We are life-long learners, advocates, and science-practitioners! In our community lab, we study people and the environments in which they live, work and play. We also study organizations and how they function. Our goal is to improve individual and community wellness through working closely with community members. We believe that communities are most successful when they participate directly in the process of social improvement.
Dr. Victoria Scott, PhD, MBA
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina Charlotte
As a community psychologist and assistant professor, I spend most of my time doing research, teaching, mentoring, or advocacy. On some days, I am talking with moms and families about their journey with breastfeeding and raising a newborn, or meeting with healthcare professionals about how to improve patient care services. On other days I am in the classroom being inspired by the rising generation of thought leaders, or mentoring dedicated undergraduate and graduate students. I get energized through working with others, and am grateful to be surrounded by a department and campus of kind-spirited and intellectually curious faculty and staff.
Leslie Snapper is a first-year student in the Health Psychology doctoral program at UNCC. She is pursuing a concentration in clinical psychology, and serves as a graduate research assistant. Leslie is currently actively involved in the Philanthropy-Private Sector Partnership (PhPP) project, which involves the evaluation of a partnership between two large-scale organizations (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Humana). After earning her B.S. in Psychology from Boston College, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research coordinator in the Center for Quantitative Health. Her research and clinical interests include the use of healthy lifestyle interventions in the treatment and prevention of neuropsychiatric disorders. Leslie is also a semi-competitive powerlifter and martial artist (Brazilian jiu jitsu).
Kevin Tan is a Levine Scholar majoring in Public Health and Chemistry. He is currently working with Dr. Scott as a research assistant in the Collective Wellness lab. He previously worked on the Community Medicaid Transformation Initiative (CMTI) which aimed to prepare the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community for the transition to value-based care. This was achieved through a multi-faceted campaign comprising direct education andengagement sessions, multi-media and the creation and dissemination of educational materials in partnership with Care Ring. He is currently engaged with the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) project, a collaborative between APHI and the Mecklenburg County Health Department. The BHI project involves the research and identification for evidence-based models for the integration of behavioral health services, the assessment of MCPH staff readiness for the integration of these services into standard daily operations and the implementation of behavioral health screenings in various local community clinics. After graduating, Kevin hopes to attend medical school. In his free time he enjoys working out, hiking and listening to music.
Zara Jillani earned a BS in psychology and a BA in sociology before pursuing an MA in sociology at UNC-Charlotte. She has been involved in numerous projects with the Collective Wellness Lab, including the CHEBS study, the Post-Partum Depression study, and the Building Uplifted Families initiative. Zara is currently involved in a collaboration with the CW Lab and The
Wandersman Center on a scoping review of technical assistance literature and framework development.
Kali Hogan is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Anthropology. She is a member of Dr. Scott’s Collective Wellness lab, focusing on using Technical Assistance techniques to establish Integrated Care within WIC healthcare facilities in the Charlotte area. Additionally, Kali works alongside Dr. Scott and the greater Wandersman Center as she participates in literature review, data collection, and framework development. Outside of Collective Wellness, Kali acts as an advisor for the Women’s Advisory Board for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. She has plans to continue her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to obtain her Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology. Kali’s upcoming plans involve focusing on restorative justice in the Charlotte area, continuing to grow as a researcher and photographer, and spending quality time with her family and cats.
Anna Thorpe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with Honors in Psychology and is a current MA student in the Community Psychology department. She transferred to UNCC as an undergraduate in the fall of 2017 after completing her AAS in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. She transferred into UNCC as a non-traditional adult student, a full-time employee, and a mother to a beautiful daughter. She practices as a Community Paramedic with Atrium health while pursuing her MA degree. She was a research assistant as an undergraduate and is currently a graduate assistant in the Collective Wellness Lab. She is currently working on several projects aimed at developing various research skills such as data analysis, literature searches, manuscript formatting, and evaluative skills. After completing her masters Anna hopes to complete her Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a concentration in Community at UNCC. Her ultimate dream is to combine her love for community health work, and her love for community psychology in a way that addresses the systemic issues facing the American healthcare system. She wants to help shape a more equitable delivery of health care services to improve individual and community wellness.