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Larry Keen

Keen, Larry, PhD

Neuropsychology, Psychoneuroimmunology

Assistant Professor

Phone: (804) 524-5523
Fax: (804) 504-5460
Location: Hunter McDaniel, Rm 30N-e


  • Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, Howard University, Washington DC
  • M.S. in Neuropsychology, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • B.A. in Psychology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 


  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Health Psychology

Research Interest

  • Neurocognitive Performance
  • Substance Use Epidemiology
  • Innate Immunity
  • Obesity
  • Autonomic Activity

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate: Experimental Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Physiological Psychology
  • Graduate: Health Education and Behavioral Science

Selected Publications

  • Keen, Larry, and Arlener D. Turner. "Association Between Interleukin-6 and Neurocognitive Performance as a Function of Self-Reported Lifetime Marijuana Use in a Community Based Sample of African American Adults." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 20.08 (2014): 773-783.
  • Keen II, L., Whitehead, N. E., Clifford, L., Rose, J., & Latimer, W. (2014). Perceived Barriers to Treatment in a Community-Based Sample of Illicit-Drug-Using African American Men and Women. Journal of psychoactive drugs46(5), 444-449.
  • Keen, L., Dyer, T. P., Whitehead, N. E., & Latimer, W. (2014). Binge drinking, stimulant use and HIV risk in a sample of illicit drug using heterosexual Black men. Addictive behaviors39(9), 1342-1345.
  • Keen, L., Pereira, D., & Latimer, W. (2014). Self-reported lifetime marijuana use and interleukin-6 levels in middle-aged African Americans. Drug and alcohol dependence140, 156-160.
  • Keen, L., Khan, M., Clifford, L., Harrell, P. T., & Latimer, W. W. (2014). Injection and non-injection drug use and infectious disease in Baltimore City: Differences by race. Addictive behaviors39(9), 1325-1328. 

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Larry Keen is an assistant professor of psychology at Virginia State University, where he teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Keen teaches courses that center around general research in psychology, conceptual models for health psychology and physiological processes that influence behavior. 

Dr. Keen’s research interests are focused on infectious disease susceptibility and neuropsychological performance in the African American community.  Dr. Keen recently completed his National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida and is currently writing grant proposals to continue exploring the relationship between substance use, immunity and neurocognition.  He is currently collecting pilot data utilizing VSU students and the surrounding community.  Ultimately, Dr. Keen aspires to a psychoneuroimmunologically-based model exploring the deleterious influence of substance use on immunity, with influences on neurocognitive function among African Americans.

Dr. Keen is also developing his research laboratory in the department of Psychology, with both graduate and undergraduate students working on scientific professional presentations, manuscripts and even grant proposals.  Dr. Keen also has a strong push for professional development of his students, as he makes sure to devote time not only to research and teach, but to the mentorship and development of the students he works with.

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