Kayce Singletary, LMSW, MPH, CHES
Senior Director of Community Impact
Kayce provides strategic direction and leadership in the development and implementation of research, evaluation, the Strengthening Families Program, and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). Before joining Children’s Trust, she worked in the field of sexual violence prevention for 10 years, developing, implementing, and evaluating primary prevention programs. She’s a licensed master social worker and a Certified Health Education Specialist.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at USC Aiken and master’s degrees in both social work and public health at the University of South Carolina.
Aditi Srivastav Bussells, Ph.D., MPH
Director of Research
I tell stories through data and research to advocate for policies that promote equity, opportunity and resilience for all of South Carolina’s kids.
To ensure that all communities in South Carolina are healthy and thriving, Aditi leads mixed methods research efforts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), race equity, community mobilization, as well as examining policies, programs and practices that improve family and community resilience. Most recently, she served as the primary author of the organization’s signature prevention framework, the Empower Action Model, an evidence-based tool for building resilience.
In her role, Aditi also oversees the South Carolina Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative and KIDS COUNT South Carolina, in which she directs all data dissemination and translates research for action within the organization and for partners. To support the high-quality programs and initiatives at Children’s Trust, she helps build capacity of communities to make data-driven decisions that are equitable, sustainable, and promote population health through content expertise, strategic communications, and training. Aditi is an ACE master trainer and represents the agency on several committees and initiatives.
Aditi received her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health as a Doris Duke Foundation Fellow. She holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in American government from the University of Virginia.
Her research interests include health communications, health disparities and racial inequities, child health policy, and risk behavior prevention. She currently is serving as a Mayor appointed member of the city of Columbia’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 U.S. Census. She was also selected by the Society for Public Health Education’s board of trustees to serve as an editorial board member for Health Promotion Practice, a premier public health peer-reviewed journal.
Alyssa provides evaluation support across a full range of evaluation activities to Children’s Trust staff and partners, as well as the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), Triple P South Carolina, and Empower Action coalitions. While leading and monitoring evaluation activities across multiple projects through planning, implementation, instrument development, data analysis, data visualization, reporting, and utilization for improvement, she also supports the development of the organization’s web-based evaluation system.
In her previous role, she supported research projects such as the South Carolina Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative, PACEs (Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection, KIDS COUNT, and social norms. Her experience includes working in public policy, public health research, evaluation, and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Wofford College, where she also served as a member of Kappa Delta sorority, a national supporter of Prevent Child Abuse America.
Amanda Stafford McRell, MPA
Graduate Research Assistant
Amanda is the graduate research assistant supporting the strategy and implementation team with data, research and evaluation activities. She holds bachelor’s degrees in social work and political science from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social work from the University of South Carolina.