Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Faculty Director of Community Engagement, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research
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Noni Gaylord-Harden is a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University and Director of the Youth Rising Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis in 2003. She trained at the Institute for Juvenile Research (Department of Psychiatry) at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern and later as a clinical postdoctoral research associate. She was also a Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. She spent 16 years on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago before transitioning to Texas A&M University in 2020.
Dr. Gaylord-Harden conducts research on traumatic stress and psychosocial functioning in Black youth and families in challenging contexts. Her most recent work focuses on the impact of exposure to community violence and traumatic loss on Black adolescents and families in disinvested, urban communities. The overarching goals of her work are to address disparities in community violence exposure and traumatic loss and to minimize the adverse effects of violence exposure by enhancing existing strengths and assets embedded in Black youth, families, and communities. She has published several peer-reviewed research articles and presented numerous scientific conference presentations on these topics. She has received funding from The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the American Psychological Association, and the Institute of Education Sciences for her research efforts.
The Department of Psychiatry offers several research opportunities. Some studies may offer compensation and/or treatment.