Northeast Region

Northeast U.S. Region

States Include:
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington, DC

Northeast Regional Coordinators (RCs):

  • 2nd Year: Monique Guishard, Bronx Community College (NY)
  • 2nd Year: Justin Brown, LaGuardia Community College (NY)
  • 1st Year: Jameta N. Barlow, The George Washington University (DC)

Northeast Student Regional Coordinators (SRCs):

  • Taylor Darden, University of Maryland at Baltimore County (MD)

Introducing the 2019 SCRA NE Coordinators


Monique A. Guishard, PhD (she/her/hers)is a Blacktina, born on St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in the South Bronx. She is an accomplished storyteller, educator, community social psychologist, research ethicist, and organizer. Dr. Guishard is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Deputy Chairperson at her alma mater, Bronx Community College. She is ethics chair of the Bronx Community Research Review Board (, a local community-based board aimed at ensuring that Black, Latinx, Asian-PI, and Indigenous Bronx residents, are active participants in the ethical review of Bronx-based research. Guishard is also a board member of CUNY’s Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) and a founding member of The Public Science Project. Monique was the Principal Investigator of the $250,000 PCORI Eugene Washington funded: Community Engaged Research Academy. Guishard has 16-years of experience working in partnership with: young people, parent organizers, environmental justice advocates, and a community-based research ethics review board—on mutually beneficial research partnerships. Her work pairs theory, lived experience, and robust ethics to redress scientific racism. Recently, Guishard received Honorable Mention for the 2017 RWJF CCPH Health Equity Award. You can follow Monique’s work on:

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Justin T. Brown PhD, MPH (he, him, his) is a black, gay southern Ohioan. He is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Program Advisor for the Community & Public Health program at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Dr. Brown is the Executive Director of the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), the first US university-based research center dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of the LGBTQ community ( Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity ( He serves as a board member for the Bronx Community Research Review Board and the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center ( Dr. Brown’s work focuses on program development and intervention evaluation that addresses health inequities among persons of color, LGBT, youth, and those populations at the intersection. His dedication is further reflected in his years as a LGBTQ youth/youth of color advocate and social service provider.

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Jameta1.pngJameta Nicole Barlow,PhD, MPH, (she/her/hers)isa Charlottesville, Virginia native, is a community health psychologist, assistant professor of writing in the University Writing Program, affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. At GWU, she teaches a course on writing about science and health, specifically focusing on women’s health. Dr. Barlow utilizes decolonizing methodologies to disrupt intergenerational trauma, chronic health diseases and structural policies adversely affecting Black girls' and women's health. She has spent 22 years in transdisciplinary collaborations with physicians, public health practitioners, researchers, policy administrators, activists, political appointees, and community members in diverse settings throughout the world. Her most recent work, the Saving Our Sisters Project (,  focused on Black women's mental health and well-being, employing writing and the personal narrative. She believes "writehealing" is an effective approach towards uncovering trauma and healing. You can follow Jameta’s work on: IG/Twitter: @allaboutafya  Website:

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Introducing the 2019 SCRA NE Student Coordinator

ii_jt5zxsd70.jpegTaylor Darden is a third-year student in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research and professional interests center on how social determinants (e.g., racial discrimination, racism, and SES) impact health inequities in marginalized communities, such as African-Americans and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. She aims to advocate for health equity and make a positive change by using psychological, evidence-based research in this area to inform decisions and evaluation of policies and programs.