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About the Center

The Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) is housed within the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The Center is a university-community collaborative, created through several memoranda of understanding with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) beginning in 2004.

The CCC collaborates with agencies identified and recruited by PHPA within a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework. We work with agencies to improve their services for individuals at risk or suffering from HIV/AIDS with multiple diagnoses related to substance use and/or mental illness and other infectious diseases. Using the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) integrated approach, we help identify programs’ CQI needs and provide relevant trainings to enhance their quality of care in these areas. For additional information, resources, materials, and research in these areas, please visit the additional resources page of our website.

The CCC is currently staffed by the Director, Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D., Project Director, Krystle F. Nickles, M.P.P., Clinical Training Coordinator, Amber E.Q. Norwood, Ph.D., and two Graduate Research Assistants, Meagan Graydon, M.A., Cate Corno, M.A.


Our Staff

Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D.
Center Director
diclementeCarlo DiClemente received his MA in Psychology at the New School for Social Research and his Doctorate in psychology at the University of Rhode Island.  For the past 25 years he has conducted funded research in health and addictive behaviors.  He has directed an outpatient alcoholism treatment program, served as a consultant to private and public treatment and prevention programs, and has lectured nationally and internationally.
Dr. DiClemente is the co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change with Dr. James Prochaska.  He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters on motivation and behavior change and the application of this model to a variety of health and addictive behaviors. Dr. DiClemente has co-authored a self-help book based on this model of change, Changing for Good and several professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change, and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual.  His latest book, Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover is published by Guilford Press.
For his work in the addictions he was given the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the John P. McGovern Award from the American Society on Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and a Distinguished Contribution to Scientific Psychology award by the Maryland Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association’ Division on Addictions.  He has served as president of the APA Division on Addictions (50) and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.  In 2007 he was named the first Lipitz Professor of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC. Dr. DiClemente serves as a consultant to a number of institutions and research projects and has an active grant funded program of research in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and at University of Maryland College Park, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, University of Houston and other institutions.
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Krystle F. Pierce, M.P.P.
Project Director
KNMs. Pierce has been working in the public health sector professionally and academically since 2007. Her most recent work involves public health program administration and issues of public policy. She has been instrumental in coordinating a variety of activities relating to program implementation at the federal, state and local levels, and developing technical assistance tools and products for dissemination within the fields of homelessness, mental health, and substance use.  Ms. Pierce holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin-Wallace University). Her areas of interest include: tobacco, health and homelessness, community development, social inequalities, health literacy, and  the impact of federal and state action on community-level efforts to create positive social change.
Currently, she serves as the project director for the Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) within the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In this role, she manages activities for several projects addressing a variety of health behaviors and populations. Under the No Wrong Door and Sexual Health Integration Initiative projects, administered by the Infectious Disease Bureau within the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), she organizes activities related to the development of integrated screening, referral network development and capacity building for mental health, substance use, sexual health, and infectious disease prevention and treatment with several collaborating partner agencies in the Baltimore area. Ms. Pierce oversees project deliverables, works towards evaluating policy issues related to implementation and outcomes, and collaborates with project partners involved in promoting an approach of “no wrong door” for new or existing clients in the Baltimore Metropolitan Statistical Area seeking access to prevention, treatment, or care for mental health, substance use, HIV and other infectious disease services in public health systems of care.In addition to her work with the CCC, Ms. Pierce also serves as the project director for the Maryland Quitting Use and Initiation of Tobacco Use (MDQuit) Resource Center. Her work with the MDQuit Resource Center involves managing activities for several projects to understand and effectively address the needs of providers and professionals in the State of Maryland who provide tobacco prevention and cessation services to clients throughout Maryland. Within this role, she supports many initiatives of the MDQuit Resource Center, including those that focus on state-wide and community-level efforts to promote policy, systems and environmental efforts for tobacco-free living.


Meagan Graydon, M.A.
Graduate Research Assistant
MG2Meagan is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine track of the Human Services Psychology doctoral program at UMBC. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2010 where she worked at the Center for Addiction Research and Education investigating the pharmaceutical interventions on cravings for both alcohol and cocaine users. In the two years before graduate school she worked at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center conducting triage assessments for behavioral health services in an integrated primary care mental health setting. At UMBC she is interested in interventions for substance use and co-occurring disorders, particularly PTSD. Meagan is currently working on the No Wrong Door project as part of the Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) and the MDQuit Resource Center.

Catherine Corno, M.A.
Graduate Research Assistant
CC1Cate is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical/Community-Applied Social Psychology track of the Human Services Psychology doctoral program at UMBC.  She received her B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University in 2008, where she conducted research on Alzheimer’s disease and the coping process of those caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers.  She then worked at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies on brief motivational interventions for non-college attending young adults’ heavy alcohol use and adults’ heavy alcohol use and related sexual risk behaviors.  Currently, Cate works as a graduate assistant for the HIV/AIDS Center for Community Collaboration and the MDQuit Resource Center.  She is interested in studying the processes of change for heavy substance use and related risk behaviors among at-risk community samples and best practices for outreach.
Aliya Webermann, M.A.
Graduate Research Assistant

Aliya, is a first year graduate student in the Clinical/Community Psychology track of the Human Services Psychology doctoral program at UMBC. She received her B.A. in psychology from UMD College Park in 2011, and her M.A. in clinical psychology from Towson University in 2015. Her research concerns risk factors, prevention, and treatment of partner abuse, focusing primarily on partner abusive men. She also researches the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation, and how to integrate a trauma-informed framework into treatments for partner abuse. Aliya works as a graduate assistant with the Center for Community Collaboration, and also with the MDQuit Resource Center.




Amber E.Q. Norwood, Ph.D.

Clinical  Training Consultant

Dr. Norwood earned her B.S. in Psychology/Women’s Studies at Towson University in 2006 and subsequently completed both her M.A. (2009) and Ph.D.(2013) in Human Services Psychology at UMBC. Her primary areas of clinical and research interest include domestic violence outcomes, community re-integration for criminal offenders, the evaluation and treatment of mentally ill offenders, health behavior change, and community mental health. Dr. Norwood has authored and co-authored a number of publications in professional journals, including Psychological Trauma and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.Dr. Norwood is currently an Assistant Research Scientist on the research faculty in the Psychology Department at UMBC and acts as a clinical training coordinator at the Center for Community Collaboration. In this role, she assists in the development, delivery, and evaluation of trainings for clinical behavioral health providers. Dr. Norwood also provides ongoing technical assistance to clinical providers as they work toward implementation in their agencies. In addition to her research faculty appointment and role at the CCC, Dr. Norwood serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at UMBC, teaching forensic psychology. She also provides psychiatric consultation in the Emergency Department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Norwood is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland.



W. Henry Gregory, Jr., Ph.D.



Henry Gregory (2)Henry Gregory is a mental health professional with over thirty-five years of experience.  He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and master degrees in both community mental health and psychology.  He has expertise and extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor, director, trainer, consultant and researcher in a number of service areas including HIV/AIDS, child welfare, substance abuse, juvenile justice, criminal justice, school-based mental health, and behavioral health.
Dr. Gregory’s primary clinical orientation is family systems.  He has specialized in the development of treatment models that are applicable to diverse service populations and the clinicians who deliver services to them.  Along with several colleagues, he has participated in the modification the original structural family therapy model and developed “Enriched Structural Family Therapy” to directly address the clinical needs of minority families whose issues and processes frequently fall outside of mainstream norms.  At Progressive Life Center of Washington, DC he led the development of “NTU Psychotherapy” a culturally competent system of care that is spiritually based.
Dr. Gregory provides consultation and training to public and private agencies through his own organization, the Rafiki Consortium.  Through Rafiki, he focuses on assisting service providers, policymakers, family members and other stakeholders in understanding and implementing skills, attitudes and treatment service models that are culturally competent and grounded in a competency orientation toward promoting change.  He currently provides consultation for training and capacity building projects within the Center for Community Collaboration in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a constructivist, Dr. Gregory passionately believes that we create our own destiny by how we think about ourselves and our circumstance. To this end, he believes that a focus on strengths, competencies and resilience will revolutionize the field of mental health.  His research on resiliency is intended to expand the knowledge base in the competency movement and consequently support briefer and more culturally competent service delivery to more diverse populations internationally.