Current Lab Members

Banks Lab

Kira H. Banks, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology at Saint Louis University. Her research examines the experience of discrimination, its impact on mental health and intergroup relations. She has worked in schools, communities, institutions of higher education and corporations towards racial equity,  to improve diversity and inclusion efforts and to engage people in productive dialogue and action. Her courses have ranged from Abnormal Psychology to the Psychology of Racism. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, Phi Beta Kappa, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.
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Alex, M.S., M.Ed.

  • Alex Maixner, M.S., M.Ed. is a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program. Alex is dedicated to conducting research that focuses on racial socialization of children. She also takes a special interest in regard to the impact of race on White Americans. Clinical interests include child and adolescent therapy and psychological assessment, pediatric psychology, and the impact of race and racism on mental and physical health. Additional interests include parent training and transracial adoption. In her spare time, Alex enjoys taking Zumba classes.

Jadah, M.A.

  • Jadah is a 2nd year in the clinical psychology program. Her research interests include discrimination and mental health, specifically internalized racial oppression. She is also interested in identity development and racial socialization, particularly with transracial adoptees and Asian Americans. She received her Master’s from Boston University and previously taught English in South Korea.

Imman, M.S.

  • Imman Musa is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Saint Louis University. Her current research involves discrimination, identity, and mental health outcomes among Muslim Americans.She has also completed research on acculturation and bicultural identity of Muslim immigrants. Clinically, Imman is interested in issues related to identity , acculturation, and minority stress. She has worked as a counselor on a college campus as well as in community and health care settings. Imman received her BA from Saint Louis University.

Onyinyechi, M.S.

  • Onyinyechi Anukem is a doctoral graduate student in the clinical psychology program at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, the impact of discrimination on mental health outcomes, and black immigrant acculturation. She has worked with underserved youth and adult populations in school, community, and hospital settings. Her research interests stem from her experiences as an intern on a federally funded program through the Louisiana Center for Disease Control to provide education and supportive services for Hurricane Katrina Victims shortly following the disaster, and her work in abused women’s shelters. Onyinyechi received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tanisha, M.S.

  • Tanisha Thelemaque is a doctoral graduate student in clinical psychology at Saint Louis University. Her research explores the experiences of discrimination, intimate partner violence, and race-based traumas on the lives of minorities and women. Her research interests were spurred by her volunteer work with HIV-affected children in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a part of the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. In addition, Tanisha has research experience in social and personality psychology as well as behavioral neuroscience. She received her BA with honors from Arcadia University.