Faculty Mentors

This interdisciplinary research team of faculty conduct research on an array of topics and have vested interest and experience serving the identified minority communities. The strategic development of an Interdisciplinary Minority Student Research Group is expected to result in increasing competency of engaging the community and conducting research.

As faculty mentors, we hope to help continue to develop high-quality student researchers who will carry their skill set into the communities for which there is a great need. Learning about the needs of minority communities in Wilmington could lead to new community partnerships and future data-driven UNCW efforts around course development, service initiatives, and further research efforts.

Sabrina Cherry

Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry
School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

BIO

cherrys@uncw.edu 

Active Research

  • Environmental Justice: The Convergence of Family, Community, and Industrial History (Cherry, Smith)
  • Tri-County Value-Based Care (Mayo, Wells, Cherry, DeVall, Bolton)
  • Spirituality and Resilience (Roberto, Hunter-Jones, Sellon, Cherry)
Kris Hohn

Dr. Kris L. Hohn
School of Social Work

BIO

hohnk@uncw.edu

Active Research

  • Medical diagnoses mediate wellness across intersectional identities of women with childhood trauma (Hohn, Gruber, Tilley)
  • The association of negative body image with suicidal ideation in sexual minority and gender nonconforming youth (Hohn, Tilley)
  • Project Pronoun (Hohn, Tilley)
Josalin Hunter-Jones

Dr. Josalin Hunter-Jones
School of Social Work

BIO

jonesjh@uncw.edu 

Active Research

  • 3M: Music, Media, and Mental Health Among African American UNCW Students (Hunter-Jones, Sayers China, Bolden)
  • Assessing the Acceptability and Feasibility of a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Intervention for African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS (Hunter-Jones, looking for new brilliant students to join)
  • COVID-19 Resilience Photovoice Project (Hunter-Jones, Roberto, Sellon, Bolden)
  • Spirituality and Resilience (Roberto, Hunter-Jones, Sellon, Cherry)
  • Life is Good: Optimizing wellness and resilience; a trauma informed playmakers program (Roberto, Hunter-Jones, Ormand, Johnson)
Anka Roberto

Dr. Anka Roberto
School of Nursing

BIO

robertoa@uncw.edu 

Active Research

  • Optimizing Wellness and Resilience: A Trauma and Resilience Informed Program (Roberto, Hunter-Jones, Ormand, Johnson)
  • Photovoice and COVID-19 Resilience (Hunter-Jones, Roberto, Sellon)
  • Spirituality and Resilience (Roberto, Hunter-Jones, Sellon, Cherry)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), treatment for substance use disorders (Roberto, Palumbo, Protokowicz) 
Addie Sayers China

Dr. Addie Sayers China
Department of English

BIO

chinaa@uncw.edu 

Active Research

  • 3M: Music, Media, and Mental Health Among African American UNCW Students (Hunter-Jones, Sayers China, Bolden, Smith)
  • Queer Voices: A critical queer pedagogical study for LGBTQ+ inclusion (Sayers, Rotchford, Lambert, Robertson, Schumacher)
  • Vital records project: Performance art as social justice research (Rotchford, Sayers, Kirby)
Alicia Sellon

Dr. Alicia Sellon
School of Social Work

BIO

sellonm@uncw.edu 

Active Research

  • COVID-19 Resilience Photovoice Project (Hunter-Jones, Roberto, Sellon, Bolden)
  • Spirituality and Resilience (Hunter- Jones, Roberto, Sellon)

Faculty Affiliates

If you are a faculty member at UNCW and are interested in working with IMSRG as a faculty affiliate, please contact IMSRG@uncw.edu.