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2013-2015 Task Force

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Ph.D., MHSc.
Director, AAKOMA Project
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University Medical Center
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20007

Ph: 202-687-2392  Fax: 202-687-0694


Ashley M. Butler Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children's Hospital
Email: ambutler@bcm.edu

Ph: 832-822-4899  Fax: 832-825-9270





































































































































































APAHC Task Force on Disparities & Diversity

Vision Statement:  The APAHC Task Force on Health Disparities and Diversity values the unique strengths and abilities of all persons and seeks to support their behavioral and emotional health. The Task Force works to increase the provision of research-informed care that reflects the needs and concerns of diverse populations to help eliminate disparities and promote behavioral and emotional health among different groups.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Disparities/Diversity Task Force of the American Psychological Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) is to:

  1. Support APAHC in maintaining an equitable environment for diverse psychologists in Academic Health Centers.

  2. Ensure that issues of diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation and ability status remain central to the mission of APAHC.

  3. Foster discussion among AHC psychologists on research, clinical care and policy related to health disparities in behavioral health and academic medicine.

  4. Promote research on training models and clinical care to address health disparities.

  5. Support skill development and mentorship attainment in areas relevant to diversity (broadly defined) among early career psychologists and trainees.

  6. Implement targeted training programs for providers, researchers, and administrators

2016 Planned Tasks

  1. Special Issue of Division Journal

  2. Organize a literature review(s) of the state of health disparities and diversity research in psychology in academic health centers and academic medicine.

  3. Create a strategic plan
    - Delineate tasks and subcommittees for said tasks

  4. Plan presence at the 2017 APAHC conference

  5. Organize biannual programming
    - webinars on topics including Health Disparities research funding; defining diversity and health disparities; professional development issues for diversity in the workplace, etc.
    - Webinar scheduled for 11/15/16- The impact of linguistic barriers, including the use of interpreters, on patient-provider communication.

Membership Roster

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Ph.D., MHSc.
Director, The AAKOMA Project, Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University Medical Center
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20007


Graduate Assistant
Jessica Jackson, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
Counseling and Educational Psychology Department
College of Education
New Mexico State University Box 30001/MSC 3CEP
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001


Standing Member
Ashley Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Licensed Psychologist, Texas Children’s Hospital
6701 Fannin Street CCC 1630
Houston, TX 77030


New Members (Alphabatized List)

Kiara Alvarez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Disparities Research Unit
Department of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital


Adolfo Cuevas, Ph.D.
Applied Social & Community Psychology
Department of Psychology -- PSY
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751


Krystal S. Frieson, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033


RoseAnne Illes, Ph.D, L.P
Director of Behavioral Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor
FSU Family Medicine Residency @ Lee Memorial Hospital
2780 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 709 
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Michael George Mejia
Research Coordinator
Department of Behavioral Science
118 Medical Behavioral Science Building
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Office: (859) 323-5390
Cell: (859) 433-4664


Adeya Richmond, PhD, LP
Research Scientist
Department of Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus


Alisia (Giac-Thao) Tran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University
446 Payne Hall, MC-0811
Tempe, AZ 85287-0811
Office: 480-727-4067


Items of Interest

UAMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program

The UAMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program is currently accepting applications for summer 2014. This program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and was developed to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students graduating with doctorates in biomedical research. Student participants are funded ($24,000 yearly stipend and tuition) by the IMSD Program for their first two years of graduate study in one of the seven biomedical science PhD programs.  After two years, funding is provided by the graduate program or faculty mentor. 

Students selected for the IMSD Program will participate in an eight week summer transition program consisting of lectures on various biomedical topics, career and developmental seminars, and a summer research rotation prior to the fall of their first year (for Fall 2014 students will begin June 2014). Students will receive funding and academic credit during this transition program.  Additional benefits of the IMSD Program include a mentoring program, a seminar series featuring nationally recognized minority scientists, and career development.

Students will be selected for the IMSD Program based on several criteria.  

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and accepted into one of the seven biomedical science PhD programs (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, and Pharmacology).  There will be no minimum GPA or GRE for selection, but the Graduate School requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institute of higher education. The materials students submit for application to the PhD programs will also be used for evaluation for the IMSD Program. Although the dates on the Graduate School website indicate that the program application deadlines have passed, we are still accepting applications. So we encourage you to take a look at the UAMS Graduate School website and apply.
For more information, please contact
Kristen Sterba at kmsterba@uams.edu or 501-526-7396. Additional information can be found athttp://www.uams.edu/gradschool/ .

2014 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research 
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014.

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.
How to Apply: Submit an application via the NIMHD website at www.nimhd.nih.gov from April 14, 2014 to May 22, 2014. Applications will only be accepted online.
All application materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 22, 2014 for consideration. 

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:
Completed online application must include:

  • Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);

  • Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);

  • Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities(350 word limit); and

  • Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit). 

**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.
Course Information

  • Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or rejected by June 25, 2014.

  • The course overview and syllabus will be on the NIMHD website by mid-April.

Course Contact
• For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

AAMC Diversity 3.0 Learning Series Resources:  A set of on-demand tools to help one learn the essentials of managing human capital and a variety of topics related to supporting diversity and creating an inclusive work environment:

The AAMC Health Equity Snapshot highlighting efforts of 7 AAMC member institutions to address health equity:


The Spring Funding Cycle for PCORI is accepting applications until May 6, 2014.  Visit www.PCORI.org for more information.

Interested in Patient Centered Research?
www.pcori.org has lots of ways for you to become involved from their PCORI Ambassador Program to their Merit Reviewers, to general events and meetings. Visit their website to learn more  about efforts ot address disparities and improve care for patients, families, caregivers and consumers.


Grant Opportunities

Announcement of a new opportunity for diversity investigators:

Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R03) 
Participating Institutes and Centers:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Mental Health
Office of Dietary Supplements

Application Receipt Date(s): June 16, 2013; June 16, 2014; June 16, 2015


Journal of Child and Family Studies. Volume 22 Number 1 >>Link<<

  1. African American Youth Mental Health: Individual, Environmental and Clinical Factors in Context
    Alfiee M. Breland-Noble Pages 1-3

  2. Relationship Between Religiosity and Conduct Problems Among African American and Caucasian Adolescents
    Sherry Davis Molock, Crystal L. Barksdale Pages 4-14

  3. Racial Discrimination and African American Adolescents’ Adjustment: Gender Variation in Family and Community Social Support, Promotive and Protective Factors
    Shauna M. Cooper, Charity Brown, Isha Metzger… Pages 15-29

  4. African Americans and Mathematics Outcomes on National Assessment of Educational Progress: Parental and Individual Influences
    Richard Noble III, Crystal Hill Morton Pages 30-37

  5. Adverse Life Events, Coping and Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors in Urban African American Youth
    Yadira M. Sanchez, Sharon F. Lambert… Pages 38-47

  6. A Qualitative Exploration of Rural African American Youth Perceptions about the Effect of Dating Violence on Sexual Health
    Tanya A. Montoya, Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah… Pages 48-62

  7. The Influence of Supportive Parenting and Racial Socialization Messages on African American Youth Behavioral Outcomes
    Corinn A. Elmore, Noni K. Gaylord-Harden Pages 63-75

  8. Stress Among African American Emerging Adults: The Role of Family and Cultural Factors
    Kristina Hood, Joshua Brevard, Anh Bao Nguyen… Pages 76-84

  9. Protective Factors for Depression Among African American Children of Predominantly Low-Income Mothers with Depression
    Rhonda C. Boyd, Christine Waanders Pages 85-95

  10. Depression in Inner City African American Youth: A Phenomenological Study
    Mirian E. Ofonedu, William H. Percy… Pages 96-106

  11. Understanding the Behavioral Determinants of Mental Health Service Use by Urban, Under-Resourced Black Youth: Adolescent and Caregiver Perspectives
    Michael A. Lindsey, Kerri Chambers, Cara Pohle… Pages 107-121

  12. Predictors of Therapist Adherence and Emotional Bond in Multisystemic Therapy: Testing Ethnicity as a Moderator
    Stacy R. Ryan, Phillippe B. Cunningham… Pages 122-136

  13. Developing Culturally Responsive Evidence-Based Practice: A Game-Based Group Therapy Program for Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
    Justin R. Misurell, Craig Springer Pages 137-149

  14. Chicago Urban Resiliency Building (CURB): An Internet-Based Depression-Prevention Intervention for Urban African-American and Latino Adolescents
    Alexandria Saulsberry, Marya E. Corden… Pages 150-160

  15. Uplifting the Family: African American Parents’ Ideas of How to Integrate Religion into Family Health Programming
    Dominica F. McBride Pages 161-173

  16. Book Review
    James K. Luiselli (ed): Teaching and Behavior Support for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Practitioner’s Guide
    Ramasamy Manikam Pages 174-175