic director and  choreographer creating the video app (2016)

The Acting White Accusation

SOS Sister Circles

Student Transitioning Action Team for Education (S.T.A.T.E.)


Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett is a national award winning psychologist, professor, author, and leading expert on anxiety disorders among African Americans A professor in the psychology department at Kent State University, she directs the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans (PRADAA). Dr. Neal-Barnett’s research is funded by grants from NIMH, NSF, and the Kent State Foundation. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the American Psychological Association’s Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award and the Harold K Stubbs Humanitarian award for research and dissemination of research into African American communities. Dr. Neal-Barnett and her PRADAA staff are dedicated to conducting research that makes a difference in the lives of African Americans. In her spare time, Dr. Neal-Barnett is a “dance mom.”

Dr. Robert E. Stadulis, Emeritus Professor of Exercise, Leisure and Sport, and Director of Data Analysis for the Neal-Barnett Research Lab provides data and statistical analyses.

Ms. Bernadette Salley, Master of Music and whose role is the musical consultant. Ms. Salley’s focus is on providing information and guidance on the musical aspect of various projects in the lab.

PUGH BIOSKETCH:                                                                                                                                  Graduate Assistant Dana Maurice Pugh is a Kent State University Summa Cum Laude graduate, five-Time winner of the United Black Students’ Ebony Achievement Award for academic excellence, recipient of KSU’s Graduate Excellence Supplement and co-recipient (with Martale Davis) of the Kent State University Graduate Research Symposium Award. Having appeared on three separate Dean’s Lists (1) at the Art Institute of Atlanta and (2) Cuyahoga Community College, Dana continued his tradition of academic excellence by appearing on five consecutive Dean’s and President’s Lists at Kent. Prior to acceptance into Kent’s Clinical Psychology program, Dana designed PRADAA’s Lab Coordinator position which now serves a function of preparing undergraduate students who aspire to advanced studies in clinical psychology for the hustle and bustle of graduate school.  A former law enforcement official, now a non-traditional student and father of three, Dana’s spare time includes applauding his daughter’s fledgling modeling career.


Graduate research assistant Martale Davis completed his undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University with a B.A. in Psychology in the spring of 2011. As a former member of The Mood and Personalities Lab at Ohio State University, Martale joined the PRADAA Lab in late 2011 with hopes that his experience as a lab coordinator would translate into success at the graduate level. After having spent time as a research assistant, Martale officially joined the PRADAA lab in the Fall of 2013. Martale’s research examines the relationship between anxiety and racial identity among African-American adolescents. In addition to his research endeavors, Martale has had the opportunity to present his work at several conferences.


Graduate Assistant Delilah Ellzey attained her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2014. A former member of the McLoyd Lab from 2013 to 2014, Delilah intends to employ that knowledge to pursue her own research endeavors on the graduate level. In addition to her position as a research assistant, Delilah also supported undergraduate students for 2 years as a resident advisor on Michigan’s campus. More recently, Delilah extended her interpersonal skills by serving low-income families of Chicago with daily housing needs. Delilah enjoys working with children and for four consecutive summers worked in a summer learning program for high-achieving African American children.  In 2015, Delilah officially became a member of the PRADAA Lab. Delilah’s research focuses on anxiety, intervention, and academic achievement among adolescent African Americans.


Graduate student Kallie Petitti is currently pursuing a Masters in School Psychology at Kent State University. In May of 2013 she graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked on several projects focusing on stress regulation for African-American Adolescents. It was these experiences that guided her towards School Psychology. She is excited to be starting her graduate career and working at the Family Child Learning Center working with children on the Autism Disorder Spectrum.

Undergraduate Assistant:

Shakira Lewis

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