About Us

Belinda-Rose Young, MSPH, CPH
Project Director, ASPIRE Project
Project Director, SE & SW Injury Prevention Network
Belinda's Bio

 

Ms. Belinda-Rose Young is the Associate Director of Research and Translation for the Outreach, Training and Educator Core of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. In this role, Ms. Young oversees the direction of the ASPIRE Project. Separately, Ms. Young directs the CDC-funded Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network, assists with the Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team, and provides coaching and technical assistance to injury and violence prevention programs across the nation who have expressed an interest in adapting the Shared Risk and Protective Factor Injury-Free NC Academy model.

Ms. Young is an At-Large Member for Safe States Alliance, and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an MSPH in Public Health Education from the University of South Florida and has served in various national leadership positions, such as Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education and chair of an American Public Health Association workgroup. She also co-directed a global, digital media campaign entitled I am Wo(man) with the United Nations Women.

 

 

Siarra Scott, MPH, CHES
Project Manager, ASPIRE Project
Coordinator, Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team
Siarra's Bio

 

Ms. Siarra Scott works at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center as the Project Manager for the ASPIRE Project. In this role, she facilitates the development, dissemination, and implementation of all project activities, while also serving as a primary point of contact for those currently participating or interested in the project. In addition to her role in the ASPIRE Project, Ms. Scott is the Coordinator for the Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team (ST NPLT). Ms. Scott is a graduate of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where she earned her MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education along with a certificate in mental health. She is passionate about Injury and Violence prevention, and several of her interest areas include youth and community violence, mental health, human trafficking, and the intersections between the criminal justice system and public health.

 

 

Becky Naumann, PhD, MSPH
Subject Matter Expert, ASPIRE Project
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Core Faculty, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Becky's Bio

 

Dr. Becky Naumann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Core Faculty at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center. She has worked in the field of injury prevention for fifteen years and has experience and interest in applying complex systems science methods to injury problems. She works as part of the ASPIRE team to tailor and disseminate systems thinking tools that can help injury prevention practitioners navigate the dynamic problems they face during the pandemic and beyond.

 

Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
Subject Matter Expert, ASPIRE Project
Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Kristen's Bio

 

Ingrid Bou-Saada, MA, MPH
Subject Matter Expert, ASPIRE Project
Injury Prevention Consultant, NC DHHS Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
Ingrid's Bio

 

Ms. Ingrid Bou-Saada is an Injury Prevention Consultant at the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch where she manages the NC Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP). She provides capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance, and she collaborates with partners for program and policy development to prevent violence, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), older adult falls, youth sports injuries/concussions, motor vehicle injury, and opioid overdose. For the ASPIRE Project, Ingrid serves as a liaison to the Core SVIPP work and provides subject matter expertise in utilizing a shared risk and protective factor approach to violence prevention, suicide, and ACEs. Ingrid received her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Texas A&M University.

 

Melissa (Meghan) Chua, BS
Senior Research Assistant for Programs and Evaluation, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Meghan's Bio

 

 

Ms. Meghan Chua is a Senior Research Assistant at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and a second-year Master of Public Health student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. For the ASPIRE Project, Meghan  co-leads the development and implementation of the project evaluation and assists in the development of educational material. Meghan also assists with ongoing planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. In addition to her role on the ASPIRE Project, Meghan supports the Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network and the Systems Thinking National Peer Learning Team. She is passionate about structural level change to prevent injury and violence.

 

 

Elijah Moracco-Schelp
Research Assistant, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Elijah's Bio

 

 

Mr. Elijah Moracco-Schelp is a Research Assistant at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Political Science, with a minor in Spanish and in Social and Economic Justice. For his role in the ASPIRE Project, Elijah gathered information from different CDC Technical Packages, and created visuals to illustrate shared risk and protective factors for ACEs and suicide. Elijah also assists with ongoing planning, implementation, and dissemination activities.

 

 

Leigh McGill, BA
Research Assistant, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
Leigh's Bio

 

 

Ms. Leigh McGill is a Research Assistant at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and a second-year Master of Public Health student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  For the ASPIRE Project, Leigh aids in the development, dissemination, and implementation of all project activities.  She is passionate about addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) at the community level and building resilience.  Leigh’s interests include mental health and trauma, inclusivity for those with intellectual disabilities, and positive youth development.

 

 

Varsha Subramanyam, MPH
Communications & Workforce Development Consultant
Public Health Communications and Training Specialist
Varsha's Bio

 

Ms. Varsha Subramanyam is a Public Health Communications and Training Specialist at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. In this role, she supports the Outreach, Training, and Education Core in translating the Center’s research so that it is accessible to the wider community. Varsha is passionate about designing and delivering communications and training that advance health equity. She graduated in 2018 with her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Varsha has experience researching and managing programs on a variety of topics including violence prevention, patient-provider communication, and sexual and reproductive health.