Group photo of the Student Wellness staff


Puru Thapa
Puru Thapa, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Purushottam Thapa, M.D., a professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry, is the medical director of the UAMS Student Wellness Program. A former section chief and staff psychiatrist at the Arkansas State Hospital, Thapa completed the Department of Psychiatry’s residency program in 2002. During his 14 years at the Arkansas State Hospital, Thapa received numerous honors, including the College of Medicine’s Red Sash Award (voted by graduating seniors who influenced them the most during their four years of medical school) 12 times, the Golden Apple (the Best Teacher Award from junior medical students) seven times and the Department of Psychiatry’s Emile Eckart Award (for the outstanding teacher in residency education) three times. He also received the College of Medicine’s Master Teacher Award in 2006 and the Chancellor’s Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.
Vicki Flynn
Vicki Flynn, MD
Associate Director
Vicki Flynn, MD is Assistant Professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UAMS Student and Resident Wellness Programs. An Arkansas native, Vicki attended both medical school and residency at UAMS, where she served as Chief Resident of the general psychiatry residency. Throughout her training, Vicki received awards for teamwork and excellence in clinical care and was named the outstanding psychiatry graduate in 2019. Her professional interests include medical student and resident education, the role of mentoring in medical education and professional development, non-pharmacological approaches to treatment, the interconnection between physical and mental health, positive psychology approaches, and professional burnout. You could say Vicki is a hobbyist: her hobbies include gardening and flower arrangements, making paper and frames to display pressed flowers, photography, and taking her large pup for walks and trips to the dog park.
Jim Holland
Jim Holland, LCSW
Angie Moore
Angie Moore, LCSW
Matt Boone
Matt Boone, LCSW
Director of Programming and Outreach
Matt Boone, LCSW is Director of Programming and Outreach at the Student Wellness Program and Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. His professional interests include evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders; training professionals in cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT); and supporting students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and others who might face challenges in medical training. He specializes in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavior therapy for a broad spectrum of problems, and has published various books, articles, book chapters, and blogs on ACT-related topics. In his life outside of work, he enjoys writing and recording music, eating amazing food, and hanging out with friends. He and his wife spend way too much time talking about their cat, Elliot, and he loves working with people who think therapy is for wimps.
Meshelle Helms
Meshelle Helms
Program Manager
Meshelle Helms is the Program Manager of the Student Wellness Program. She has worked at UAMS for 22 years and has been with student wellness since 2005. She is dedicated to good customer service, and in her free time she enjoys gardening and photography. She has also completed her EMT training and is certified the NREMT.
Lecretha Brown
Lecretha Brown
Administrative Assistant
Lecretha Brown is the Administrative Assistant of the Student Wellness Program. She has worked at UAMS on and off since 2013, both in Student Wellness and Care Management. She loves supporting students, and in her off-hours she enjoys spending time with family, working in her church, and walking.