Current Scholar

Maurryce Starks

PhD Student, Psychology and Neuroscience
Maurryce Starks
Academic Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina Cohort Start Year: 2022
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Racial Justice, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations

FOCUS
How does our brain and physiological activity change as a consequence of social stress? What tools can be utilized during or after negative social interactions to improve mental and physical health outcomes? Using neuroimaging techniques, Maurryce studies how complex social interactions (e.g., vicarious racism) affect our neural activity and cognitive functioning. He also seeks to employ psychophysiological methods to explore how easily accessible interventions (e.g., meditation) can alleviate the effects of negative social interactions on our brains and bodies. Maurryce hopes his work can be used to support individual and community-level interventions that will improve overall well-being for marginalized populations.

MORE ABOUT MAURRYCE
After witnessing how health complications are often neglected within his community, Maurryce was inspired to extend the scope of his research to examine how complex social interactions impact individuals’ physiological outcomes. He hopes to combine the professional development and collaborative opportunities provided by HPRS to explore this topic.

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