Enrique W. Neblett, Jr.

In Funded Scholars

Enrique W.

Neblett, Jr.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Professor

Professional Bio

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a provisional Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brown University (1996), his Master of Science degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University (2001), and his doctorate in psychology (clinical) from The University of Michigan (2006). Dr. Neblett’s research examines the relation between racism-related stress and health in African American and ethnic minority youth, with a focus on racial and ethnic protective factors and mechanisms that promote health. A new line of research currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) examines psychophysiological mechanisms that may account for the hypothesized link between racism and racial health disparities. His work has been presented at several national conferences and published in journals such as The Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Journal of Black Psychology, The Journal of Research on Adolescence, andThe Journal of Youth and Adolescence. In addition to his UNC affiliations, Dr. Neblett is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Society for Research in Adolescence. In 2010, he received the UNC Psychology Club Faculty Research Mentor Award, for “outstanding mentorship to undergraduate students conducting research in psychology.” Dr. Neblett is also a former recipient of the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, a two-year research and training award that was funded by NSF to examine racial identity, coping with racism, and cardiovascular physiological responses to racism-related stress.

Project Description

The proposed project examines youth mentoring as an approach for addressing the myriad of challenging health and social outcomes faced by African American and Latino male adolescents and young adults. The specific aims of the project are: (1) to examine the overall impact of mentoring interventions for African American and Latino male youth; (2) to evaluate the extent to which previously identified moderators of mentoring intervention effectiveness (e.g., program design and implementation, mentor characteristics, characteristics of mentor-mentee relationships) also moderate the effectiveness of mentoring interventions for African American and Latino male youth; and (3) to assess how cultural attributes of program participants (e.g., immigration status/level of acculturation) and mentoring interventions (e.g., promotion of racial/ethnic heritage, integration of spirituality, etc.) enhance youth health and social outcomes. The proposed research uses research synthesis and meta-analysis to accomplish the study aims.

My New Connections Experience

I applied to New Connections because I was extremely impressed with the program’s commitment to including diverse perspectives in identifying solutions to improve the health and health care of all Americans as well as its strong emphasis on the training and support of Junior Investigators. I anticipate that participation in New Connections will facilitate the development of life-long relationships with the Foundation and other scholars tackling health and health care issues and prepare me to take a leadership role in effecting change for racial and ethnic minority youth and all Americans.

Research Interests

Racism-related stress and African American child and adolescent health; coping with racism-related stress and ethnicity-based discrimination; racial and ethnic protective factors and processes in African American and ethnic minority youth (e.g., racial and ethnic identity, ethnic-racial socialization, Africentric worldview); psychophysiological processes in the relationship between racism-related stress and African American youth wellness; youth mentoring

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2010
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
  • Project Name: Effectiveness of Mentoring Interventions for African American and Latino Male Youth

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