Dr. Michele Schlehofer earned her PhD in Applied Social Psychology in 2007 from Claremont Graduate University, located in Claremont, California, United States of America. Trained in the Lewinian tradition of action-research, much of her work consists of community-based research designed to directly address social and community problems. As an applied psychologist, she is a vocal proponent of not only intervention and prevention work, but also evidence-based decision-making and research-backed public policy. Over the course of her career, she has worked on projects addressing a myriad of social and community issues, including adolescent pregnancy prevention; community-building processes for people living with HIV and AIDS; and community breast health initiatives for women. She received a 2017 Board of Regents Award in Public Service for several initiatives conducted in Wicomico County and the Lower Shore area. This included conducting a pro-bono community-based needs assessment of county-wide resources for families and children for the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children. Since 2012, Dr. Schlehofer have been involved in advocacy efforts by, with, and for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) people. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition, as President of Salisbury’s PFLAG Chapter, and co-chairs the public policy committee for Division 44: the Division for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the American Psychological Association.