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Najé James

Former Research Assistant
Child Mind Institute

Najé James is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her role includes enrolling participants, administering and scoring assessments, and collecting data.

Najé also is the lead research assistant on two additional projects She collects follow-up data for the Coronavirus Health and Impact Survey (CRISIS) to assess risk factors for negative mental health outcomes and problematic internet usage during the pandemic, a program which is supported by the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. Najé also coordinates the Healthy Brain Network Pediatric Screening Initiative in Harlem, a collaboration with Harlem pediatric primary care providers to screen children for mental health and learning disorders as part of regular well visits.

Najé received her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. As an undergraduate she worked on several research projects focused on Black mental health and presented personal research at a university and national conference. Najé also has volunteered as a co-investigator for a pilot study at Weill Cornell Medicine and has served as a volunteer teacher’s assistant for the Emotional Support Room at the Schuylkill Haven Elementary School, gaining experience working with children with ODD and other disorders. She is passionate about improving Black mental health (especially for Caribbean Americans), targeting negative attitudes towards treatment and improving access to mental health services for persons within the African diaspora. Najé plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.


  • BS, Psychology, Penn State University