Kisha B. Holden, Ph.D., MSCR, a counseling psychologist, is the Poussaint-Satcher Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Associate Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Also at MSM Dr. Holden is Professor and Director of Research & Scholarship for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; and Professor in the Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine. Dr. Holden is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine of Emory University.

Dr. Holden earned undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees from Howard University in counseling psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in both the School of Medicine and School of Public Health. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from MSM. She has completed professional leadership development trainings at Brandeis University, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Holden held positions at Georgetown University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Urban Health Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, and Evaluation and Research Associates, Inc. Dr. Holden serves on many national, regional, and local boards/committees; she is a reviewer for several academic journals; and she has received professional awards from various organizations and agencies. She has been awarded millions of dollars in research funding from public and private sources; co-edited three books: Black Women and Resilience: Power, Perseverance, and Public Health (SUNY Press), African American Women: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Press) and Social Determinants of African American Men (Jossey-Bass); developed several book chapters; published numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals; and served as a guest co-editor for three academic journals-American Psychologist, Ethnicity and Disease and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. She currently served on the editorial board for Health Psychology.

M.B. Gooden, DC, MPH, CMT, is a board-certified, licensed chiropractic doctor with a focus on integrative medicine and specializes in health restoration and optimization through a combination of soft tissue therapy, corrective chiropractic care, and physiotherapeutic modalities. She is a dynamic practitioner experienced in a litany of natural, non-invasive health and wellness modules to evaluate and treat a wide range of common health conditions and injuries to positively affect physical and mental health.

Dr. Gooden obtained her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine at LUCC, Marietta, GA where she was a Harvey Lillard Award recipient while attending the University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Policy (MPH) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Howard University, Washington, DC where she majored in Psychology. Prior to earning her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, she spent several years as an Assistant Director and Senior Staff Specialist within the Minority Fellowship division of the American Nurses Association (ANA), was a Policy Intern with the CDC Liaison Office on Smoking and Health, and a Public Health Fellow in a CDC/ASPH/Morehouse School of Medicine Fellowship Program. As a published author, Dr. Gooden is a recent contributor and co-author in Holden, K.B. and Jones, C.P., Black Women and Resilience: Power, Perseverance, and Public Health (SUNY Press) and a WPGC 95.5 FM Radio Small Business Selectee for the 2023 “Goodie Bag”, to honor Women’s History Month.

Owner and sole practitioner of Premier Spine Center (PSC), a boutique Health and Wellness Practice located in the beautiful and bustling corridor of downtown Silver Spring, MD, Dr. Gooden is committed to providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive, patient-centered care.


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