MEET THE ACCESS TEAM
Kwame Dance, Psy.D., MBA
ACCESS Program Founder
Dr. Dance earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from William James College (MA) where he concentrated in African and Caribbean Mental Health and Child and Family psychology and completed his American Psychological Association accredited predoctoral internship at the renowned Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology. His specialties include the early detection, treatment, and assessment of psychosis spectrum disorders, and other serious mental illnesses. He has spent most of his career in community based mental health, hospital, and human service settings. In 2019, Dr. Dance founded the Mental Health ACCESS (Advancement of Culturally Competent Education to Stop Stigma)—a mental health career exposure and psychoeducation paid internship program for youth of color.
Capryce Browne, BS
ACCESS Program Director
Capryce Browne graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 2021 with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. Capryce views her role as the ACCESS Program Manager as “an opportunity to share everything I learn in school with teens from my [Cambridge] community.” Her personal mission is to eliminate barriers for young people’s personal and academic growth and help spawn their interest in pursuing mental health- and service-related academic tracks. In doing so, she hopes to inspire the next generation of change agents and mental health advocates in the United States and abroad. Capryce is spearheading the development of a Spanish version of the ACCESS curriculum to more intentionally meet the cultural and linguistic needs of Latinx youth. In her free time, she enjoys braiding hair, creating poetry, and engaging in small- and large-scale service projects in her community. Capryce intends to pursue her doctorate degree in psychology.
Zarriah Jackson, BS
Kinesthetic & Mind-Body Specialist and Mentor
Zarriah "Z" Jackson, graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 2021 with a degree in Kinesiology. She was born in Boston and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts her entire life. She is the only girl of six children, which is a salient part of her life. She enjoys meditating, yoga, and exercising. She also loves taking photos and admiring the work of other photographers. Through her growing brand and platform, “Philosophy by Z”, Zarriah aspires to help Black people become much more physically and mentally healthy by encouraging healthy eating and teaching about the importance of physical activity. Follow Zarriah’s important work on Instagram @philosophy_by_z
Norma Cumbee, MSW
Norma Cumbee is a LCSW candidate with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University. Her interests include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), childhood trauma, attachment theory and psychodynamic theory. She is currently the full time Social Worker for the Cambridge Community Center where she provides social emotional support for staff and children. Norma received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UMass Boston, and also attended one year at Alabama A&M, an HBCU in Huntsville, AL. Norma has a demonstrated history of working with nonprofit organizations having served in various roles over the past decade. She is particularly skilled in group facilitation, youth development and conflict resolution. Outside of her professional activities, Norma enjoys roller skating, boxing and traveling.