Department of Psychology | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
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Greensboro, NC 27412
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STRONG MINDS, STRONG COMMUNITIES | MENTES FUERTES, COMUNIDADES FUERTES

Do you feel stressed or low in energy?
¿Se siente estresado(a) o con poca energía?

Strong Minds, Strong Communities is a research study at the University of North Carolina Greensboro looking to develop and test a program to help adults lead happier and healthier lives by promoting mental health. If you feel stressed or low in energy, you can learn new strategies to better handle stress, improve your mood, and lead a happier life! The Strong Minds program invites adults 18 year of older who are fluent in English and/or Spanish with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or trauma to participant in this research study. Eligible participants may receive at no cost: 10 psychoeducation sessions, referral to services, and up to $125 in gift cards. We can see folks at one of our sites in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, and Reidsville.

Mentes Fuertes, Comunidades Fuertes es una investigación en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte Greensboro que quiere desarrollar y poner a prueba un programa para ayudar a adultos a llevar vidas más felices y saludables promoviendo su salud mental. Si se siente estresado o con poca energía, puedes aprender nuevas estrategias para mejorar el manejo de su estrés, su estado de ánimo, y llevar una vida más feliz! El programa Mentes Fuertes invita a adultos de 18 anos en adelante que tengan dominio del español o ingles y tengan sintomas de depresion, ansiedad o trauma a participar en este estudio de investigación. Los participantes que sean elegibles podrán recibir sin ningún costo: 1- sesiones psicoeducativas, referidos a servicios adicionales y hasta $125 dolores en tarjetas de regalo. Podemos ver personas en alguno de nuestros sitios en Greensboro, High Point, Burlington y Reidsville. 

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
OUR TEAM

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.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

CLAIRE POINDEXTER, MSW

Xiadani Avila, B.A. is the post-bac R.A. for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities Program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology (2019) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Xiadani is passionate about increasing access to culturally tailored behavioral services for Latinx populations and invested in helping minimize barriers to care for underserved communities. She is interested in the ways in which ethnic-racial socialization impact personal development, and in her spare time, Xiadani loves photography, drawing mazes, and watching scary films.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

XIADANI AVILA, BA

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, equipment, and counseling to assist those individuals that would benefit from rehabilitation services due to disabilities. Tazeur enjoys do-it-yourself projects, yoga, traveling, parks, and hiking. 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

TAZEUR MATTHEWS, MS

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.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

MARTHA THOMPSON

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.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

PUJA PATEL, M.SC.

Leslie Estrada is one of the Community Health Workers for the Strong Minds, Strong Communities program. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology (2019) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is passionate about improving society's social structure and helping individuals get the mental health care they deserve. Leslie enjoys running, traveling, and hiking. Leslie also loves looking for different ways to be a successful entrepreneur.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

LESLIE ESTRADA, BA

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.

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

MARIA SOLEDAD AISPURU

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.

LICENSED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

AMANDA SERRANO, MSW, LSCW

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.

CARE MANAGER

ABRAHAM MARTINEZ, MHA

Diana Franco, BSW, is a Community Health Worker for Strong Minds. She attended NC A&T State University and obtained her social work degree. Diana is a first generation college graduate, is Mexican-Guatemalan, and the eldest of three. She enjoys working with the Latinx community and with people experiencing homelessness. Diana is currently preparing to go back to school and get her masters in social work. Diana enjoys spending time with friends and family and spending time at home with a good Netflix series. 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

DIANA FRANCO-GALINDO, BSW

Marsenia Smalls is a Community Health Worker for the Strong Minds program. She earned her bachelor’s in arts in Psychology (2019) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and is currently in pursuit of obtaining her Masters degree in Mental and Clinical Health Counseling. She is passionate about allowing voice to be the pathway to inducing growth and change within her community. Marsenia enjoys writing poetry, painting, and using her talents as a creative outlet. 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

MARSENIA SMALLS

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.

LICENSED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

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