Louretha Adams

Louretha Adams joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University in July 2022. She received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from Howard University on a full academic scholarship.  For the past 15 years, she has taught a range of courses in psychology, including neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, research methods, health psychology, theories of personality, introduction to psychology, and psychology of health and wellness. She has collaborated with research scientists abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, working as research assistant in biobehavioral health at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Her work at the HSRC afforded her the opportunity to share her perspective on the future directions of stress and health research in field of biobehavioral health, to the members of the science council of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Paris, France. During COVID in the year 2020, she founded, organized, and developed a curriculum for the Neuropsychology Camp for Children program, which offered homeschooled children in the community the opportunity to learn of the basic functions of the nervous system. Her future endeavors within academia, outside of teaching includes networking and collaborating with colleagues in research, and to identify areas of need among underrepresented students, as well as the academic needs of all students, to develop or reinvent programs that can best serve them and the department. 

Other Department Services

Undergraduate Committee Member (Current)

Research Areas

Psychoneuroimmunology, health disparities, and wellness. Affiliated faculty of the VOCES Lab with Dr. Luz Garcini (Director).


Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, Howard University, 2014

M.S. in Neuropsychology, Howard University, 2008

B.A. in Psychology, Minors in Sociology and Small Business Management, California State University (DH), 2005

A.S. in Psychology, Los Angeles Southwest Community College, 2001

Honors & Awards

Ronald E. McNair Achievement Award, CSUDH, 2014

Golden Key International Honors Society, Howard University, 2011

Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellow, KKI, 2008

Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Howard University, 2006

Frederick Douglass Scholar, Howard University, 2005-07

Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year, CSUDH, 2005


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