Dionne Coker-Appiah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Coker-Appiah has engaged in a focused program of research that has enabled her to build a comprehensive, domestic and international, Adolescent Dating Violence (ADV) Prevention research program, utilizing a community-based participatory research approach. She focuses specifically on mental health implications. Her most recent research has focused on building community partnerships to prevent ADV in rural North Carolina (Project LOVE) and Ghana, West Africa. Dr. Coker-Appiah has dedicated her career to engaging in innovative research designed to prevent ADV in rural communities of Color, and is passionate about using her research and prevention efforts to ensure that all adolescents live healthy, violence-free lives.