Some of Our Current CNNC Fellows

Diya Abdo, Ph.D.
d_abdo@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Direct services, training, research, evaluation, grant writing, programming, curricular development.
Personal Profile: https://www.ted.com/talks/diya_abdo_revisioning_the_university_campus

Gina Arnone, Ph.D.
gina.arnone@unc.edu
Research Interests: Research on students/families experiences in school communities, language in education, identity, mental health.

Sarah Ascienzo, PhD, LCSW
saascien@ncsu.edu
Research Interests: NC State University, School of Social Work Development, implementation and cultural adaptation of clinical and psychosocial interventions for trauma, particularly complex trauma; resiliency-building; child maltreatment and sexual violence; trauma-informed care with organizations; vicarious trauma/secondary trauma.
Personal Profile: http://linkedin.com/in/sarah-ascienzo-43006598

Raleigh Bailey, Ph.D.
raleighbailey@gmail.com

Christelle Barakat
c_barakat@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Research on transitional justice for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and broader research on refugees in the Middle East and in the EU as it relates to refugee status, asylym, education, needs and basic services, healthcare, and resilience.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/christelle-barakat-1619bb16b

Kelsie M. Bernot, Ph.D.
kmbernot@ncat.edu
Research Interests: Service Learning and Community-Engaged Research around health disparities in under served communities.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelsiebernot/

Andrea Clark
aclark@preventchildabusenc.org
Research Interests: Resilience/ACES, prevention science, implementation science, collective impact, ELT at PCANC.

Krista Craven Ph.D.
cravenkl@guilford.edu
Research Interests: Participatory action research with undocumented youth & immigrant-led groups/orgs.
Personal Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/krista-craven-33586139

Kunga Denzongpa, MPH
kldenzon@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Prenatal care research centered around refugee women’s experience post resettlement.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kunga-denzongpa-835074a9

Dominique L-Divers Ph.D.
ldiversd08@gmail.com
Research Interests: Literacy Teaching, ESOL Health Literacy and Research.
Personal Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lddom

Nneze Eluka Ph.D.
nneluka@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Global public health, women’s health, refugee access to health care.

Betsy Jenson, MA
b_jenson@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Provide Immigration services and stay abreast of changes in immigration policy.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsyjenson

Alison Johnson, Ph.D.
alijtmc0183@yahoo.com
Research Interests: Research on how trauma affects disenfranchised communities differently, the expressions of trauma, and non-Western based coping mechanisms.

Mark Justad, Ph.D.
justadmj@guilford.edu
Research Interests: Curriculum and Project-Based teaching and learning.

Lisa Kiang, Ph.D.
kiangl@wfu.edu
Research Interests: Research on adolescents and families from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
Personal Profile: http://psychology.wfu.edu/about-the-department/faculty-and-staff/lisa-kiang/

Cindy Knul
cknul@chsnc.org
Research Interests: Community engagement-finding support in faith based communities for refugees and immigrants.

Christian Matheis, Ph.D.
matheiscg@guilford.edu

Carmen Monico Ph.D., MSW, MS, BS, GCIER, SEP
ccmonico@ncat.edu
Research Interests: Intercountry adoption, global migration, and human trafficking, and
civic engagement and social accountability.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmen-monico-15822615/

Maura Nsonwu, Ph.D.
mbnsonwu@ncsu.edu
Research Interests: Social work with immigrants and refugees; human trafficking; child welfare; women’s issues; health education; and violence against women and children.
Personal Profile: https://socialwork.chass.ncsu.edu/about/faculty_staff/mbnsonwu

Natacha Nikokeza, LLM
n_nikoke@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Mental health of refugees, particularly congolese refugee women.
Personal Profile: https://cnnc.uncg.edu/natacha-nikokeza/

Love Odetola, MPH
loodetol@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Pregnancy/Perinatal health and environmental exposures among immigrant populations.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loveodetola

Naglaa Rashwan
ntrashwa@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Immigrants and Refugees.

Deb Reisinger, Ph.D.
debsreis@duke.edu
Research Interests: Curriculum development and research related to service-learning courses that connect university language students with Durham resettlement agencies.
Personal Profile: https://romancestudies.duke.edu/people/profile/deborah-reisinger

Jeremy Rinker, Ph.D.
jarinker@uncg.edu
Research interests:  issues of resistance and resilience in the face of collective trauma and around the themes of restorative justice, political violence, and conflict intervention practices as they relate to underserved and marginalized populations.
Personal Profile: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cps/about-us/faculty/  or  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-rinker-6516446

Leilani Roughton
lroughton@newarrivalsinstitute.com
Research Interests: Direct Services, training, grantwriting, program development.

Sonalini Sapra, Ph.D.
saprask@guilford.edu
Research Interests: Gender and Environmental Justice, Civic Engagement, Transnational Feminisms, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonalini-sapra-3949359a/

Zulfiya Tursunova, Ph.D.
tursunovaz@guilford.edu
Research Interests: Assessment of FaithAction ID Drive with undocumented and refugee populations; Assessment of health disparaties among Filipino immigrant caregivers in Canada.
Personal Profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zulfiya-tursunova-66b92b25/
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zulfiya_Tursunova

Kelsey White, MSW, MPH
kawhite7@uncg.edu
Research Interests: Public health social work, health equity and health access, mental health and substance use (culturally appropriate interventions), roles of CHWs, mutual aid, community organizing.
Personal Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelseyannwhite/