Meet the Future Doctors

Innovative and Strategic Prevention
in Racial and Ethnic Disparities (INSPIRED) Lab

Anjalee Sharma, MSW

Anjalee Sharma, MSW

Research Assistant

Anjalee Sharma is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work. Her research interests revolve around the intersections of criminal justice and substance use disorders, focusing on improving continuity of care for those reentering the community after being incarcerated. Anjalee is also interested in studying the relationship of criminal justice policies, including policing and sentencing practices, pertaining to race and the prison industrial complex. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Between her masters and doctoral work, she spent time doing community-based research in Baltimore City Jail. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences pertaining to social work and substance use disorders.

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Melissa Vlilodas

Melissa Villodas, MSW

Research Assistant

Melissa Villodas, MSW, is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work. Her research interests revolve around how where people live impacts their health and well-being, focusing on neighborhood effects on Black youth mental health. Melissa’s work also spans transition-aged foster care youth mental health and youth and young adult community engagement.

Melissa received her MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Between her masters and doctoral work, she worked as a clinical therapist for a treatment family foster care program and an integrative health care organization in New York City. Melissa has also worked as a project manager for several NIMH-funded projects focused on mental health service utilization and interventions for individuals living with severe mental illness.

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