African American Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATA)

Introducing the 2021- 2022 Trainers

Lester E. Love, MD

Lester E. Love, MD was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended undergraduate at The University of Chicago where he was a molecular and theoretical biology major. Dr. Love attended medical school, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and then completed seven years of residency in both family practice and psychiatry at UCSF. Currently, Dr. Love is Medical Director for Tulare County, California and Core Faculty for the psychiatry and family practice residency programs in the Kaweah Delta Health Care District, University of California, Irvine affiliate. As an aside, Dr. Love is also a second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu.

Delane Casiano, MD 

Delane Casiano, MD is an adult psychiatrist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With specialization in cultural psychiatry and women’s mental health, Dr. Casiano has worked with ethnically diverse populations in a multitude of health care settings. Through her work she is helping individuals overcome challenges with depression and other mental health problems. Dr. Casiano earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Such professional and governmental organizations as the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health have recognized her research examining cultural influences on mental health beliefs among African American men and women with depression. Clinical organizations herald Dr. Casiano’s work as well. She collaborated with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health to create a combined program of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology services for women. She also supervised multidisciplinary teams as associate medical director for the Princeton House Behavioral Health women’s program. Dr. Casiano is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Black Psychiatrists of America. She provides academic presentations and educational events for health-care professionals and community members. She now sees patients in her own private practice in Erdenheim, a nearby Philadelphia suburb.

Karriem Salaam, MD 

Karriem L. Salaam, MD was raised in “Brick City” Newark, NJ, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 1993. Dr. Salaam earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2000, he completed a residency in General Psychiatry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident in 2004. Dr. Salaam completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University also in Philadelphia in 2006. Dr. Salaam currently serves as the Medical Director of Adolescent Services at Friends Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, from 2006 to present. Dr. Salaam has been a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association since 2017. He is Board Certified in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry since 2007. He is a founding member (10% owner) of Global Health Psychiatry, LLC. A company focused on decreasing the stigma of mental illness in communities of color, through education and community action, established in 2017.

Josepha Campinha-Bacote,

Dr. Campinha-Bacote is President and Founder of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, which provides clinical, administrative, research, and educational services related to transcultural health care and mental health issues. She received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, M.S. from Texas Women's University, M.A. in Religion/Theology from Cincinnati Christian University, and her Ph.D from the University of Virginia. Dr. Campinha-Bacote has given more than 1,000 national and international presentations on issues concerning transcultural health care and transcultural psychiatry and has published numerous articles in these specialty areas. She served on the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to develop standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care. Dr. Campinha-Bacote currently serves as a consultant to the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) in Washington, DC and on several HRSA grants focusing on cultural competence in the health professions.

Karinn Glover, MD, MPH 

Karinn Glover, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Attending, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Division, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx NY. Currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Glover teaches psychopharmacology and aspects of psychotherapy to Psychiatry and Family Medicine residents. Her decade-plus experience as a psychiatrist and leader in the primary care division at Montefiore Health System has informed her approach to health equity, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI+B), and the styles of leadership that produce organizational success.

Darius Camphina-Bacote, PsyD 

Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, where he is a functional family therapist and program supervisor for the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program. In this role, he works with youth and their families who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote also has a private practice located in Ft. Worth, where he focuses on individual, couples, and family therapies, in addition to conducting evaluations for veterans. He received his BA in Psychology, double minoring in Social work and Women’s Studies from the University of Dayton, and both his master’s (Psy.M) and doctorate (Psy.D) from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). He is credentialed as a Health Service Psychologist (HSP). Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote completed an APA accredited Internship at La Frontera Center in Tucson, Arizona, where he counseled high-risk minority youth who were transitioning to adulthood. In addition, he completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, where he co-facilitated groups and provided individual therapy. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote has served as the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Coordinator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant in which he partnered with youth and adults to coordinate culturally competent policies designed to ensure culturally-specific interventions for transitional-aged youth from diverse ethnic and cultural background. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote is the author of several publications, including the chapter, “The Impact of Religious/Spiritual Beliefs on Survivors of Traumatic Events” in the textbook Spirituality and Psychotherapy.

Armonté Butler, BA

Armonté Butler is the LGBTQ Health & Rights Senior Program Manager at Advocates for Youth. He supports youth activists in leading sexual and reproductive health campaigns in their communities, campuses, and at the state and federal levels. Armonté spearheads the Queer and Gender Equity Project, which provides healthcare and community-based organizations with research, professional training, and technical assistance to increase their support for LGBTQ youth of color and youth living with HIV. He has published several fact sheets and toolkits such as Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth and Building Cultural Responsiveness for Youth-Serving Professionals. During his undergraduate study, he conducted gender and sexual minority research in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Armonté holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Gender Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Nia Campinha-Bacote, MDIV

Nia Campinha-Bacote, MDIV is passionate about connecting music, public health, and spiritual wellbeing to drive racial and social equity. She previously interned as a hospital chaplain at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, leading a spirituality group for patients in the psychiatric units and providing spiritual care for the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units patients. Nia believes deeply in the transformative power and healing presence of music and is classically trained on the piano. She is also a certified Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator to hold space for evidence-informed, psychologically sound, culturally grounded, and community-defined self-help support groups for people of African ancestry. Nia received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and received certification from Yale's Institute of Sacred Music for her work in the field of music thanatology, in which she collaboratively worked to produce a Sonic Healing Album that melds the melodies and instrumentation of Afro-diasporic musicians in harmony with nature to offer a healing presence to listeners ( Nia also holds a bachelor's in Health and Human Biology with a focus on Race and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Disease from Brown University.

Roberta Sanders,

Roberta Sanders completed her undergraduate degree at Wayne State University receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing after working approximately 10 years at Wayne County General Hospital, Psychiatric division. She decided it was time for a career change and went on to complete a Masters in Social Work at the University of Hawaii. She continued on in a career utilizing both her nursing and social work skills to service severe and persistent mentally ill clients, serving as CEO of a behavioral health clinic in an urban area for 35 years. Following that experience, she decided to start her own company that offered training and consultation regarding issues and challenges faced by African-American families and clients as they receive appropriate mental health services. She has found this work challenging and rewarding as a mental health professional, gaining a better understanding of issues and concerns related to there African-American clients