Naomi Hall-Byers, Ph.D., M.P.H
108 Old Nursing, Infirmary Wing
(336) 750-8800 (p)
(336) 750-8650 (f)
Dr. Hall-Byers is a social psychologist, with an advanced degree in public health, whose teaching and research has always focused on factors associated with high-risk health behaviors in underserved and underrepresented communities. Specifically, her work has focused on sexual decision-making and sexual behavior (particularly HIV-related risk behaviors) among underrepresented groups with a focus on cultural influences and prevention. She has independently and collaboratively conducted both quantitative and qualitative studies with both adolescents and adults. In 2010 she received the WSSU Joseph Patterson Master Teaching Award. Currently, Dr. Hall-Byers is a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, an institution recognized worldwide for its work in STI/HIV prevention and intervention. She is an alumna of the NIMH/APA Minority Mentoring Program (HIV/AIDS Research Fellow), and the APA Cyber Mentors program. She is an elected council member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) and on the steering committee for the APA Cyber Mentors program. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan and is the youngest of nine children.
- Ph.D. Applied Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
- M.A. Applied Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
- M.P.H. Maternal and Child Health, San Diego State University
- B.S. Health Sciences and Education, California State University East Bay
Research and Projects Interests:
- HIV prevention and testing in Black/African American communities
- Health disparities
- Sexual decision-making and behavior
- Relationship formation/maintenance
Lee, A. K., & Hall, N. M. (Accepted). Enriching course development: The use of an international faculty development experience. Journal of Pedagogy and Human Sciences.
Hall, N. M., Peterson, J. & Johnson, M. (In press). To test or not to test: Barriers and solutions to testing African American college students for HIV at a historically Black college. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.
Hall, N. M., & Pichon, L. C. (2014). Gender roles, sociosexuality, and sexual behavior among U.S. Black women. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 2(1), 171-182.
Hall, N. M., Lee, A. K., & Witherspoon, D. D. (2014). Factors influencing dating experiences among African American emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood (published online 15 January 2014). doi: 10.1177/2167696813520154
Paxton, K. C., Hall, N. M., & Boykin, E. (2014). Family influences during childhood on African American women’s sexual behavior during young adulthood. Universal Journal of Psychology, 2(3), 113-116. Doi: 10.13189/ujp.2014.020303
Paxton, K. C., Villarreal, B., & Hall, N. M. (2013). Increasing knowledge of HIV transmission: An important ingredient in HIV risk reduction among young African American women attending community college. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases, 1(2), 1-7.
Hall, N. M., & Applewhite, S. (2013). Masculine ideology, norms, and HIV prevention among young Black men. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 12, 384-403.
Hall, N. M. (2012). Sociosexuality, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) susceptibility, and sexual behavior among African American women. Journal of AIDS and HIV Research, 5, 43-51.
Hall, N. M., Morales, D. A., Coyne-Beasley, T. & St. Lawrence, J. (2012). Correlates of African American men's sexual schemas. Sex Roles, 67(11-12), 670-681.
Hall, N. M., & Witherspoon, D. D. (2011). The influence of sociosexuality and perceived susceptibility on the sexual behavior of African American college students. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education, and Policy, 4, 681-697.
- Courses Taught
- Scholarship Activities
- Dr. Hall-Byers' Lab
- Scholarship Day Photos
PSY 2301: Introduction to Psychological Sciences
PSY 2302: Advanced General Psychology (now PSY 2430)
PSY 3306: Abnormal Behavior
PSY 3307: Social Psychology
PSY 3312: Introduction to Black Psychology
PSY 3350: Human Sexuality
PSY 4310: Health Psychology
PSY 4321: Group Dynamics
PSY 4339 Senior Seminar in Psychology (now PSY 4439)
All sections of Independent Study
2013-2015 Culturally Tailored Approaches to STI/HIV Prevention among African American Youth and Emerging Adults. Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (Role: PI)
2012-2014 Developing STI/HIV Prevention Messages with Black College Students. National Institute of Mental Health (Role: PI/Subcontract, Parent Grant PI: T. Neilands)
2010-2014 Investigating the Sexual Milieu of Young African American College Students: Implications for STI/HIV Prevention and Intervention. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Role: PI)
2010-2012 Cyber Mentors Program Career Development, American Psychological Association, Office of AIDS (Role: PI/Subaward, Parent Grant PI: J. Anderson)
2008-2010 Sexual Schemas and Sexual Behavior among Young Heterosexual African American Men. University of North Carolina, Center for AIDS Research (Role: PI/Subaward, Parent Grant: C. Golin)
2008-2010 Exploring Sociocultural Correlates of Responsible Sexual Behavior. Winston-Salem State University, Research Initiation Program (Role: PI)
Recent Conference Presentations (Oral/Poster)
Hall, N. M., & Lee, A. K. (2014, March). Sociocultural Factors Impacting Dating Experiences among African American College Students. Oral presentation at the Annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
Lee, A.K., & Hall, N. M. (2014, March). The Relationship between Chronic Stress and Weight Indicators among Black College Students. Poster presentation at the Annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
Hall, N. M., Peterson, J., & Johnson, M. (2014, March). Testing African American College Students for HIV at an HBCU. Poster presentation at the Annual Southeastern Psychological Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
Kea-Edwards, A.*, & Hall, N. M. (2013, April). Factors that Influence Young African American’s Willingness to Donate. Oral presentation at the Annual Behavioral Sciences and Social Work/Psychological Sciences Research Symposium. Winston-Salem, NC.
Green, J.*, Holland, U.*, & Hall, N. M. (2013, April). Reality Television: A Current Component of African American Female Empowerment. Poster presentation at the Annual Winston-Salem State University Scholarship Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
Robinson, A. M. L*, Manley, C. L.*, Witherspoon, D. D.* & Hall, N. M. (2013, April). The Influence of Sex Partner Selection of Condom Use among Non-heterosexual Male African American College Students. Poster presentation at the Annual Winston-Salem State University Scholarship Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
Holland, U.*, Eluka, N.*, Green, J*, & Hall, N. M. (2013, April). Investigating the Impact and Effectiveness of STI/HIV Media Messages among Black College Students. Poster presentation at the Annual Winston-Salem State University Scholarship Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
Hall, N. M., & Witherspoon, D. D*. (2012, June). Attitudes, Perceptions and Sexual Experiences of African American College Students. Poster presentation at the 9th biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Charlotte, NC.
Hall, N. M., & Witherspoon, D. D* (2012, May). The Connection between Casual Sex, Perceived Susceptibility, Mate Availability, and the Sexual Behavior of African American College Students. Poster presentation at the 2nd Biennial Division 45 Conference. Ann Arbor, MI.
Hall, N. M., & Lee, A. K. (2011, February). Infusing Global Awareness through the use of Self-Relevant Activities. Oral presentation at the 2011 Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. Greensboro, NC.
Hall, N. M. (2010, July). The Relationship between Sexual Schemas, Masculine Ideology, and Sexual Behavior among Young African American Men. Poster presented at the 2010 Division 45 Conference. Ann Arbor, MI.
Hall, N. M. Chair (2010, June). Social and Cultural Factors in Responsible Sexual Behavior. A symposium entitled, African American college students: Strengths-based approaches to improving their health. Oral presentation at the 8th biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), New Orleans, LA.
Hall, N. M. (2009, July). Exploring sociocultural correlates of responsible sexual behavior of Black college students. Oral presentation at the annual Association of Black Psychologists conference. Atlanta, GA.
Hall, N. M. (2009, July). Sexual Schemas and Sexual Behavior among Young Heterosexual African American Men. Oral presentation at the annual Association of Black Psychologists conference. Atlanta, GA.
Hall, N. M., Lee, A. K., & Lewis, M. K. (2009, March). Using international faculty development experience to globalize pedagogies. Information presented at the annual University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference. Chapel Hill, CA.
Hall, N. M. (2009, February). Improving the Critical Thinking Skills of Psychology Students. Oral presentation at the 2009 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. Greensboro, NC.
|2012 - 2015||Chair, Institutional Review Board|
|2012 - present||Member, Scientific Literacy Committee|
|2012 - present||Research Mentor, Bridges to Doctoral Program (in Nursing Department)|
|2012 - present||Research Mentor, Chancellors Scholars Program|
|2011 - present||Member, Provost’s Honors Advisory Council|
|2011 - present||Member, Grade Appeals Committee (Social Sciences)|
|2010 - 2012||Member, Institutional Review Board|
|2010 - present||Member, Research Initiation Program Review Committee|
|2009 - 2012||Member, Faculty Senate|
|2009 - present||Research Mentor, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*Star)|
|2014 - present||Steering Committee Member, APA Cyber Mentors Trainee Program|
|2014||Reviewer, Southeastern Psychological Association Conference|
|2014||Reviewer, APA Annual Conference|
|2013 - present||Editorial Board, Journal of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases|
|2013 - 2016||Elected Council Member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Div. 9)|
|2013 - 2015||Member, Diversity & Policy Committees, SPSSI|
|2008 - 2011||Newsletter Co-editor, SPSSI|
American Psychological Association Divisions: 9, 41, 45, 51
Southeastern Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
|Year||Former/Current Lab Students|
|2008 - 2010||Chantel Ross (obtained an MA in Counseling from University of Texas, San Antonio)|
|2008 - 2010||Quintin Jones (International Sales Manager, Schreiber Foods)|
|2009 - 2011||Carese Bates|
|2010 - 2011||Courtney Smith|
|2010 - 2011||Kiara Burns|
|2010 - 2011||Makey'ba Charles|
|2010 - 2012||Charles Chavis|
|2012 - 2013||Jamila Green (enrolled in MA in Community/Social Psychology program at University of Massachusetts, Lowell)|
|2012 - 2013||Umaria Holland (enrolled in MA in Forensic Psychology program at Roger Williams University)|
|2012 - 2014||Amber Kea-Edwards (accepted to Positive Organizational Behavior PhD program at Claremont Graduate University, to begin Fall 2014)|
|2012 - 2014||Carissa Manley (current student, accepted to WSSU Nursing Program)|
|2012 - 2014||Andrelisae Robinson (current student, accepted to WSSU Nursing)|
Amber Kea-Edwards (Scholarship Day 2013)
Amber is a 2014 WSSU Psychology graduate and entering Claremont Graduate University’s PhD program in Positive Organization Behavior, Fall 2014
Umaria Holland and Jamila Green (Scholarship Day 2014)
Umaria is a 2013 WSSU Psychology graduate and currently in a Forensic Psychology graduate program at Roger Williams University. Jamila is a 2013 WSSU Psychology graduate (and MARC U*Star alumna) and currently in a Community/Social Psychology graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Umaria Holland and Nneze Eluka (Scholarship Day 2013)
Nneze Eluka has a Masters degree from North Carolina State University and is currently investigating doctoral programs in either Psychology or Public Health.
Carissa Manley (Scholarship Day 2014)
Carissa is a Chancellor’s Scholar student and was just accepted into the WSSU Nursing program!!!
Andrelisae Robinson (Scholarship Day 2014)
Andrelisae a Chancellor’s Scholar student and was just accepted into the WSSU Nursing program!!!