Sonya Brady, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator and Academic Partner

Dr. Brady is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and health psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brady’s research addresses health risk and health protective behaviors during adolescence and young adulthood; socioeconomic and ethnicity-based disparities in consequences of risk-taking; mechanisms linking stressful life circumstances to health risk behaviors and factors promoting resilience; and promotion of health protective behaviors. Dr. Brady teaches graduate students about community health promotion and community-engaged research.

Capetra Jolly

Community Coalition Coordinator and Facilitator

Capetra Jolly received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she studied Child Psychology and Public Health. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served as President of the student group Black Motivated Women, where she worked with her peers not only to promote the overall development of women on campus, but also the development of youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She has served as a reading and math tutor in the St. Paul Public Schools district. Capetra brings a strong personal and professional commitment to the Communities Invested project.

Community Partners

  • Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
  • Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists
  • Boys and Girls Club, Eastside