Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Anita M. Wells, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Morgan’s Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, to serve on the State’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council. The term of Dr. Wells’ appointment is three years.
The Behavioral Health Advisory Council works to enhance behavioral health services statewide. It promotes policy, workforce development and services to ensure a system of care that is coordinated and integrates prevention, recovery, and cost-effective strategies. The Council also advocates for a culturally comprehensive approach to publicly funded services for prevention, early intervention, and recovery services to support individuals with behavioral health disorders and their families.
Dr. Wells joined the faculty of Morgan in 2009. As an advisor to the Council, she will leverage her research background in health disparities, health policy and mental health to assist in the area of academic research.
Dr. Wells’ current research focuses on social psychological factors associated with academic performance, with a particular emphasis on social determinants of well-being and the impact of trauma and violence on student learning. She also examines the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on psychosocial sustainability in veterans and their families.