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Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Professor
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2010
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio:
    Vulnerable Populations
  • Project Name:
    Effectiveness of Mentoring Interventions for African American and Latino Male Youth
  • The proposed project will use meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of mentoring as an approach to addressing health and social disparities faced by African American and Latino male adolescents and young adults. Interventions that integrate cultural dimensions in mentoring initiatives will be prioritized for inclusion in the systematic review protocol. The overall impact of mentoring will be calculated by estimating average effect sizes. Homogeneity analyses will be used to identify moderating influences on intervention impact. The project will assess the extent to which previously identified moderators of mentoring interventions' effectiveness--such as program design and implementation, mentor characteristics, and mentor-mentee dynamics--hold true for the target population. The project seeks to reveal the effectiveness of coupling cultural attributes (including perceptions of racial/ethnic identity, immigration status, and level of acculturation of participants) with a mentoring intervention in producing positive health and social outcomes for African American and Latino male adolescents and young adults. Products and deliverables will include two manuscript submissions, presentations at national meetings, and community dissemination of the research findings.
  • Professional Bio

    Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a provisional Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brown University (1996), his Master of Science degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University (2001), and his doctorate in psychology (clinical) from The University of Michigan (2006). Dr. Neblett’s research examines the relation between racism-related stress and health in African American and ethnic minority youth, with a focus on racial and ethnic protective factors and mechanisms that promote health. A new line of research currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) examines psychophysiological mechanisms that may account for the hypothesized link between racism and racial health disparities. His work has been presented at several national conferences and published in journals such as The Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Journal of Black Psychology, The Journal of Research on Adolescence, and The Journal of Youth and Adolescence. In addition to his UNC affiliations, Dr. Neblett is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Society for Research in Adolescence. In 2010, he received the UNC Psychology Club Faculty Research Mentor Award, for “outstanding mentorship to undergraduate students conducting research in psychology.” Dr. Neblett is also a former recipient of the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, a two-year research and training award that was funded by NSF to examine racial identity, coping with racism, and cardiovascular physiological responses to racism-related stress.

    Project Description

    The proposed project examines youth mentoring as an approach for addressing the myriad of challenging health and social outcomes faced by African American and Latino male adolescents and young adults. The specific aims of the project are: (1) to examine the overall impact of mentoring interventions for African American and Latino male youth; (2) to evaluate the extent to which previously identified moderators of mentoring intervention effectiveness (e.g., program design and implementation, mentor characteristics, characteristics of mentor-mentee relationships) also moderate the effectiveness of mentoring interventions for African American and Latino male youth; and (3) to assess how cultural attributes of program participants (e.g., immigration status/level of acculturation) and mentoring interventions (e.g., promotion of racial/ethnic heritage, integration of spirituality, etc.) enhance youth health and social outcomes. The proposed research uses research synthesis and meta-analysis to accomplish the study aims.

    Why I Applied to New Connections

    I applied to New Connections because I was extremely impressed with the program's commitment to including diverse perspectives in identifying solutions to improve the health and health care of all Americans as well as its strong emphasis on the training and support of Junior Investigators. I anticipate that participation in New Connections will facilitate the development of life-long relationships with the Foundation and other scholars tackling health and health care issues and prepare me to take a leadership role in effecting change for racial and ethnic minority youth and all Americans.

    Research Interests

    Racism-related stress and African American child and adolescent health; coping with racism-related stress and ethnicity-based discrimination; racial and ethnic protective factors and processes in African American and ethnic minority youth (e.g., racial and ethnic identity, ethnic-racial socialization, Africentric worldview); psychophysiological processes in the relationship between racism-related stress and African American youth wellness; youth mentoring

    Discipline(s)

    Psychology

    Populations Served

    African American and Latino male adolescents and young adults

    Honors and Awards

    Psychology Club Faculty Research Mentor Award, UNC, 2010

    Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, UNC Department of Psychology, Spring 2009.

    Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) Faculty Fellow, UNC, 2009.

    African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium, University of Georgia, 2007.

    National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Howard University, 2006 – 2008.

    Michigan Teaching Fellow, University of Michigan, 2004.

    Publications

    Bediako, S.M., & Neblett, E.W. (in press). Optimism and perceived stress in sickle cell disease: The role of an Afrocultural social ethos. Journal of Black Psychology.

    Neblett, E.W., Jr., Terzian, M., & Harriott, V. (2010). From racial discrimination to substance use: the protective effects of racial socialization. Child Development Perspectives, 4(2), 131-137.

    Neblett, E.W., Jr., Hammond, W.P., Seaton, E.K., & Townsend, T.G. (2010). Underlying mechanisms in the relationship between Africentric worldview and depressive symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57(1), 105-113.

    Neblett, E.W., Jr., Chavous, T.M., Nguyên, H.X., & Sellers, R.M. (2009). “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”: Parents’ messages about race, racial discrimination, and academic achievement in African American boys. Journal of Negro Education, 78(3), 246-259.

    Neblett, E.W., Jr., White, R.W., Ford, K.R., Philip, C.L., Nguyên, H.X., & Sellers, R.M. (2008). Patterns of racial socialization and psychological adjustment: Can parental communications about race reduce the impact of racial discrimination? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18(3), 477-515.

    Other Personal Links

    http://www.unc.edu/~eneblett