VCU Massey Cancer Center


Massey member directory

For members: update your profile »

« Back to member list

Aashir Nasim, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Affiliated leadership roles

Director, VCU Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation (iCubed)
Vice president for inclusive excellence, VCU

Department affiliations

Professor, Division of African American Studies, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences


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

Awards and honors

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

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 (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

Search In PubMed

Contact information


View graphic version