Colloquium - Alfiee Breland-Noble, Ph.D.
Colloquium title: “Breaking the Silence and Stress in Teens: Community-Academic Collaborative Suicide Prevention Research in Diverse Populations”
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project (www.aakomaproject.org) and Principal Director of the AAKOMA Center (www.theaakomacenter.org) and MDIL Consulting (www.mdilconsulting.com). She has boldly chosen a path to allow her to fully realize her passion in disparities focused research and clinical care for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses in racially diverse youth, college students, young adults, families and communities. She is a licensed psychologist (NC, DC and VA) and clinical investigator and is recognized nationally as a gifted scientist, public speaker and author. She also values her essential roles as a wife, caregiver for an aging parent, mom to 2 wonderful tweens, a sister and a friend.
Throughout 20 years in Research I institutions (including 15+ years in academic medicine/psychiatry), she has amassed a strong track record of professional publications (e.g. 2016 Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth) and research funding and is currently a Principal Investigator funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She leads multiple research teams, including youth patient and community advocate partners, in Patient Centered Outcomes Research, Community Based Participatory Research, Behavioral Clinical Trials and Faith Based Mental Health Promotion. She was trained at Howard University, New York University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Duke University School of Medicine.
African Americans and Blacks (including African and Caribbean immigrant populations) represent a highly underserved group in the area of mental health. Research indicates disparities in access, utilization and quality of mental health care for this population. Recently publicized events (e.g. May 22, 2018 NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt) support the notion of the lasting negative impacts of racism, discrimination and racial and other forms of trauma faced by African Americans (and other people of color); yet the persistent underutilization of mental health care by African Americans and Blacks.
This presentation will highlight the significant negative impacts of mental illness and suicide faced by young people, families and communities of color including African Americans and Blacks. The presenters will discuss what is currently known about stigma and its impact on suicide prevention, mental illness awareness in communities of color and will discuss their personal experiences in the development and implementation of innovative community-academic research approaches to addressing suicide prevention research and clinical care for diverse youth, families and communities.
The colloquium is worth 1.0 CEU for Psychologists.