Goulda Downer, Ph.D.

Goulda DownerGoulda Downer, Ph.D.


Principal Investigator/ Assistant Professor
Howard University College of Medicine,
Capitol Region Telehealth Training Center

Area of Expertise

  • Nutrition, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Cultural and Multiethnic Competence
  • HIV/AIDS and other STI Disease D prevention and Management
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Health Care Administration
  • Protocol Design, Educational Tool Development, and Technical Reviews
  • Health Awareness Promotion and Disease and Disability Prevention and Management

Interest and Desire to Mentor

Becoming a mentor is an easy decision for me. I have had many mentors in various stages of my life.  Throughout my academic and professional pursuits I have had the support of individuals who have loved me and wanted only the very best for me.   It is from this supportive wealth of thoughtful, patient and unselfish cheerleaders, who were guiding forces in my life that I am now ready, willing and able to give back to this endeavor.  My sincere desire to be involved as a mentor for the Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence  is simply aimed at helping to make a difference in the life of a young person as he/she fulfills his/her own potential and gains benefits that will last him/her a lifetime. In the process, I also hope to learn more about myself.

Values and Approaches to Mentoring

My approach to mentoring is that it is a continuing relationship and not a short-lived one.  The mentee sets the path for the relationship. The mentor has up-to-date knowledge, and provides positive guidance and support in helping to influence the mentee in the actions needed to meet his or her identified goals.  My mentoring values include the importance of continuous learning, the ability to motivate others coupled with the desire to see others succeed.