Anita Blanchard is an associate professor of Psychology and Organization Science at UNC Charlotte. She is the director of the Virtual Identity, Community and Entitativity (V.I.C.E) lab, which studies online and face-to-face groups. She is particularly interested in how groups affect people’s relationships with each other as well as their own health and well-being. She also is interested in how the groups to which people belong increase organizational and societal functioning. In 2016, he was a finalist for the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence.