About the HBCU Center for Excellence

Our Goals
• Promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention
• Expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources
• Facilitate best practices dissemination, foster student leadership, and behavioral health workforce development

Our Approach
• Establish a national behavioral health network among HBCU institutions to facilitate collaboration between the 105 HBCUs
• Networking, mentoring, collaborating, and developing partnerships around behavioral health
• Continue to build and strengthen collaborative partnerships for the advancement of our HBCU-CFE goals

Our Team

The HBCU-CFE team has extensive leadership and expertise in the field of mental health and substance abuse.

HBCU-CFE Faculty and Staff

  • Gail A. Mattox, MD, FAACAP, Project Director
  • Eugene Herrington, PhD, Co-Project Director
  • Dollmesha Greene, BS, Program Manager
  • Joan Trent, BS, Program Coordinator

SAMHSA Project Officers

  • Shannon B. Taitt, MPA Public Health Analyst, CSAT/DSI, HBCU-CFE Project Officer
  • LCDR Alexia Blyther, MSW, LICSW, SAMHSA/CMHS, Project Officer


  • Dr. Phillip Dunston, Chairperson of Religion and Philosophy, Clark Atlanta University
  • Ms. Shirley Labbe, Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness, Xavier University
  • Dr. Ozietta Taylor, Associate Professor, Coppin State University
  • Dr. Charles Ochie, Sr., Chairperson of Criminal Justice, Albany State University
  • Mr. Art Romero, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Clinical Supervisor and Therapist at A New Awakening, Rio Rancho
  • Taytum Amber Madrid Dunn, Student - Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Sajjal Neupane, Student - Alcorn State University


  • Latrice Rollins PhD, MSW Lead Evaluator
  • Tiffany Zellner Research Assistant
  • Tandeca King Gordon M.Ed Program Manager

The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (MSM PRC) evaluation of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) has been developed to determine the extent to which the HBCU-CFE has attained proposed measures of success. The evaluation encompasses activities that will:

  • Assist the HBCU-CFE to clarify and/or establish measurable performance indicators, timelines, and work plans
  • Guide the HBCU-CFE in enhancing intervention implementation
  • Assess the cross-site effectiveness of the HBCU-CFE
The MSM PRC was established in 1998. It is one of a network of academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to achieve local and national health objectives focused on gaining knowledge about the best methodologies for solving the nation’s obstinate health problems. These centers engage in interdisciplinary applied prevention research in collaboration with community partners; federal, state, and local health and education agencies; and other universities.

For more information about the MSM PRC