Meet the Team

Scott Hays

Program Director / 217 244 2616

Scott P. Hays, (Ph.D., Political Science), is a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Prevention Research and Development of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He and his team developed “Engaging Youth for Positive Change”. He has taught political science at the college level and his research has included municipal ordinance adoption in local communities, the role of policy change in substance abuse prevention and youth involvement in policy change. He is co-editor of Engaging the Public: How Government and the Media Can Reinvigorate American Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998) and his research has appeared in a variety of academic journals including Frontiers in Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Drug Education, and in Children, Youth and Environments.

Leyda Garcia-Greenawalt

EYPC Site Coordinator

Leyda Garcia-Greenawalt is a graduate student at the UIUC School of Social Work. While earning her BSW from the University of Illinois, Leyda served as the BSW Representative for the Illinois Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. She now spends her time advocating for the needs of youth with experience in foster care through her role as President for the Foster Care Alumni of America-Illinois Chapter. As a student, her research interests include juvenile justice, policy reform, intimate partner violence, and foster care.

Kyle Bennett 

Data Analysis and Evaluation

Kyle Bennett is a 4th year doctoral student at the UIUC School of Social Work. He earned his MSW from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, and previously earned  his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois with minors in Spanish and Anthropology. His research focuses on social determinants of health, and through a segmented assimilation theoretical lens, how intergenerational conflict impacts substance use prevention, intervention, and outcomes among emerging adult and Latinx migrant populations. He has extensive experience with a variety of research methods and teaches a dedicated substance use course at the UIUC School of Social Work. His practice experience involves clinical work with adolescents, emerging adults, and families in outpatient, school, and residential treatment settings.

Jeanna Campbell wearing glasses and a white shirt

Jeanna Campbell

EYPC Program E-Text Writer

Jeanna Campbell received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology, and Master’s in Social Work from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. While a Master’s student, Jeanna advocated for Community-Based Interorganizational Social Change to establish a food pantry on Illinois State University’s campus. The pantry is open to students who attend post-secondary institutions in Central Illinois. An impetuous for creation of the pantry was Jeanna’s personal experience with low-income, social service utilization, and chronic illness. Jeanna has had Type One Diabetes for more than 20 years. Her research interests include the intersections of chronic illness, ableism, biopolitics, culturally humble health and wellness, and health policy.

Shane Brosnan

EYPC Coder/ Developer/ Technical Writer

Shane Brosnan is a senior at the University of Illinois pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Shane is working with the EYPC Project as a Coder/Developer/Technical Writer through the ATLAS Internship Program through the College of LAS. Shane’s position has him working with the Facilitator Training of the EYPC and moving it on to an online format. Shane is looking to pursue a career in law or forensic psychology after he graduates.