- Keynote Topics
Dr. Alfiee’s teachings are designed to help people find their love, light and achieve optimal mental health.
Allow her to share her unique, scientific insights with you or your organization.
Mental Health for ALL Young People:
Hear Dr. Alfiee speak about her work of 20 years and the application of her research findings to 3 key areas of optimal mental health for young people (teens and young adults) of diverse backgrounds.
Innovative Suicide Prevention and Awareness:
Dr. Alfiee and a long time partner (Mrs. H. Kathy Williams) were featured for their innovative approach to suicide prevention on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They will walk you through their unique approach and apply their lessons learned from over 12 year of research to your unique setting.
The Future of Mental Health for People of Color and Under-Served Youth:
Dr. Alfiee provides a unique perspective on examining the mental health needs of diverse young people using her 20 years of research in working with socioeconomically diverse teens, families and communities.
Faith Based Mental Health Promotion for Disparities Reduction:
Dr. Alfiee spent 20 years in academic medicine (including the Psychiatry departments at Duke and Georgetown Medical Centers) building a unique and successful approach to engaging under-served populations (including youth and families of color) in depression focused research. Let her share the triumphs and lessons learned with your organization to shine a light on the benefits of this creative and successful approach to engaging hard to reach population via culturally centered methods.
Let Dr. Alfiee customize a keynote address on any of the following areas of her expertise:
- Mental illness and mental health (depression, anxiety, trauma exposure)
- Youth, teen and college student mental health
- Intersectionality (race, gender, LGBTQIA+)
- Suicide prevention and mental illness stigma
- Parenting a child with a mental illness
- Diverse women and girls’ mental health and common stressors (imposterism, sexism, racism, etc.)
- Mindfulness and meditation for diverse people
- Research (mental health disparities, building effective community/academic collaborations, training junior researchers)
Dr. Alfiee works closely with her clients to customize all workshops to meet their specific needs.
This speaks for itself. Let Dr. Alfiee customize a full or half day workshop to teach you how to prioritize self care (for youth especially) and adults how to model and promote self-care in the academic space (k-12 or higher ed).
Involved Families of Color:
Dr. Alfiee can speak to how parents, caregivers and loved ones can take up the mantle to support their own mental health and that of young people.
Building a Positive Campus Climate:
A full or half-day workshop that educates schools (K-12 & higher education) on what students think about campus climate and what they need to feel safe, be successful and achieve optimal mental health.
The Kids are Alright:
A full or half-day workshop to illuminate lessons learned directly from the mouths of babes across 20 years of rigorous research with insights into how you can build your portfolio of knowledge to include the voices of the youth you want to serve.
Let Dr. Alfiee customize a keynote address on any of the following areas of her expertise:
- How to build a useful and culturally responsive EAP
- How to recruit, retain and support the emotional well-being of diverse top talent
- How to build a happy and productive workforce
- Understanding diversity in mental health
- Being intentional with student mental health
- Centering the mental health needs of SoC
- Developing strategies for a better model of mental health
- Building a campus-wide student-athlete mental health strategy (“Crafting a Vision”)
- Building effective mental health outreach and treatment for K-12 youth with family involvement via AAKOMA FLOA (a specialized evidence-based program)
The AAKOMA Project Research
The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents) Project addresses the depression and other mental health needs of African American and youth of color by developing and implementing rigorous, culturally relevant, patient centered, community-engaged research and clinical care. With our mission in mind, we utilize the methodologies of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and traditional behavioral clinical trials to develop culturally relevant interventions that inform:
- The public about the unique mental health needs of African American and racially diverse youth (especially in the areas of depression and treatment engagement)
- The mental health field about the unique perspectives of African American and racially diverse families regarding depression, treatment engagement and mental health disparities.
Building Capacity For Black Youth/Families Engagement in Mental Health Patient-Centered Research
Through funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research institute (pcori.org) we worked with our patient, stakeholder and community partners to build a strong, engaged partnership for the purpose of reducing trauma related mental health disparities in depression and anxiety.
GHUCCTS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program
Collaborating with Black Faith Communities for Engagement in Mental Health (Comparative Effectiveness) Research
The AAKOMA Project received funding from the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (www.GHUCCTS.org) to demonstrate the utility of our strategic methods for engaging African Americans in clinical research for youth mental health.
- Engaging Black Faith Communities to Address Mental Health Disparities via Curriculum Development: Together, with faith community partners, Dr. Alfiee co-designed a curriculum to educate and raise awareness of PCOR and CER in Black communities.
- Efficacy RCT of culturally relevant treatment engagement intervention for depressed African American youth and families: This work uses mixed methods research to examine an evidence-based intervention created by Dr. Alfiee and the AAKOMA team focused on encouraging African American adolescents to seek help for their depression.
- Elucidating the Relationship Between Spirituality, Religion, Culture & Treatment Engagement for Depressed African American Youth: This work focuses on describing African Americans youth and families’ perspectives on the relationship between culture, spirituality, depression and depression treatment engagement.
Lipson, S. K., Kern, A., Eisenberg, D., & Breland-Noble, A. M. (2018). Mental Health Disparities Among College Students of Color. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63(3), 348-356. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.04.014
Breland-Noble, A.M. (2016). Diagnosis and Treatment of Depressive Disorders in African American youth. In M. Breland-Noble, C. Al-Mateen & N. Singh (Eds.) Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth.
Caldwell, C. Assari, S, Breland-Noble A.M. (2016) The Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in African American Children and Adolescents. In M. Breland-Noble, C. Al-Mateen & N. Singh (Eds.) Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth.
Breland-Noble, A.M., GWong, M. GChilders, T., GHankerson, S. Sotomayor, J. (2015). Spirituality and religious coping in African American youth with depressive illness. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18 (5).
Breland-Noble, A.M., Sotomayor, J. & Burriss F.A. (2015). Assessing Suicidality and Depression in African Americans in L. Benuto and B. Leany (eds.) Guide to Psychological Assessment with African Americans.
Breland-Noble, A.M. & GWeller, B. (2012). Examining African American Adolescent Depression in a Community Sample: The Impact of Parent/Child Agreement. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 21(5), 869-876. doi: 10.1007/s10826-011-9547-z
Breland-Noble, A.M. (2012).Community and Treatment Engagement for Depressed African American Youth: The AAKOMA FLOA pilot. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 19, (1), 41-48. Manuscript copy
Breland-Noble, A.M., GBurriss, A., Bell, C.C. & The AAKOMA Project Adult Advisory Board (2011). “Mama just won’t accept this”: Adult Perspectives on Engaging Depressed African American Teens in Clinical Research and Treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 18, (3), 225-234, DOI:1007/s10880-011-92356 Manuscript copy
Breland-Noble, A.M.; Bell, C.C., GBurriss, F.A., Poole, H.K. & AAKOMA Project Advisory Board (2011). The Significance of Strategic Community Engagement in Recruiting African American Youth & Families for Clinical Research. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 21, (2), 273-280, DOI: 1007/s10826-011-9472-1 Strategic Engagement paper
Breland-Noble, A. M., GBurriss, A., & Poole, H. K. (2010). Engaging depressed African American adolescents in treatment: Lessons from The AAKOMA Project. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(8), 868-879.
Breland-Noble, M., Bell,C.C.,& Nicolas, G., (2006). Family First: The Development of an Evidence-Based Family Intervention for Increasing Participation in Psychiatric Clinical Care and Research in Depressed African American Adolescents. Family Process. 45,(2)153-169.