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John Friend, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Clinical Director

Phone: 251-461-1731
After a career as a legal investigator, John returned to school and earned his doctorate in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of South Alabama. John’s clinical work is driven by his interest in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values, therapeutic relationship, and present moment focused work. His research interests include intimate partner violence, substance use and aggression in at-risk youth. John completed his APA-accredited internship at the Mississippi State Hospital where he gained extensive experience with inpatient populations. Upon completion of his internship, John returned to Mobile and was licensed by the State of Alabama as a Psychologist. He oversees the professional therapeutic staff of the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center which focuses on providing supplemental mental and behavioral health services in Alabama's coastal counties. John also has a private practice in the Mobile Area.

Joy Aull
MBHCP Training Specialist

Phone: 251-461-1708
Joy Aull serves as the Training Specialist for the MBHCP project. With over twenty years in law enforcement, Joy brings a distinctive focus to enhancing our communities’ trauma and disaster resilience through the development of the mental and behavioral health capacity of first responders, educators and community service providers. She has authored and managed numerous grants and funding proposals involving community education programs and emergency preparedness.

Cory Wornell
Assessment & Evaluation Coordinator

Phone: 251-461-1713
Cory Wornell, MS, MPH focused on social work and psychology during her undergraduate work which lead her to be a counselor with adolescents in a residential treatment center following graduation. Her three years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer centered on strengthening the leadership abilities of youth in Jamaica while teaching HIV education side-by-side with a group of teenagers and training new PC volunteers in cultural adaptation and integrating into the community. Due to the passions borne into her during this time, Cory decided to shift gears for graduate school and entered a dual master's degree program where she earned a Master's of Science in Applied Anthropology with a focus on Medical Cultural Anthropology and a Master's of Public Health with a concentration in Community Education. Cory did a program evaluation which targeted at-risk women in a community of Kisumsu, Kenya as her qualifying practicum. Cory is passionate about supporting people and has worked for or volunteered at numerous non-profit/governmental agencies.

Mohnish Vaidya
Technology Consultant

Phone: 251-460-7863

Justina Rowan
Department Secretary

Phone: 251-461-1700

Tina graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2013. She is currently working on her Master's in Psychology. With over 20 years administrative experience, she also has a background in Law Enforcement.