STRONG MINDS, STRONG COMMUNITIES | MENTES FUERTES, COMUNIDADES FUERTES

Be Kind to Your Mind
Sé Amable Con Tu Mente

Strong Minds, Strong Communities is a research study at the University of North Carolina Greensboro for adults 18+ that are looking to develop and test a program to help adults lead happier and healthier lives by promoting mental health. Learn strategies to improve your mood, feel better about yourself, and reach your goals. Through regular meetings with one of our staff members, our program provides a safe space to support personal growth, build coping skills, and connect you with resources in the community. We can see you in person, on the phone, or by a Zoom video call.

Mentes Fuertes, Comunidades Fuertes es una investigación en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte Greensboro para los adultos 18+ que buscan desarrollar y poner a prueba un programa para ayudar a adultos a llevar vidas más felices y saludables promoviendo su salud mental. Aprenda estrategias para mejorar su estado de ánimo, sentirse mejor consigo mismo y alcanzar sus metas. A través de reuniones acordadas con uno de los miembros del equipo, nuestro programa proporciona un espacio seguro que apoya el crecimiento personal al desarrollar sus habilidades de afrontamiento y conectarle con recursos en la comunidad. Podemos verlo en persona, por teléfono o por una videollamada de Zoom.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to determine eligibility or to learn more, please contact the Strong Minds team:
 Si tiene interés en fijar una cita para determinar la elegibilidad o para aprender más, por favor comuniquese con el equipo de Mentes Fuertes:
Phone: (336) 256-8567
Email: strongminds@uncg.edu

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OUR TEAM
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CLAIRE POINDEXTER, MSW

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Claire Poindexter, MSW, is the Project Director for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities program. She earned her B.A in Sociology and Hispanic Linguistics (2017) and her Master's in Social Work (2019) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is passionate about reducing systemic barriers that prevent access to behavioral health care, particularly for folks in the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities and advocating for more equitable health care systems. Claire enjoys hiking and camping with her dog and partner, cheering on the Tar Heels, and baking lots of sweet treats.

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TAZEUR MATTHEWS, MS

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Tazeur Matthews, MS, is a Community Health Worker for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities Program. She earned her B.S. in Psychology in 2012 from Georgia Southwestern State University while being deployed overseas serving OIF with United States Army Reserves. She received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 from Columbus State University. She is currently working on her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education at NCA&T. Tazeur has an interest in seeking effective innovative techniques to assist those individuals that would benefit from rehabilitation services due to disabilities. Tazeur enjoys do-it-yourself projects, yoga, traveling, parks, and hiking. 

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ROSA GUZMAN SANTOS

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Rosa Guzman Santos is a community health worker in the Strong Minds, Strong Communities program. She earned her A.A (2018) at Guilford Technical Community College and BA in Psychology North Carolina at Greensboro (2021). She is finding her way as an immigrant in the United States after moving to the United States at 18 years old. She is bilingual with Spanish as her first language and English as her second language. She is passionate about helping people to be comfortable with themselves and in the community. Rosa enjoys singing, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and watching makeup tutorials and Netflix series.

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MELISSA HERNANDEZ MORENO, BS

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Victoria Canul Moreno, B.A. is a full-time research assistant for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities project. She earned her B.A. in Psychology (2021) at North Carolina State University. Victoria is passionate about reducing stigma surrounding mental health and promoting sustainability. She is interested in parent-child relationships and emotional development. Victoria enjoys reading, creating playlists, and painting.

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PUJA PATEL, M.SC.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Puja Patel, MSc., is the Project Coordinator for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities project and is currently a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from Meredith College (2014) and her Masters in Global Health from Duke University (2018). Her research interests include immigrant family units and parent-child communication and how these interactions contribute to youth and parent outcomes. She is also interested in the development and implementation of intervention research as it applied to the immigrant population in the community.

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MARIA SOLEDAD AISPURU

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Maria Soledad Aispuru is a community health worker with the Strong Minds, Strong Communities program. She has a bachelors and master’s degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. Soledad enjoys reading about psychology, autism, and psychotherapy and has experience working with kids, groups, and families. She also has three years of experience diagnosing and treating various developmental disorders. In her free time, Soledad enjoys listening to music, taking walks, traveling, watching movies, and sharing time with friends and family.

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JOCELYN LITTLE, BS

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Jocelyn is a Community Health Worker for the Strong Minds Program. She graduated in 2020 with Lloyd International Honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a double minor in English and French & Francophone Studies. She is passionate about clinical psychology as it pertains to ethnic racial minorities and children. In her down time, she likes to read, listen to music, and FaceTime with her nieces and nephews

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AMANDA SERRANO, MSW, LSCW

LICENSED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Amanda Is a bilingual and bicultural therapist focused on working with individuals, couples and families. She the clinical supervisor in Spanish for the Strong Minds project, where she provides supervision to the Community Health workers. She received her Social Work Degree in 2013 from the Joint Master of Social Work program at NC A&T and UNCG. She is an outpatient therapist in Private Practice in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is skilled at working with trauma and with people around issues of immigration.

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ABRAHAM MARTINEZ, MHA

CARE MANAGER

Abraham Martinez is the Care Manager for the Strong Minds Program. Abraham earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California at Davis (2008) and his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University (2019). He finds gratification in helping close the gap for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those whose current circumstances pose a challenge. In his free time, Abraham enjoys riding his bike, spending time in nature, and spending time with his loved ones… in any combination of the above.

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MARTHA THOMPSON

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

Martha Thompson is a community health worker for the Strong Minds program. Originally from Mexico, Martha studied Art History and worked for the Regional Cultural Arts Center while also pursuing volunteer work. In North Carolina, she has been a case worker for The Society of Saint Vincent the Paul and has also volunteered for Church World Services. Martha currently serves on the board of the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Martha is very passionate about the arts and has chaired and participated in major fundraising events for Greenhill Gallery and The Witherspoon Museum. Martha enjoys roller skating with her husband and her two boys and walking the family dog on Elm St.

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VICTORIA CANUL MORENO, BA

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Victoria Canul Moreno, B.A. is a full-time research assistant for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities project. She earned her B.A. in Psychology (2021) at North Carolina State University. Victoria is passionate about reducing stigma surrounding mental health and promoting sustainability. She is interested in parent-child relationships and emotional development. Victoria enjoys reading, creating playlists, and painting.

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JESSICA SIMS, M.S., NCC, LPC, LCAS

LICENSED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Jessica Sims is a supervisor for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities program. She earned her B.S. in Psychology (2012) from Lander University and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University (2015). She is pursuing her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education at North Carolina A&T. Jessica is a NBCCF award winning counselor and has years of experience working with underserved communities. On her off time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, eating Trinidadian food, and upcycling furniture.

Data collection for this multi-year project is currently ongoing, and we will be sharing results via this website in 2024.

El trabajo para este proyecto de varios años está en curso y compartiremos los resultados a través de este sitio en 2024.