Alfiee Breland-Noble is the Director of the AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimised for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Centre. She is an adolescent and child psychologist and researcher in academic medicine with a strong 10+ year track record of external and federal research funding. She is a recognised expert in adolescent depression and racial disparities in mental health as evidenced by her appointments to the American Psychological Association Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Depression Across the Lifespan (where she is the only child and adolescent disparities researcher) and the Patient Centred Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Addressing Disparities National Advisory Panel (which she was elected to from over 1200 applicants nationwide). In October 2014, she was recognised as (likely) the first psychologist to receive the Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award for Culture and Diversity from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). This award recognises stellar achievements by senior scholars invested in the mental health of racially diverse youth and families and persons with a commitment to recruiting racially diverse persons into the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Her expertise includes: adolescent mental health disparities; behavioural clinical trials; treatment engagement; community-based participatory research; faith-based health promotion and depressive illness awareness.
Alfiee is recognised as a highly skilled clinical researcher with the unique ability to translate complex scientific concepts for lay audiences and adeptness in bridging the “town-gown” divide in the clinical research arena. Her research and clinical expertise include: reducing mental health disparities for African American and diverse adolescents; depression treatment engagement in diverse adolescents; expert clinical care for depressed and anxious African American youth and young adults, mental health stigma reduction in diverse populations, health equity in community based suicide prevention and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with a specific focus on faith-based mental health promotion.
In the AAKOMA Project and Lab they utilise evidence-based, culturally relevant behavioural interventions to improve psychological/psychiatric treatment engagement by African American adolescents and their families for depressive disorders. Breland-Noble is currently involved in multiple initiatives with faith-based and other community partners in Durham, North Carolina and the Washington, DC area.
Credits: AAKOMA Project
Published: 08 October 2015
Last update: 25 August 2016