Rose Brown is a Senior who is passionate about community improvement. She is a double major in Management and Psychology, double minor in Urban Youth and Communities and Management Information Systems. When she is not in class or attending meetings she competes in the Miss America Organization, coordinates service projects for her fellow Niners, and coordinates alternatives service trips for the Bonner Leaders Program as a Bonner Leaders Progam Coordinator. In addition, Rose served as an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Scott and was interested in the fields of organizational science, organizational behavior, community psychology, and industrial organizational psychology. Rose will be attending graduate school in the Fall of 2017 for her Phd and aspires to become a professor at one of the top collegiate universities. "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful."
Nicole Segur is an undergraduate student in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts, studying Psychology and minoring in Sociology (B.A. exp. 2016). She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Counseling after graduating. Her time spent in the lab has sparked an interest in research related to women and children’s health. During Nicole's time as a student, she has cherished being an active member of Delta Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega and serving as the Campus Activities director. In addition to life as an undergraduate student, she enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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
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).
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.
Evelyn Lopez is from Anaheim, California but has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for most of her life. She received her Associates in Arts at Central Piedmont Community College before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a senior and is pursuing her degree in psychology with a minor in child and family development. She is a founder of the Community Psychology Learning Organization (CPLO) and the Secretary for Information Technology in SGA. She has been an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Scott's Lab since Spring 2016 to Spring 2017. She plans to attend graduate school and receive her masters in clincal-community psychology. Evelyn is fluent in Spanish and English and works full time as a System Analyst, Level II at a software company. During her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, friends, and family.
Brianna Holbert grew up in Durham, NC and moved to Charlotte to further her education. She is in her senior year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brianna is pursuing her degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. During her time here as a student she has provided mentorship to preteen girls with D.I.V.A.S, an on-campus mentoring organization. She has also worked under Dr. Ya-yu Lo for the Department of Education at UNCC collecting data in elementary schools which helped to create interventions that assist in producing adequate learning environments for students struggling in the typical classroom setting. She has volunteered at the Student Orientation for International Students at UNCC, working to ensure every new student feels welcome on campus. She is a former research assistant in Dr. Victoria Scott’s lab., who specialized in participant recruitment on the iCare study. Outside of her academic responsibilities, Brianna works as a nanny and a gymnastics instructor. When she has free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and volunteering within her community.
Timothy Spitzhoff moved from Fayetteville back to Charlotte to attend UNC Charlotte. He is in his senior year of college pursuing a degree in psychology and a minor in public health. During his time at UNC Charlotte, he worked to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network as the philanthropy chairmen and vice president of his fraternity. Tim’s past work experience consisted of serving in the U.S. Army for four years. He was previously a research assistant for Dr. Scott and studied maternal wellness for first-time mothers and readiness for integrated behavioral health and primary care.
Extender Team Members
Lisa Christ was involved in the iCare Project and the Carolina HealthCare Employee Breastfeeding Study (CHEBS), both of which examine factors associated with breastfeeding outcomes. She previously took the lead with the development of a literature review in the domain of breastfeeding. Lisa is a Psychology and Sociology major and will be graduating in December of 2017. She is also taking an online coding course. In her free time, she volunteers at the Humane Society. She enjoys doing various exercises such as calisthenics, kick boxing, and yoga. She also enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and watching Netflix.
Randi Clark is involved in the iCare Project as well as the Carolina HealthCare Employee Breastfeeding Study. Additionally, she serves as project coordinator for the Post-Partum Depression Project which aims to improve screening and referral for moms from underprivileged populations in Mecklenburg County. Randi graduated Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelors in Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice from UNCC. She earned her Associates Degree from Gaston Community College in Dallas, North Carolina. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology and she is currently working toward her masters degree. She plans to pursue her doctoral degree in the field of Health Psychology. Upson completion of her doctoral degree, Randi plans to work at the Veterans Administration Hospital. When she is not in school or working, Randi enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.
Hannah Hardy received her Associates in Arts from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC before transferring to begin working on a degree in Psychology with a minor in Film Studies. Hannah is currently working with Dr. Scott as a research assistant in the Collective Wellness Lab. She is working on various research projects including the PhPP project, the CHEBS study, the iCare study, and the Post-Partum Depression Study. Across these projects, she is involved with a number of different research activities including but not limited to literature searches, preparation of IRB materials, survey development, participant data collection, screening and referring participants experiences post-partum despression. After graduating, Hannah plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Community Psychology. Her dream is to work with organizations to combat social issue as well as empower community members. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family
Jordan McGee is a transfer student currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is involved in Dr. Scott's Maternal and Infant Wellness Project (which includes the CHEBS, iCare, and Post-Partum Depression studies) and is web-designer for the Collective Wellness Lab. Jordan is currently co-leading a literature review for the Carolina's Healthcare Employee Study (CHEBS). She is also assisting with data collection for the Post-Partum Depression Study, which involves conducting clinical assessments with mothers from underprivileged populations. After graduation, Jordan plans to continue on to grad-school for Occupational Therapy. During her free time she enjoys hiking and playing with her two dogs.
Erin Godly-Reynolds is a second-year student in the Health Psychology doctoral program at UNCC. She is pursuing a concentration in community psychology, and serves as a graduate research assistant and undergraduate adjunct instructor. She earned a Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Sport Administration from Wingate University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Dual Certification (NY Childhood Education/Special Education) from Marist College. Her research interests include the prevention of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes; mother and infant wellness, specifically breastfeeding duration and rates in minority populations; utilizing program evaluation and implementation science to address challenges in educational and healthcare systems; and access to free and appropriate education for all children, including children with special needs and children from low SES households.
Erin Godly-Reynolds, M.Ed.
Maggie is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Psychology program at UNC Charlotte and is pursuing a clinical concentration. A Charlotte native, Maggie graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2014 with a BA in psychology with honors. Maggie is interested in how community factors, including healthcare systems, affect individual and community wellness, as well as the integration of mental healthcare with primary care. Clinically, she’s interested in the treatment of mood disorders. Maggie is currently actively involved on a the PhPP project, which examines a cross-sector partnership in the effort to improve population health. She is also involved in a local effort to examine workplace support for breastfeeding in a large-scale hospital system. In addition to reading about evidence-based treatments for mood disorders, she enjoys running, movies about organized crime, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Taryn Greene is a first-year student in the Health Psychology Ph.D. Program, Clinical Concentration. She earned her BA in Psychology and her MA in Intelligence Studies. She is broadly focused on trauma, stress, and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG), with specific attention to how PTG can be mobilized within communities. Her specific interests include: how etiological factors like personality, types of coping, social and cultural factors, etc. contribute to susceptibility for distress, psychosomatic symptoms, and growth; manifestations of trauma in the body, chronic pain, and mindfulness.