Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Ph.D., MHSc.
Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church
Rev. Linzie Atkins, Pastor
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. James E. Victor, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Asa Lee, Assoc. Pastor
I live for
Honest, unapologetic conversations about our mental health
AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents)
Dr. Breland-Noble’s research focuses on reducing mental health disparities in racially diverse adolescents, youth, and families. Dr. Breland-Noble is currently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical expertise includes culturally relevant treatment for depression and anxiety in teens and adults.
Dr. Breland-Noble is a recognized expert in adolescent depression disparities as evidenced by her appointments to the American Psychological Association Board to Develop Depression Treatment Guidelines and the PCORI National Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. She currently leads multiple research teams with a focus on patient-centered outcomes research, community-based participatory research, behavioral clinical trials, and faith-based mental health promotion.
The AAKOMA Project
Via the PCORI Eugene Washington Engagement Award, Dr. Breland-Noble, a medical center researcher, Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase-Sands, a faith community leader, and Mrs. H. Kathy Williams, a community mental health advocate, are employing their knowledge of African-American culture and their outreach, research, and clinical experiences to partner with faith communities, patients, and stakeholders to empower them to conduct patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research for youth mental illness. They are engaging their stakeholders to assist them in 1) understanding the gaps in African Americans’ knowledge about comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research in mental health and 2) designing a curriculum to address these gaps. This engagement project is designed to increase the capacity of faith communities, youth, and stakeholders to lead, design, and conduct their own patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research studies.