Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She is a trained and licensed psychologist specializing in research and clinical care for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses in teens and adults of diverse racial backgrounds. Dr. Alfiee (as she is known publically) is a gifted public speaker, author, wife, caregiver for an aging parent, and mom to 2 wonderful children.
Dr. Alfiee is a skilled clinical researcher with adeptness in translating complex scientific concepts for lay audiences and bridging the “town-gown” divide in clinical research. In addition to her primary research expertise is in reducing mental health disparities in African American and racially diverse adolescents, youth and families, Dr. Alfiee consults with nonprofit and professional organizations and has made several television, radio, podcast and other media appearances. She writes a blog and maintains a website for her work at www.aakomaproject.org. She is also a big fan of twitter under the handle @dralfiee.
Having spent most of her career in academic medicine, Dr. Breland-Noble has amassed a strong track record of professional publications and external research funding and is currently funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She leads multiple research teams (including community partners) with a focus on Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Behavioral Clinical Trials and Faith Based Mental Health Promotion.
She received extensive training at Howard University (BA, English), New York University (MA, Counseling), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology) and the Duke University School of Medicine (Master of Health Sciences – MHSc – in Clinical Research).