Health and Relationships During College (HRDC)

The Health and Relationships During College (HRDC) is a research study conducted at University of Missouri, Columbia under the direction of Dr. Antoinette Landor (University of Missouri) and Dr. Katharine Zeiders (University of Arizona). We examined 150 African American and Latino college students using online survey instruments and weekly diary reports to examine students’ experiences within the college setting.

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  • How common are overt and subtle experiences of discrimination on campus?
  • What is role of skin tone (and other phenotypic characteristics) in students’ experiences?
  • How does discrimination disrupt students’ academic success and well-being?
  • How does ethnic/racial identity and pride help students cope with experiences?
  • Opportunities for Mizzou students’ voices to be heard
  • Faculty and students working together to understand racial climate at Mizzou
  • Undergraduate/Graduate research opportunities
  • Empirical data about Mizzou students’ experiences
  • Ideas and recommendations to address discrimination on college campuses

Project Investigators

Dr. Antoinette Landor

Antoinette LandorDr. Landor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the impact of discrimination (based on skin tone and race) on family dynamics, mate selection, and health. In addition, she explores the sexual and romantic relationship behaviors of adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Landor grew up in southern Louisiana in a town called Lake Charles and attended Grambling State University for her undergraduate education. She is a proud and active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, listening to music, and shopping.

Dr. Katharine Zeiders

Katharine ZeidersDr. Zeiders is an Assistant Professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Zeiders completed her Ph.D. at Arizona State University and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University and Arizona State University. Her research interest focus on sociocultural stressors, physiology, and well-being among Latino youth and families.

Graduate Research Assistants

Steven Berkley

Steven BerkleySteven Berkley is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. He earned his MA in Human Development and Family Science, with a concentration in Youth Development from the University of Missouri- Columbia, and his BS in Economics from Morgan State University. His current research interests include African-American emerging adults and their transitions in college, career, and family.

Alaysia Brown

Alaysia BrownAlaysia received a BA in Psychology and a minor in English from the University of San Diego in 2016. She is currently working toward a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests include understanding how issues related to skin-tone manifest in the Black community, and how these issues influence self-esteem, belongingness, and romantic relationships.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Candace Cunningham

Candace CunninghamCandace Cunningham is a senior from Kansas City, Missouri. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Black Studies, as well as a Multicultural Certificate. Her research interests include colorism and how it influences romantic relationships, as well as interracial dating and intimate partner violence in young adults. After graduating in the spring of 2017, she plans on attending graduate school and earning her PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Kate Holloway

Kate HollowayKathleen Holloway is a senior from St. Louis, MO. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science, Family and Lifespan Development. Her research interests include, race and discrimination, human sexuality, and mental health. Kathleen is also an Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research. She is a recipient of the Program for Undergraduate Research award and plans on continuing to do research at Mizzou. After graduating from the University in the spring of 2017 she plans on attending graduate school and earning her PhD.

Jayley Janssen

Jayley JanssenJayley Janssen is a senior at the University of Missouri pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science. Her research interests encompass early childhood development, with a particular interest in the interrelation of socioeconomic status and infant’s cognitive and social development. Upon graduating from the University, Jayley plans to continue her education and research interests by working towards a PhD.

Nikita Smith

Nikita SmithNikita Smith is a senior from Chicago, IL, double majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in HDFS. She is currently the vice president for the Association of Black Psychologists and an intern for MU McNair Scholars Program. She is also a mentor for the Lutheran Child and Family Services, where they invite mothers with unplanned pregnancies or that may be a single parent to come out and share their stories. After graduating in the Spring of 2017, she plans to attend a graduate program and obtain a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Eventually, she would like to have her own practice where she counsels families and couples. While balancing the work of her own practice, she would like to mentor kids who are in foster care or adopted.

Where are they Now? Past Undergraduate Research Assistants

Deidra Bibbs

Deidra BibbsDeidra is a counselor at WestCare Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides various healthcare services to at-risk populations. In 2016 she received her BA in Psychology and Sociology Her research interests include psychological and developmental differences among adolescents who have behavioral or emotional issues and those who have had traumatic experiences, as well as minority populations. She hopes to enter a graduate program and plans to have a career in the mental-health field in the near future.

Asantewaa Darkwa

Asantewaa DarkwaAsantewaa is currently a doctoral graduate student in Sociology at Georgia State University. She is from Chicago, Illinois, and in 2016 graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Multicultural Certificate from all her previous experience with studying and learning about people from all ethnic backgrounds. Her research interests include developmental psychology, mental health, and psychological differences between different cultures here in the United States.

Symone Lenoir

Symone LenoirSymone Lenoir is currently on hiatus from her graduate studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science working towards her MA at University of Missouri. Her research interests include examining skin tone and its impact on identity development in adolescents and young adults. Presently, she is completing a yearlong fellowship with public relations firm, FleishmanHillard. As an Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow Symone works to increase diversity and inclusion efforts in the field of communications, promoting diversified media outreach and content development. She is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2015 she received her Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Communication, Women & Gender Studies and Social Work and a minor in Black Studies. She has also earned the Multicultural Certificate due to her commitment to creating a more inclusive society for people of every background.

Carlton Slaughter

Carlton SlaughterCarlton Slaughter is from Bloomington, Illinois. He graduated from Mizzou in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology (Minor in Social Work) and a strong background in Statistics. He was the President of the MU chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. He is currently planning to get a master’s degree and pursue a career in I-O psychology. He would like to impact the lives of minority youth in the community.

Maiya Smith

Maiya SmithMaiya Smith is currently working at a nursing and convalesce home in Chicago, IL as a Psychological Rehabilitation Service Coordinator (social worker). She works hands on with people who have diagnoses of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dependent personality disorder, etc.

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly TaylorKimberly Taylor is a Junior at the University of Central Missouri from Saint Louis, Missouri. She last attended the University of Missouri- Columbia Spring 2016. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Kimberly volunteers for American Red Cross and is a member in the Student Nursing Organization (SNO) and Africana Studies Leadership Council (ASLC). Kimberly is continuing research in the Microbiology department at the University of Central Missouri. In the future, she plans to obtain a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies after completing her bachelor's degree.

Kristen Turner

Kristen TurnerKristen is a senior at the University of Missouri pursuing a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Education. She has shown her passion for educating children through volunteering at the Boys and Girls club of Columbia, mentoring Columbia high school students in her organization SPEAK Community Theater , and working as an assistant teacher at highly acclaimed Academy of Early Childhood Learning. In the future, Kristen plans to attend graduate school for educational policy and hopes to research policy implication in disadvantaged schools.

HRDC group photo

HRDC group photo

HRDC lab member presented their research at the MU Undergraduate Research Forum!

Kristen Turner, Deidra Bibbs and Carlton Slaughter presented Correlations between discrimination and Latino and African American college students’ academic aspirations, expectations, and satisfaction. The poster received an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research—Honorable Mention!

Jayley Janssen, Kate Holloway and Carlton Slaughter presented Does love have color? A study exploring openness to interracial relationships and discrimination experiences.

Undergraduate student with Drs. Landor and Zeiders

Undergraduate student with Drs. Landor and Zeiders

More research opportunities

Deidra Bibbs received a scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Diversifying Clinical Psychology Weekend which included an intensive set of seminars, panel discussions, and workshops, and meet clinical psychology doctoral students and faculty in formal and informal settings!


Asantewaa Darkwa graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Multicultural Certificate! She will be attending Georgia State University in Fall 2016 to begin working on her PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Race and Urban Studies!


Alexandra Davis accepted an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies in the Individual, Family, and Community Education department at the University of New Mexico!

HES PURE (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) Award winner for 2016-2017

Kathleen Holloway received a PURE award from the College of HES for her project titled "The Impact of Color: Phenotype, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health."

Please check back soon for new content.


Dr. Antoinette Landor
Department of Human Development and Family Science
407 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4888

Dr. Katharine Zeiders
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
McClelland Park Room 235E
650 N Park Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-2157

African-American students with books

students walking on campus

family sitting on couch together