Dr. Alfiee is founder and director of a research enterprise focused on helping diverse people with mental health concerns. She is recognized for her “down to earth and relatable” yet “uplifting and knowledgeable” approach to sharing her knowledge on reducing mental health disparities and improving treatment engagement for African American and youth of color.  With over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing mental health research studies for teens and families of color, she has gained a skill set vital to building strategies to help others achieve and maintain optimal mental health. 


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:

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.