Former KL2 Scholar Serves as Deputy Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute & PI of a CDC REACH Award

Kisha Holden, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Deputy Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

Holdenis a former ACTSI KL2 scholar and MSM Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) graduate who dedicated her career to mental health-related research and encouraging wellbeing among ethnically and culturally diverse families through research, programmatic initiatives, practice and the development of innovative strategies for informing mental health policies. Her research is focused on underserved and underrepresented populations that are often overlooked, yet are greatly impacted by myriad health and mental health disparities. She serves as PI for a $3M CDC funded award, (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) REACH: Transforming Metropolitan Atlanta Communities through Prevention, Primary Care Linkages, and Policy Change.She also serves as the lead mentor for a number of trainees at MSM.

Research Focus

  •   Mental Health Disparities
  •   Depression and African American Women
  •   Integration of Mental and Behavioral Healthcare into Primary Healthcare Settings

ACTSI Support

  •    Education: KL2 program
  •    Mentors: DiAnne Bradford (MSM), Benjamin Druss (Emory), and Nadine Kaslow (Emory)
  •    Mentored Project: Depression Among African American Women in a Primary Healthcare Center