The Team


HAMPLAB welcomes researchers interested in using mixed research methods in examining health and aging among Black men. Specifically, we welcome those with a special focus on health disparities, health equity, men's health, cancer risks and prevention, illness survivorship, narrative medicine, community-engaged research, and Alzheimer's disease risks and prevention.

Darlingtina K. Esiaka, Ph.D


I am an INSPIRE Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, and the Director of Community Engagement, Aging & Brain Health Alliance (A&BHA). In 2019, I received a dual-title Ph.D. in Psychology and Gerontolgoy from the University of Kansas. My research utilizes interdisciplinary method to examine social determinants of health (SDoH) among older Black men. It addresses the critical void as to what is known about the influence of SDoH on health outcomes among Black men. 



Twitter: @dkesiaka



Lab Director and Principal Investigator

Former Research Assistants (Union College)

Daniel Schratz


Daniel Schratz is a sophomore at Union College majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in German. His research interests include combining disciplines like neuroscience and psychology to research issues like mental health and provide aid to those with mental health disorders.



Hana Young


Hana Young is a Neuroscience major at Union College, with research interests in mental health care across minority groups and public health. She hopes to attend graduate school and become a clinical psychologist in the future.



Alice Cheng


Alice Cheng is a Leadership in Medicine student at Union College, majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Chinese. Her research interests include the impact of psychological and cultural factors on public health and health outcomes. She expects to attend Albany Medical College after graduating from Union College.



Kyeisha Ross



Azezzat O. Akinola



International Research Assistants

Former Research Assistants (University of Kansas)

Taylor Allen



Courtney Alexander



Aroog Khaliq


Aroog Khaliq is  an English major and a Psychology major at the University of Kansas, with research interests in cross-cultural attitudes towards health, pubic health, and eating disorders. She hopes to attend medical school and work with Doctors without Borders in the future.



Jessalyn Li


Jessalyn is an Anthropology/Biology double major at Union College. She has a strong interest in public health. In her spare time, she likes to read and laugh with friends. 



Liam Shaughnessy


I am a Junior Psychology major and English minor at Union College from Boston, MA. My research interests is in Social Psychology and the psychology of languages. I hope to pursue a career in Marketing Research or Advertising. 



Johanna (Jojo) Sosa


I am a Psychology and Sociology double major at Union College with research interest in mental health among diverse populations and developmental psychology. After graduating from Union, I hope to go to graduate school and work with children.

Mia Minuto


I am a Junior Psychology major and Political Science minor at Union College. I am mainly interested in addiction, disorders, and mental health in society.



Kelsey Brodie