Morehouse School of Medicine
Dawn Tyus is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, a Master Addiction Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She is the Project Director of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SATTC) at Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dawn has been affiliated with Morehouse School of Medicine and SATTC for ten years, starting as a Project Consultant, and promoted to lead the team as the Project Director and Principal Investigator in 2011. Dawn has an impressive background in which she brings a wealth of experience from various perspectives. Her background spans many disciplines which include: nonprofit organizations, government, corporate, mental health counseling services, consulting, strategic planning, group and individual coaching She was certified as a Personal and Executive Coach through the CaPP Institute, received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and a Masters of Education degree in Community Counseling from Mercer University, and she is currently writing her dissertation to obtain her Ph.D in Counseling Studies from Capella University.
Norfolk State University
Dr. Russell currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Norfolk State University. She is a licensed psychologist and she is certified by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Old Dominion University where she majored in psychology and minored in African American Studies and Criminal Justice. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees from Howard University in Counseling Psychology with subspeciality focus on clinical child and family work. Dr. Russell’s APA accredited pre-doctoral internship was completed at Applewood Centers, Inc., a comprehensive community mental health agency, in Cleveland, Ohio, and it afforded her the opportunity to engage in cutting edge clinic research in differential diagnosis and mood disorders through Case Western Reserve University and University Hospital. She completed a clinical post-doctoral residency at Accotink Academy, a private therapeutic day school in Springfield, Virginia. During her more than 20 years in the behavioral health field, Dr. Russell has served in varied settings and capacities, and she has devoted over 10 years to developing undergraduate scholars though her work in higher education. She currently serves as the principal investor in her FACE IT Initiative, a mental wellness-focused project that excists as an outgrowth of a HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health sub-award. Erica is a Virginia native who supports the use of self as a change agent. She believes that relevance is key to engagement. As such, she values the infusion of popular culture and mentorship within the learning environment. She enjoys time spent with family and close friends. In work and life in general, she seeks to answer the call to “leave things better than she found them.”
North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Shon D. Smith has been a professional counselor for over 24 years, a clinical supervisor for 21 years and a Counselor Educator for 19 years and currently sits on the faculty of the Counselor Education Program at North Carolina A&T State University. His primary research interests are in the areas of multicultural and social justice issues in counseling services and training, interpersonal violence interventions, counselor education program evaluation, technology in counseling, clinical supervision, leadership and advocacy within the counseling paradigm, mentoring and working with military families. A Veteran, SSG Smith has been deployed to Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, Central and South America as a Combat Medic and received a Bronze Star and other military awards for his service. Dr. Smith has served the counseling professional in several leadership roles, most recently, as Southern Region Chair of the American Counseling Association Southern Region (ACA-SR), ACA Awards Committee and as Chair of the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for the Florida Counseling Association. Currently, he serves as the president for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development. Dr. Smith received his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, an EdS in School Counseling and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work
Dr. Jones currently serves as Assistant Professor in MSW Department of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. She teaches in practice sequence and supports students in their integration of practicum experience. She is a graduate of Morgan State University where she completed her dissertation research on “The Extent to Which Social Work Doctoral Students Value Mentor Relationships: The Impact of Mentoring Experiences, Perceptions, and Type. She has continued to mentor students within the MSW program in presentations as well as with her work with the student chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers.
North Carolina A&T State University
Michael Brooks is a Counselor Education Associate Professor at North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) in Greensboro, North Carolina. His research centers on Black male success factors, Counselor Education Pedagogy, and ex-offender recidivism and vocational rehabilitation. Dr. Brooks serves as Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education PhD program. In addition to his faculty role, he is also the Chair of the University’s Institution Review Board (IRB) and a member of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Since 1999, Dr. Brooks has held several positions (Treasurer, Southern Regional Representative, President, JMCD Associate Editor) in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). Also, since 2014, he has been the Editor in Chief for the International Journal for Social Science Studies. Dr. Brooks is a Past-Presenting of the Association for Multicultural Counseling Development, as well as the Alabama Association for Counselor Education & Supervision. Brooks received his a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College, and a MA and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Central Florida. Prior to a beginning a career in higher education, Dr. Brooks worked as a practicing counselor with local community mental health, outpatient substance abuse, and employee assistance agencies. He’s treated or provided indirect care to a diverse clientele – couples, families, homeless, HIV/AIDS, as well as clients with varying abilities.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Mattox currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with board certification in psychiatry and sub-specialty board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and completed general psychiatry training and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mattox is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Mattox is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. In addition to over thirty years of patient care, teaching and service, Dr. Mattox served as Project Director for the first SAMHSA funded HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Cork Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine from 2011-2018.
South Carolina State University
Antoinette C. Hollis is an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at South Carolina State University in the Department of Human Services. Her mission is to prepare the counselor-in-training to be a critical thinker, reflective decision maker and humanistic practitioner. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor that received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fl, M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University, and a B.S in Psychology from Florida A & M University. Dr. Hollis has eleven years of experience working in private rehabilitation counseling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Her primary areas of research include violence prevention, domestic violence and anger management, and counseling children and adolescent, and families. Dr. Hollis professional experience in the field working with persons with disabilities has provided her an opportunity to conduct research presentations, book reviews, and articles in disability awareness and mental health. She has served on the editorial board for the American Psychotherapy Association, a peer-reviewed journal. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association professional organizations that help shape her counseling identity. During her professional career she has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who face emotional, social, and cultural barriers that impact psychological change. Her most rewarding work was as a therapist were she was able to integrate her knowledge of education and mental health issues to help families problem solve, overcome personal issues, and work towards positive home and school experiences. Dr. Hollis is dedicated to helping others improve their lives through education, insight, and change. During her professional career in the field of counseling she has served an educator, school-based counselor, and clinical therapist interacting with children and adolescents of all ages in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. Dr. Hollis worked as a school-based counselor and substance abuse counselor in Florida, taught Pre-K and personal development courses with Project FLAVA (Families Linked Against Violence Prevention) in South Carolina and Upward Bound in Georgia, and taught in the Georgia at Clark Atlanta University and Florida at South University West Palm Beach campus were she provided clinical training to graduate students in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling and currently teaches in a counselor education program.