Dr. Hammad S. N’cho, Executive Director and Founder of the N’cho Behavioral Group, is a Licensed Psychologist and served as a Behavioral Scientist in the elite Epidemic Intelligence Service, the outbreak rapid response team of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, Dr. N’cho deployed internationally to a wide variety of settings impacted by epidemics. Dr. N’cho is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he held the rank of lieutenant and completed a clinical psychology residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While serving in the Navy, Dr. N’cho provided therapy to active duty service members and their families, was appointed Assistant Division Officer over the Navy’s largest trauma treatment clinic, and served on the Navy’s mental health disaster response unit.

Dr. N’cho is an award-winning lecturer and has taught courses on African American psychology, gender justice, cross-cultural psychology, interpersonal relations, and public policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. N’cho is a graduate of Morehouse College, completed master’s level training in clinical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and behavioral economics at Columbia University, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively, and completed his doctoral training in counseling psychology at Boston College.

Past Speaking Engagement Topics

  • Mental health access and utilization within the African American community
  • Masculinity and mental health
  • Military/veteran culture and mental health access
  • War, community violence and trauma
  • Social justice and mental health
  • Marriage and mental health within minority communities
  • Behavioral science in global disaster response
  • The role of qualitative analysis in the public policy making process


Notes from the Field: Typhoid Fever Outbreak — Harare, Zimbabwe, October 2017–February 2018

Cholera Epidemic — Lusaka, Zambia, October 2017–May 2018

CDC Yellow Book 2020, Chapter 4 Travel-Related Infectious Diseases – Cholera

Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms Among Black American Men: Moderated-Mediation Effects of Ethnicity and Self-Esteem

Black English

Negotiating Invisibility: A Case Study of African American Men in a Therapeutic Support Group

Translating Trauma: Assessing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Reactions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Consensual qualitative research analysis of a therapeutic support group session for African American men

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