Current Lab Members:

Dr. Aiken Morgan, Dextiny McCain, Jada Hyman, Destini Brown, Tierra Bessant, & Alexis Olds
Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Morgan
  • Dextiny McCain, Psychology Graduate (Fall 2019)
  • Jada Hyman, Junior Psychology Student
  • Destini Brown, Junior Psychology Student
  • Tierra Bessant, Junior Psychology Student
  • Alexis Olds, Senior Psychology Student
  • Briana Bloodworth, Senior Psychology Student (Not Pictured)
Dextiny McCain & Dr. Aiken Morgan at the NCAT Fall 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Broadly, our research examines the influence of social and health disparities on cognitive aging in African American adults and has two main objectives: 1) To examine how individual differences in social and health factors influence cognitive aging across the lifespan in African Americans. 2) To develop and implement physical and cognitive health interventions to improve cognitive function and prevent cognitive decline and incipient dementia in African American communities at disproportionate risk.

Current Lab Projects:

Physical Activity & Cognitive Function in Low-Income African Americans

Effects of Exercise on Hypertension, Gut Dysbiosis, & Cognition in African Americans

If you are a student and interested in joining our research lab, please contact Dr. Morgan at aamorgan1 [at]

Former Lab Students & Projects:

Ebone Clodfelter, Dr. Aiken Morgan, Amber Dickson, & Kyle Barrentine

Kyle Barrentine, Sophomore Psychology Student at North Carolina A&T State University

Barrentine, K., & Aiken-Morgan, A. T. (2018). Relationships between Socioeconomic Status, Education, and Depression in African American Adults.

Barrentine, K., & Aiken-Morgan, A. T. (2017). The Association between Perceived Locus of Control and Self-Reported Depression in Older African American Men.


Amber Dickson & Ebone Clodfelter, Psychology Graduates of North Carolina A&T State University

Clodfelter, E., & Aiken-Morgan, A. T. (2018). The Relationship between Social Support and Cognition in Older African Americans.

Dickson, A., & Aiken-Morgan, A. T. (2018). Education and Cognitive Aging in African Americans.