15 episodes

Couched in Color is a new weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) designed to enlighten the public and encourage dialogue on the mental health needs of youth and young adults of color.
We are a new breed of podcast, both a video and audio show - focused on teens with both teen and professional experts serving as our regular guests.
Dr. Alfiee is a fully licensed psychologist, consultant, author and media personality, and each week she will learn from - and share - insights and observations with a rotating panel of experts (including teens themselves). We shine given on our passion for this work, our engagement with underserved populations, and our investment in empowering youth, parents, families and communities.

Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee Dr Alfiee Breland-Noble

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

Couched in Color is a new weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) designed to enlighten the public and encourage dialogue on the mental health needs of youth and young adults of color.
We are a new breed of podcast, both a video and audio show - focused on teens with both teen and professional experts serving as our regular guests.
Dr. Alfiee is a fully licensed psychologist, consultant, author and media personality, and each week she will learn from - and share - insights and observations with a rotating panel of experts (including teens themselves). We shine given on our passion for this work, our engagement with underserved populations, and our investment in empowering youth, parents, families and communities.

    Ep 16: Dr. Bowen Chung on PoC, Big Data and the Mental Health Safety Net

    Ep 16: Dr. Bowen Chung on PoC, Big Data and the Mental Health Safety Net

    This week, I sat down with Dr. Bowen Chung, a psychiatrist at UCLA Harborview Medical Center to discuss psychiatric science, health disparities research, socioeconomic status and their intersections with mental health for people of color (specifically African American and Latinx underserved communities).
    Just a note:  The video produced for this episode did not do Dr. Chung justice so when I received it, I decided it was best to not include it.  This will be my only episode this season to not have both audio and video and I apologize to my audience for this.
    Dr. Chung and I have known each other for over 15 years and we met just after we'd both completed training and were starting out as brand new researchers with a passion for justice in the mental health space.  Dr. Chung has treated many children, adolescents and families over the years and still funds time to conduct research to both understand and eradicate mental health disparities in access to care and in the quality of care received.
    So you can probably guess why he was a wonderful guest for me to have on the show.  Pardon me as I dive into my nerdy self for a bit :).  I really hope you enjoy the show and check out Dr. Chung's research here.
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    As always, you can find us across all social media at @couchedincolor (on Twitter) and @couched_in_color (on Instagram). 
    Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a psychologist, author, founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project and host of the mental health podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee,” 

    • 32 min
    Ep 15 - Sam Bissonnette & Andy Riemer - We Must Be Honest: Decolonizing Mental Illness Together

    Ep 15 - Sam Bissonnette & Andy Riemer - We Must Be Honest: Decolonizing Mental Illness Together

    This week, we had a really timely discussion about what it means to be both in the fight for social justice and an ally. Our guests, Sam Bissonnette and Andy Riemer are 2 creatives and trailblazers using media, early childhood education, Asian American studies, masculinity and women's studies along with a wealth of lived experience and passion to make a difference in our world.
    Their work reflects the idea that we can never know a person's story just by looking at them and that we are all both person's impacted by social injustice and allies at the same time. They teach us to use our gifts and talents and most importantly, #privilege, in ways that benefit all. They also teach us that we should always strive to grow, be empathic and serve in our own way.
    Sam and Andy inspire me and I know they will inspire you too.
    Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel
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    As always, you can find us across all social media at @couchedincolor (on Twitter) and @couched_in_color (on Instagram). 
    Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a psychologist, author, founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project and host of the mental health podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee,” 

    • 37 min
    Ep 14: Vanessa Adebayo on Making a Difference Worldwide in Black Communities

    Ep 14: Vanessa Adebayo on Making a Difference Worldwide in Black Communities

    This week, we focus on global mental health in the African Diaspora. Our guest, Vanessa Adebayo, imagined and created a nonprofit focused on the health (including mental health) of our brothers and sisters in Africa. She implements conferences throughout the continent to raise awareness and stress the need for caring for our mental health. she also deploys health ambassadors as part of her Africa's Health Matters nonprofit initiative. Her work is essential and reflects the worldwide need for culturally relevant, accessible care. One of Vanessa's goals is to teach people that seeking care for yourself (so that you may become the best you that you can be) is not a selfish act.
    (This is Ep 14 because we have 2 special mixes of Ep 12)
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    Learn More about Vanessa's organization Africa's Health Matters (and buy cool merch) at https://www.africashealthmatters.org/
    As always, you can find us across all social media at @couchedincolor (on Twitter) and @couched_in_color (on Instagram). 
    Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a psychologist, author, founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project and host of the mental health podcast “Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee,” 

    • 32 min
    Couched in Color E12: AfroLatinx and Black: Elevating the Mental Health Conversation for Men and Boys

    Couched in Color E12: AfroLatinx and Black: Elevating the Mental Health Conversation for Men and Boys

    In 2016, thirty-nine unarmed Black people were murdered at the hands of the police - 34% of them were Black men. Our founder, Jason Rosario - a product of a single-parent home in the Bronx, New York - created The Lives of Men as a vehicle to help change the narrative around Black and Latinx masculinity, and to combat the negative stereotypes of Black men perpetrated by law enforcement and mainstream media.

    • 26 min
    Couched in Color E11: Angel White, Striving While Black and Femme: Black Girls, High Expectations and Mental Health

    Couched in Color E11: Angel White, Striving While Black and Femme: Black Girls, High Expectations and Mental Health

    Angel White, Community Manager at Industrious, tells Dr. Alfiee about the additional pressures and expectations as a Black woman forging a business career. 

    • 32 min
    Couched in Color E10: Charlamagne Tha God on Mental Health

    Couched in Color E10: Charlamagne Tha God on Mental Health

    The "Breakfast Club" host opens up to Dr. Alfiee about his battle with anxiety, and how he's learned to take care of his mental, as well as physical, health. They also discuss the growing anti-racism movement, and the controversial comments made by former Vice President Joe Biden during their interview last month.  

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

kphlcl ,

Well worth a listen!

After listening to Couched in Color for the first time, I appreciate Dr. Alfiee’s calm and valuable insight on the mental health of our teens. Interviewees Morgann and Myles are honest and open and provide us with threat advice “from the mouths of babes.” I am encouraged by both Dr. Alfiee’s work with teens and by knowing our future is in the hands of teens like Morgann and Myles. Thank you. Keep going!!! 💚

HV- ,

Love this show!

I started listening to this show because I am an educator, and I wanted to increase my understanding and skills for my work in a diverse school. The show is excellent overall and very applicable to my work. I am also a survivor of suicide, so I found the show about suicide unbelievably comforting personally. Thank you so much, and I am a permanent listener.

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