MEET THE TEAM
Carlie D. Trott, PhD (She/Her/Hers)
Carlie D. Trott, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati where she heads the Collaborative Sustainability lab. Trott’s climate justice research agenda aims to bring visibility to, and work against the inequitable impacts of climate change, socially and geographically. As a social-community psychologist, community-engaged researcher, and action-oriented scholar, Trott’s work draws upon theories within and beyond psychology (e.g., social movement, ecological, and feminist theories), employs publicly-engaged and action-oriented research methods, and often integrates the arts and sciences to center the voices and actions of those most affected by environmental injustice and the climate crisis. Dr. Trott teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social and community psychology and advises students in the Community and Organizational Research for Action (CORA) doctoral program. For more info, see Dr. Trott's research website.
Stephanie Lam, MA (She/They)
Stephanie Lam, M.A. is a Community Psychology doctoral student in Community and Organizational Research for Action (CORA) program at the University of Cincinnati. She values interdiciplinary, decolonial, and feminist processes in the work she does and always tries to bring forth her authentic self. As a community psychologist, she truly believes prevention is key. Stephanie’s larger research interest is couched in “exploring the intersection of social issues to create preventive solution with local community members”. As a community psychologist, she also strives to be a methodologist because she believes all issues are interconnected. Stephanie is excited to collaborate on projects that involve people of various backgrounds of knowledge and intersectionalities to work towards positive transformative change that will account for a collective well-being. Stephanie acknowledges that her journey into academia would not be possible without the past influences from mentors of various age groups.
Emmanuel-Sathya Gray (He/Him/They)
Emmanuel-Sathya Gray was born and raised in Myaamia, Shawnee, Cherokee and Osage territories, in what is known as the Ohio River Valley. He calls home the areas straddling the Ohio River of Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. Currently he is a graduate student of Community Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. His current research is grounded in the experiences of youth climate justice activists nationally; particularly BIPOC, POC and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. His broader interests and investigations include the psychology of decolonisation among both activists and small communities. He also plays and teaches the Irish traditional fiddle and enjoys singing and dancing, and having a laugh.
Jacquana Smith (She/Hers)
Jacquana Smith, MPH, IBCLC is a Psychology Doctoral Student in Community and Organizational Research for Action program at the University of Cincinnati. She has a Masters degree in Public Health and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Jacquana’s larger research interests are within “intersectional mothering justice within life spaces- such as work, school, and community spaces.”
Jacquana is passionate about uplifting the need for equity and dismantling systemic issues that prevent families from thriving. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a social/clinical research specialist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a middle school teacher, and held various lactation leadership roles. In addition to her research roles, she's a clinical lactation consultant and an International Conference Coordinator. Most importantly, Jacquana and her husband are parents to their 5 amazing humans.
Jessica Roncker (She/Hers)
is a graduate student in Community Psychology. Her current research focuses on climate justice organizing and climate adaptation planning at the neighborhood level. Other research interests include the psychology of communication, moral foundations theory, social cohesion, and the social psychology of political difference.
Hayden Courtney (He/Him/His)
is an avid reader, art-buff, general board game enthusiast, and student. Having a background in social psychology and philosophy, he moved back to his hometown of Cincinnati to study Community Psychology at UC. He found that work in other fields just didn’t allow for real hands-on collaborative change to better communities, but Community Psychology was an avenue for such change. His current work focuses on collaborating with immigrant communities and labor organizers in order to create intersectional solidarity and systematic change for (and with) workers. His main research interests are: labor, economics, immigration, intersectional social movements, and solidarity.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Delaney Malloy (She/Her/Hers)
is a second year Environmental Studies major and Biology Minor. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she has always had a passion for the environment and what affects it. She works as a Sustainability Advocate for the University of Cincinnati doing work like planning a community sustainable garden, holding various film discussions and lectures, and working as a mechanic to fix/rent out bikes to students on campus at the UC Bike Kitchen. She is also a fellow with the Post Landfill Action Network, petitioning and researching how to stop the spread of plastics and petrochemicals on campus and within the Ohio River Valley. Her work in the lab revolves around youth climate justice and equity. When not doing sustainability work, she greatly enjoys yoga, reading, and finding new coffee shops with friends.
Shaunelle Casey (She/They)
This is Shaunelle. She typically goes by her last name “Casey.” Casey is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she currently does post-grad research around Climate Change. She is also a research coordinator for a new study called RETAIN. In the future, she aims to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Outside of work, she is extremely laid back. She loves to read, do yoga, paint, and go to the beach. An unusual fact about herself: she is obsessed with Surrealism art. It is through a passion for the genre of “surrealism” that she decided to study the brain.
Anna Johns (she/her/hers)
Anna is a fourth year undergraduate student studying psychology and criminal justice. With a background in community health and engagement work, Anna is interested in the ways that climate injustice can affect vulnerable populations. She loves qualitative research and the lab’s focus on valuing people's voices and identities. In her free time, Anna enjoys climbing and cooking dinners with her friends.
Kiara Berry (she/hers/they/them)
Kiara is a 3rd-year Applied Media Communications student at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Campus. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio community work and ethical city development have always been her interest and she believes in a “helping individuals help themselves” approach. Her current research and creative projects explore the intersection of race, environment, and socioeconomics. She plans to continue a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy.
Emily Neuhofs (she/her/hers)
Emily Neuhofs is a third-year psychology student with a certificate in bioethics. She is very interested in helping people and helping people better understand the world around them. Emily enjoys hanging out with friends and working out.
Leyla Ashraf is currently a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying to be a community psychologist. She has attended UC since 2015 and received her Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2019. She is interested in working with the people around ger to try and make the world a better place for future generations.
Cali is a first year Master's in Applied Psychology (MAP) student at UC focusing on Community Psychology. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 with a degree in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She spent the past year working for AmeriCorps on a project evaluating the impact of art therapy for the homeless veteran population. She hopes to graduate in Spring of 2020 and work towards community building through local non profits.
Maria is a Master’s student in the University of Cincinnati’s Mental Health Counseling program and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She is passionate about combining environmental education and community empowerment experiences in order to carry out participatory action research geared towards environmental justice. Maria has previously presented research regarding the Flint Water Crisis and building multicultural capacity in environmental organizations. Currently, Maria is assisting the Collaborative Sustainability Lab on utilizing community water-resource mapping as an organizational technique in Jacmel, Haiti. Her hope is to explore community mapping as a tool for creating sustainable change towards environmental equity. Outside of the lab, Maria enjoys getting lost; Whether it's in the forest, a good book, or on her yoga mat.
Christine Shi is a Community Psychology student interested in how culture, psychology, spirituality, and systems affect the individual and community. She loves being a part of growing, collaborative spaces (like this one!) and is excited to learn from the lab. She enjoys spending time with my family and sharing stories over food.