Welcome to the PRADAA!

The Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans (PRADAA) is a research lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University located in Kent, Ohio. PRADAA is under the direction of national award winning psychologist Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett. We are committed to conducting and disseminating research in meaningful ways in African American communities. Feel free to look through our website to learn more about our current projects, presentations, publications and more!


Congratulations to Graduate Student Elizabeth Jean on receiving the Spring 2018 Judie Lasser Grant.

Take a look at Dr. Neal-Barnett on NBC News discussing how anxiety affects African-Americans.


Congratulations!!! to PRADAA on receiving a one year 50K grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Graduate Student Martale Davis, M.A. received the APA Division 29 Student Diversity Research Grant. Martale is one of two students in the country to receive this award.   Congratulations Martale!

Congratulations!!! to PRADAA on receiving a 75K Year 1 Ohio Commission on Minority Health  Demonstration Grant

Check out Dr. Neal-Barnett’s radio interview with WKSU discussing racial disparities in infant mortality and her work with First Year Cleveland developing a program that trains doulas not only to help with the physical care of birthing mothers, but also their emotional states including levels of stress hormones.


Check out Dr. Neal-Barnett on PBS discussing infant mortality, race-related stress and our sister circle intervention, SUN.

Check out Graduate student Martale Davis, MA and Dr. Neal-Barnett on Channel 3 News Cleveland talking about our latest research on the Acting White Accusation, Social Anxiety and Racial Bullying Victimization.

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Graduate student Martale Davis, MA and Dr. Neal-Barnett wrote an article for Anxiety.org on the Acting White Accusation. Take a look!

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Check out Dr. Neal-Barnett on News 5 Cleveland!


Congratulations to Undergraduate Research Assistant and SUN Facilitator Jordyn Lally on being selected as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award.


Congratulations to our graduating seniors!


Graduate student Elizabeth Jean presented on April 21, 2017 at the annual Kent State Graduate Research Symposium.


Graduate students Martale Davis and Delilah Ellzey presented on April 8, 2017 at the annual Anxiety and Depression Conference in San Francisco, California.

Left to Right: Martale Davis, M.A., Dr. Neal-Barnett and Delilah Ellzey

Undergraduate research assistants Catelyn Dorsey, Benjamin Siglow and Jordyn Lally presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Congratulations to Jordyn Lally who received honorable mention for her poster presentation entitled, “It Bothered Me: Stress, Bother Intensity and The Acting White Accusation.”


Congratulations to Undergraduate Research Assistant Jordyn Lally who won the Kent State Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Competition (Summer, 2016)!




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