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HealthPARC

The Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Research Center

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Our Mission

At HealthPARC we conduct collaborative research to understand the role that psychological, social, spiritual, and biological factors play in the development, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease in minority populations across the lifespan. We also investigate the role of cardiovascular disease in cognitive function and renal function. Founded in 2008 by Drs. Mwendwa and Thomas, HealthPARC is committed to using information learned from qualitative and quantitative research to develop interventions and treatments that prevent, reduce, and/or eliminate the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and its sequelae. HealthPARC is located in the Department of Psychology on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, DC.



Our Vision

We envision a minority community who embraces wellness

by making lifestyle choices that prevent disease and promote health

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Our Research Team

Denée T. Mwendwa, Ph.D.Principal Investigator

Olga Herren, M.S., Graduate Student

Victor L. Jones Jr., M.S., Graduate Student 

Keri F. Kirk, M.S.Graduate Student 

Kanesha Simmons, B.A.,Graduate Student


Clinical Interns and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Shellie-Anne Levy, Ph.D, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Mana Ali, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nomi-Kaie Bennett, M.S., Clinical Intern 


Our Research Partners

Regina C. Sims-Wright, Ph.D., Univ. of Delaware School of Nursing 

Clive O. Callender, M.D., Howard Univ. School of Medicine
Alfonso L. Campbell, Ph.D., Howard Univ. Dept. of Psychology

Angela P. Cole, Ph.D., Howard Univ. Dept. of Psychology

Terrance Fullum, M.D., Howard Univ. Dept. of Surgery

Camara Jules Harrell, Ph.D., Howard Univ. Dept of Psychology

Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D., Howard Univ. Dept. of Biology

Keith Whitfield, Ph.D., Duke Univ. Psychology & Neuroscience
Fatimah L. C. Jackson, Ph.D., Howard Univ. Dept. of Biology
Georgia Dunston, Ph.D., Howard Univ. School of Medicine