The HBCU Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Grant Number TI-080815.
The HBCU-CFE in Behavioral Health was established as a result of the accomplishments of the HBCU National Resource Center (HBCU-NRC) for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development and the HBCU-CFE in Substance Abuse and Mental Health, also funded by SAMHSA

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 HBCU-CFE Behavioral Health Capacity Building Sub-Awards Recipients:

HBCU-CFE Sub-Awardees 2017-2018

Option I Recipients

InstitutionProject DirectorProject Director
Albany State UniversityGeorge Thomas, PhDWe Are One: ASU
Alcorn State UniversityMartha Ravola, PhDConnectivity, Awareness and Support Activities (CASA 2.0)
Bowie State UniversityTina Jordan, PhDSocial Work Training Program in Behavioral Health Services for Service Men and Women (Active and Veterans)
Clinton CollegeMr. Reggie RuckerSocial Work Training Program in Behavioral Health Services for Service Men and Women (Active and Veterans)
Coppin State UniversityOzietta Taylor, PhDChemical Dependency Internship Project (CDIP) 2017--18
Delaware State UniversityMs. Amy Gootee-AshThe Hive Supports!
Florida A&M UniversityYolanda Bogan, PhDFAMU Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity Expansion 2017-2018
Florida Memorial UniversityEdward Stephenson, PhDIncreasing Knowledge and Awareness of College Mental Health among Students at Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State UniversityTeah L. Moore, PhDRetention Through Mentoring
Hinds Community CollegeGloria Daniels, PhDUtica Healthy Emotions and More (HEM)
Interdenominational Theological CenterWillie Goodman, PhDCare Project for ITC Students
Jackson State UniversityMs. Earnestine McNeal BrownProject SAMHP (Student Awareness Mental Health Project)
Jarvis Christian CollegeMs. Katrina HinesPeer Educator-Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Network (SAVIN) and Mentorship Program
Johnson C. SmithDezette Johnson, PhDCreating, Optimizing, Practices, for Endurance (COPE)
Lincoln University (PA)Ms. Rachel MansonLincoln University of Pennsylvania Sustaining My Individual Life, Education, & Success (SMILES)
Morehouse CollegeGary Wright, PhDSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Training Program
North Carolina A&T State UniversityVivian Barnette, PhDAggies Step-Up (STEP-UP)
NC Central UniversityCarolyn Moore, PhDNorth Carolina Central University – Leadership Development through Peer Education Training and Programming
Rust CollegeDoris Ward, PhDIntegration of Behavioral Health Initiative at Rust College
Savannah State UniversityShinaz Jindani, PhDDetecting Symptoms of Distress: A Toolbox A Mental Health Reference Guide for Residential Staff on HBCU Campus
Shaw UniversityMs. Jerelene CarverBehavioral Health Workforce Capacity Expansion Sub-Award Program
Saint Augustine’s UniversityMs. April McCoyUniversity Students’ Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse: An Intervention Plan
Stillman CollegeSandra J. Jemison, PhDStillman College Behavioral Health Project—Phase IV
Talladega CollegeParnella Rowena-Deams, PhDPeer Intervention: Reaching Out to Move Forward as a “Working Force” at Talladega College
University of Arkansas Pine BluffCheryl Jackson-Golden, PhDHBCU Center for Excellence – Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity
University of the District of ColumbiaSerena Butler-Johnson, PhDLet’s Talk at UDC: Expanding Clinical Services, Increasing Accessibility, and Decreasing Stigma
Virginia Union UniversityMs. Tammy Cannon LewisHealthy Mind and Wellness Project
Voorhees CollegeJoseph DeSoto, PhDPreventing Substance Abuse Through Education and Behavioral Change
Wiley CollegeRolande Dathis, PhDStudent Internships at Behavioral Health Sites
Xavier University of LouisianaMrs. Shirley LabbeEmbracing Diversity in Behavioral Health Services, Part 2

The HBCU-CFE behavioral health capacity expansion mini-grant program supports and promotes opportunities for HBCUs to:

  • Focus on service capacity expansion, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources and workforce development.
  • Embrace a public health approach to ensure student behavioral health needs are integrated throughout an institution’s educational multiple systems.
  • Strategically align with the overall network established through the HBCU-CFE
  • Encourage behavioral health policy enhancement.

The HBCU-Center for Excellence is pleased to announce we received a notice of award from SAMSHA to continue to serve as the HBCU-CFE in Behavioral Health, thanks for your support and contributions! Information pertaining to upcoming behavioral health opportunities is forthcoming!

The HBCU Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Grant Number TI-025590.

The HBCU-CFE in Behavioral Health was established as a result of the accomplishments of the HBCU National Resource Center (HBCU-NRC) for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development and the HBCU-CFE in Substance Abuse and Mental Health, also funded by SAMHSA. More Information.


Congratulations to the 2016-2017 HBCU-CFE Behavioral Health Capacity Building Sub-Awards Recipients

Option I

InstitutionProject Director Project Title
Alcorn State UniversityMartha Ravola, PhDPartnering for Hope: A Wellness Narrative
Benedict CollegeTara H. Taylor, PhDTigers in Action III
Bowie State UniversityZuleka Henderson, PhDUsing Reality Television to Talk Mental Health Treatment with Bowie State University Students
Claflin UniversityAnisah Bagasra, PhDPromoting Campus Sexual Health
Clinton CollegeMr. Reggie RuckerPromoting Behavioral Health on Campus through Substance Abuse Internships and Peer Education Training
Coppin State UniversityOzietta Taylor, PhDThe Chemical Dependency Internship (C-Dip)/Behavioral Health Integration Projects (B-Hip) 2016--17
Delaware State UniversityMs. Amy Gootee-AshCheck the Rock: Anti-Suicide Awareness Tournament
Elizabeth City State UniversityKulwinder Kaur-Walker, PhDBehavioral Health Service Capacity, Expansion and Workforce Development
Florida Memorial UniversityEdward Stephenson, PhDPromoting Mental Health and Wellness among Students at Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State UniversityTeah L. Moore, PhDOperation Avalanche
Grambling State UniversityMary Coleen Speed, PhDThe “E.M.P.H.A.S.I.S.” (Empowering My Position Having a Say in Succeeding)
Hinds Community CollegeGloria Daniels, PhDU-Help II: Utica Healthy Engagement Leads to Prevention II
Jackson State UniversityMs. Earnestine McNeal BrownProject SAMHP (Student Awareness Mental Health Project)
Jarvis Christian CollegeMs. Katrina HinesPeer Educator-Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Network (SAVIN) and Mentorship Program
Kentucky State UniversityMr. William L. MynkEstablishment of Student Led LGBTQ
LeMoyne Owen CollegeTwanda Wadlington, PhD Student Leading Campus Behavioral Health
Morehouse CollegeGary Wright, PhDSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Training Program
Norfolk State UniversityErica R. Russell, PhD#FACEITNSU: Scholars Preparing and Empowering through Awareness
North Carolina A&T State UniversityVivian Barnette, PhDAggies Step-Up: Suicide Prevention
NC Central UniversityDr. Carolyn MooreNCCU Behavioral Health Outreach to New Eagles On and Beyond the “Sloping Hills and Verdant Green”
Savannah State UniversityMs. Jacqueline AweProject Zero: Because 1 Suicide is too many
Southern University of New OrleansMr. Travis JohnsonAfrican American Male Internship Mentoring Program: My Brother’s Keeper Project
Stillman CollegeSandra J. Jemison, PhDStillman College Behavioral Health Project—Phase III
Talladega CollegeParnella Rowena-Deams, PhDExploring Emotionally Intelligent Behavioral Health Practices at Talladega College
University of Maryland Eastern ShoreAndrea Washington, PhDBehavioral Health Promotion and Awareness Among LGBTQ Students
University of the District of ColumbiaSerena Butler-Johnson, PhDThe Development of a Multicultural Competency Training Curriculum for clinical Training in an HBCU Counseling Center
Virginia State UniversityKimberly Boyd, PhDHBCU-CFE Option I: VSU Behavioral Health Initiative Priority Population: African American youth aged 17-24
Wiley CollegeMalcolm Drewery, PhDSupport Student Internships at Behavioral Health Sites
Xavier University of LouisianaMrs. Shirley LabbeXULA Embracing Diversity in Behavioral Health

Option II

InstitutionProject Director Project Title
Shaw UniversityMs. Jarlene Carver, Director Counseling CenterBehavioral Health Capacity Expansion Mini Grant Program
Edward Waters CollegeJacqueline Conley, PhDBehavioral and Mental Health Campaign
Albany State UniversityDonyale B. Childs, PhDCampus Keepers: Campus Awareness of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 HBCU-CFE Behavioral Health Capacity Building Sub-Awards Recipients

Option I

Alcorn State UniversityArkansas Baptist CollegeBenedict CollegeBowie State University
Claflin UniversityClinton CollegeConcordia CollegeCoppin State University
Edward Waters CollegeFlorida A&M UniversityFlorida Memorial UniversityGadsden State Community College
Grambling State UniversityHoward UniversityJackson State UniversityJarvis Christian
Johnson C. Smith UniversityMorehouse CollegeNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityNorfolk State University
Rust CollegeSpelman CollegeStillman CollegeTalladega College
University of the District of ColumbiaUniversity of Maryland Eastern ShoresWiley College Xavier University

Option II

Allen UniversityCentral State UniversityNorth Carolina Central University Shaw University
Wilberforce University

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Mini Grantees/Sub Awardees Recipients

Option I

InstitutionProject DirectorProject Title
Albany State UniversityMelissa M. Gosdin, PhDA Source of Hope, A force for Change: Building Behavioral Health Capacity at Albany State University
Alcorn State UniversityMartha Ravola, PhDJourney of Hope: Promoting Behavioral Health at Alcorn State University
Benedict CollegeMillercin F. Weeks“Tigers in Action”
Bowie State University Andre P. Stevenson, PhDSuicide Prevention and Knowledge
Cheyney University of PALorna Best, MPHPromoting Behavioral Health and Community at Cheyney University
Claflin UniversityGloria S. McCutcheon, PhDMental Health Awareness Taskforce (MHAT)
Clark Atlanta UniversityKen Sanders, PhDCollege Students Taking Social Action for Healthy Behaviors: By Using Workshops and Social Media to Extend the Reach Campus Wide.
Clinton CollegeReggie RuckerIncreasing awareness by training students and faculty to identify and make referrals for students with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Coppin State UniversityOzietta D. Taylor, PhDThe Chemical Dependency Internship (C-DIP)/ Behavioral Health Integration Projects (B-HIP) 2014-2015
Delaware State UniversityTina L. Jordan, PhDPromoting Resilience Through Advocacy 2014
Elizabeth City State UniversityKulwinder P. Kaur-Walker, PhDBehavioral Health Support in Action at ECSU
Florida Memorial UniversityEdward Stephenson, PhDPromoting Mental Health and resilience and Preventing Suicide among Students at Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State University Oreta M. Samples, PhDProject: No Smokin’, No Chewin’, No Dippin’
Gadsden State Community CollegeCarl Byers“Healthy Minds, Healthy Students”
Huston-Tillotson UniversityBarbara Fountain, MAHSStudent Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) Peer Educators: Project Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Jackson State UniversityEarnestine McNeal-BrownProject SAMHP (Student Awareness Mental Health Project)
Jarvis Christian CollegeKimberly Sober, MSPeer Educator-Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Network (SAVIN)
Johnson C. SmithDezette Johnson, PhDBuilding Understanding of Liberating Lifestyles (BULLS)
Kentucky State UniversityDerrick C. GilmoreKentucky State University Mental Health Promotion Initiative
Lincoln University PARachel Manson, MSWLincoln University Sustaining My Individual Life Education & Success (SMILES)
Meharry Medical CollegeA. Dexter Samuels, PhDTreatment Modality for at Risk Substance Abuse Population (TMRSAP) At an Historically Black College/University (HBCU)
Morehouse CollegeGary T. Wright, PhDSubstance Abuse & Mental Health Training Program
Norfolk StateErica Russell. PhD#Stigma: Face It, Stomp It, Slam It
North Carolina A&T State UniversityVivian Barnette, PhDAggie Veterans Succeed (AVS)
North Carolina Central UniversityCarolyn D. Moore, PhDRevitalizing Peer Education in the Counseling Center at North Carolina Central University
Stillman CollegeSandra J. Jemison, PhDHBCU-CFE Behavioral Health
Wiley CollegeBillystrom Jivetti, PhDSupport Student Internships at Behavioral Health Site
Xavier UniversityShirley LabbeBehavioral Health Workforce Interns Project

Option II

InstitutionProject DirectorProject Title
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical CollegeNicole C. Barnett, EdDDrake State DAAPP
Lincoln University MOJamie M. Smith, M.EdProviding Student Holistic Wellness For Every Student
Shaw UniversityJarlene CarverBehavioral Health Capacity Expansion Mini-Grant Program
Shorter CollegeStormy CubbIndividual Pathways
Wilberforce UniversityDavid C. Evans, PhDThe Wilberforce Initiative

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The HBCU-CFE will serve as a unique resource center designed to facilitate, develop, implement, and promote strategies and opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to:

  • Promote behavioral health workforce development
  • Enhance behavioral health curriculum development
  • Expand behavioral health prevention and intervention strategies
  • Broaden knowledge base, interest, and exposure of students to evidence-based behavioral health initiatives