Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Set for Jan. 28

Posted: January 19, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Alfiee Breland-Noble

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University Medical Center, is the keynote speaker for Mason’s annual recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

A child and adolescent psychologist and a researcher in academic medicine, Breland-Noble will give a lecture titled “Culturally Relevant Community Engaged Research: Evidence from The AAKOMA Project” on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room F.

Later that day, Breland-Noble will give the keynote address at the Evening of Reflection at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. At the Evening of Reflection, dinner will be served and winners of the Spirit of King Award will be announced.

All are invited to both events, which are free (registration is required for the Evening of Reflection).

Breland-Noble’s research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health via a five-year Career Development (K-series) Award.

As principal investigator of The AAKOMA Project, Breland-Noble serves as the institutional leader of an investigative team seeking knowledge about depressed African-American adolescents’ and families’ readiness for clinical treatment and research participation.

The study team has integrated community based participatory research principles and behavioral clinical trials methods in its research. Breland-Noble’s team has completed study phase 1, in which they identified factors associated with mental health treatment engagement, and is engaged in phase 2, in which they will develop and test their intervention to increase mental health treatment use.

Breland-Noble has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from New York University and a BA from Howard University. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Duke University School of Medicine and is currently completing a master’s in health sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Breland-Noble has been published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Family Process Journal, Psychiatric Annals, the Journal of Child and Family Studies and the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.

She also consults with a number of private and public institutions (including school, churches and community organizations) in the areas of health disparities reduction, program evaluation and improving diversity in clinical research and care.

To register for the King Evening of Reflection, see the Office of Diversity Programs and Services web site.

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