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Denée Thomas Mwendwa, PhD is a proud graduate of Howard University's Department of Psychology in the area of Clinical Psychology. She obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Psychology in 1999 and 2003. She completed her internship at Howard University Hospital in 2001. Dr. Mwendwa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Howard University. She is committed to the University's mission to produce graduates who are dedicated to the "discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world." Dr. Mwendwa has a specialization in health psychology with a focus on cardiovascular disease and the biopsychosocial sequelae that increase the risk for CVD in African Americans. Her goals are to reduce risk and influence the overall treatment of the disease. Current research projects examine the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors associated with CVD risk in African Americans and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Mwendwa is also collaborating with other research scholars in the areas of CVD and cognitive aging, mindfulness and stress reduction in African Americans, as well as the influence of psychoneuroimmunology on health and disease. The hallmark of her approach to spiritual, psychological and physical health is recognizing and embracing the unique experiences of all people and incorporating these experiences to promote overall wellness. Dr. Mwendwa teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Individual Psychotherapy, Health Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Division 38, American Psychological Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Psychosomatic Society, and Gerontological Society of America. I intend to honor my commitment to the betterment of the human experience through research, training and education in the fields of psychology and related disciplines.