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,
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 fourth-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 particularly interest in the impact of patient-provider communication on behavioral health outcomes. She has worked on several Collective Wellness team initiatives including the Philanthropy-Private Sector Partnership project, Building Uplifted Families, and Colorado Readiness to Partner Cross-sectorally for Behavioral Integration. Leslie is a recent past Graduate Program Education Fellow of a HRSA training grant. She is also a semi-competitive powerlifter and martial artist (Brazilian jiu jitsu).
Annalise is a first-year in the Health Psychology doctoral program at UNCC in the community concentration. She joined the Collective Wellness team as the Research Coordinator in August of 2021 and primarily supports the Behavioral Health Integration partnership with the Mecklenburg County Public Health department. She received a B.S in biology and minor in psychology in 2018 from Elon University. She then completed an 11-month fellowship at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in India, where she helped sustain a grassroots model of holistic health and community empowerment. This experience, in tandem with her year of service as a Public Ally/Americorps member in Pittsburgh, solidified her research interests in health equity and promotion, social policy, and community-based participatory research through a strengths-based approach.