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Aashir Nasim, Ph.D.

Research program member: Cancer Prevention and Control

Box 842509
817 S. Cathedral Pl.
Richmond, VA 23284




Professor, Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences


PhD, Howard University (2001)
MS, Howard University (1998)

Research description

Dr. Nasim's research centers on the social epidemiology of substance use and abuse among African Americans. A central research aim has been to determine how certain theoretical and methodological conceptualizations of resilience contribute to our understanding of the onset and progression of substance use behaviors from childhood to adulthood in African Americans. Following from this aim have been two primary research objectives which are to distinguish between the promotive and protective effects of sociocultural factors on adolescent substance use; and, to better understand the functionality of protective factors in buffering risks for substance use and abuse. At present, Dr. Nasim has funding from several federal and state agencies to include the National Cancer Institute and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

Published research

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Awards and honors

Mentor of the Year, 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University
Excellence in Research, 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University