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Niyana “KoKo” Rasayon, MA., PhD., LPCC
Behavioral Neuroscientist; Associate Professor, University of the District of Columbia

2021 NTU Conference Presentation
Retooling The Brain During the Pandemic: Applying Dr. Fred Phillips’ Principles of NTU to the Human Octahedron


Niyana is a graduate of HBCUs exclusively; NC A&T State University, and a recipient of a Master’s degree from Fisk University & Meharry Medical College joint program in Clinical Psychology. He earned a Doctoral degree at Howard University in Psychobiology/Neuropsychology via Biomedical Research grants and a Danforth-Compton Scholarship.  He taught at Northern Virginia Community College, there he maintained class rotations in psychology at the U.S. Pentagon and Henderson Hall. Current research interests are (mTBI) chronic concussion syndromes (sequelae post axonal shearing), neuroplasticity, orthomolecular interventions in mental health conditions, and ‘brain-fog’ post COVID-19 recovery, as well as a spectrum of interests, which include undiagnosed PTSD (akin to ‘learned Helplessness’), Racism, Domestic terrorism, and the influence of ancient history on perceptions of human inter-connectedness, and crossing-over – “death.”  He has authored two books that build on social neuroscience, “Reality Check: A Manual for the Hue-man Octahedron & The Mystery of Melanin, and The Awakening: OMG The President is Black”.  In addition, he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mental Health and Social Behaviour, and a *Board Certified Fellow & Diplomate in African Centered-Black Psychology. He continues to be an invited guest on Podcasts that address brain health, Identity and the “System of Racism and White Supremacy.” His collective work experiences focus on clinical interventions and teaching designed to lift the smog of brain fog perpetuated by the Virus of Global Racism embedded in every theme that aligns science with Eurocentric thought. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia.