Tenesha J. Coates

Scientific Manager and Project Coordinator
tjcoates@vcu.edu
(804) 827-0061

Education
B.S. in Psychology (Developmental Concentration) from Duke University, 2010

Tenesha Coates Lewis is the Project Coordinator for Dr. Danielle Dick's laboratory within the Department of Psychology. Tenesha joined the EDGE lab in 2016 and is responsible for its overall scientific management and administration.

Tenesha has dedicated over a decade toward establishing a career in fighting health disparities, particularly those affecting children and adolescents. While in her undergraduate studies, she volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and also co-founded a non-profit organization aimed to assist the at-risk youth in her community. After graduation from Duke University, she began a NIH fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch, which studied the potential for implicit biases held by healthcare professionals as they decide courses of treatment for their patients. Tenesha is an advocate for the health and well-being of all persons, regardless of cultural background or socioeconomic status. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and plans to continue on into a Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology.