Dr. Whaley has held various administrative, research, and teaching positions in higher education and clinical positions in community mental health over the past 30 years. He received his A.B. (1980) in Psychology from Princeton University; a M.S. degree (1983) and a Ph.D. (1986) both in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. He entered public health training in 1989 receiving a M.P.H. (1990) in General Public Health; awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program (1991-1994) and received a Doctor of Public Health degree in epidemiology (2000) from the Columbia School of Public Health. His research addresses cultural and cognitive factors in the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders with a focus on African Americans. Dr. Whaley is currently collaborating on a grant to test his cognitive-cultural model of identity using an Africentric violence prevention curriculum with Black youth in the Caribbean community of New York City.