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 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).
Kevin Tan is working with the Collective Wellness lab as a Levine Scholar majoring in Public Health and Chemistry. Currently, Kevin is engaged with the Behavioral Health Integration project, a collaborative engagement between UNCC and the Mecklenburg County Health Department that is nested under the Academy for Population Health Innovation. 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, Building Uplifted Families initiative, and most recently the development of supplemental content for the 4th edition of a Community Psychology textbook co-authored by Dr.Scott. 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. In the recent past, she has worked with Dr. Scott’s Collective Wellness lab, focusing on behavioral integration within public health clinics in the Charlotte area, and technical assistance research. Outside of Collective Wellness, Kali is 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.