Applied Social and Community Psychology Research Affiliates

Olena Leonchuk, PhD

Olena is a postdoctoral scholar in the Innovation Lab of the Applied and Social Community Psychology program. She is interested in research and evaluation of the science, technology and innovation initiatives, the Triple-Helix (Industry-University-Government) partnerships, high-skilled workforce, training and immigration. Over the course of her academic career, she has led or contributed to the evaluation of numerous cross-sector and multidisciplinary initiatives including the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers, the NSA Science of Security Lablet at NC State and the U.S. Department of State’s Humphrey Fellowship Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about a line of work where she can apply her research skills to build bridges between different sectors and disciplines under a common goal of solving complex societal issues.

Lindsey McGowen bio photoLindsey McGowen, PhD

Dr. Lindsey McGowen is a Research Scientist, Innovation Studies Lab, Applied Social and Community Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University. Dr. McGowen's research focuses on program evaluation for cooperative science and technology programs, particularly the outcomes and implications of cooperative research centers.  With over a decade of experience, Dr. McGowen has pioneered work on program sustainability for cooperative research centers. She serves as the Director of NSF-sponsored Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Evaluation Project (  In addition to her work with the IUCRC program, Dr. McGowen has led or participated in program evaluations for the NSA Science of Security, NSF IGERT, USDA NIFA, and USDA NIFSI programs. Dr. McGowen received her B.S. in Psychology & Communication from Lewis & Clark College. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Psychology in the Public Interest from North Carolina State University.