Ashley Wells, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Impact

Ashley WellsDr. Ashley Wells is the assistant dean for community engagement in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. She is also a part-time instructor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences. Dr. Wells facilitates the following groups within CHHS: Interprofessional Collaboration Advisory Council; Community Engagement and Impact Advisory Council; and the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic Task Force. At the university level, Dr. Wells leads the Recognize and Reward Committee for the UNCW Office of Community Engagement. 

Prior to coming to UNCW, Dr. Wells served as co-investigator and project coordinator for the Protecting Strong African American Families Project (ProSAAF), a preventive-intervention research trial funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted through the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia. Previous administrative roles held by Dr. Wells include assistant graduate coordinator and director of the Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health Programs at UGA, as well as center coordinator for the Georgia Public Health Training Center, a program funded by the U.S. Human Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Wells is a three-time graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Public Health with a focus in health promotion and behavior, and Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Learning, Leadership and Organization Development.

Dr. Wells serves on the boards of Cape Fear Health Net and Leading Into New Communities (LINC), Inc.  She represents CHHS on the executive committee for the American Heart Association’s Cape Fear Heart Walk, as well as volunteers with StepUp Wilmington as a resume writer and workshop facilitator. Recently, Dr. Wells has been selected as a member of the New Hanover County Master Aging Plan Executive Committee. Previously, she served as a member of the Brunswick County Nursing Home and Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Wells’ areas of interest include asset-based community development, appreciative processes, leadership development, and workforce development and continuing education.