2019 Practica Profiles
Alessandra is a second-year MPH student in the department of Population and Family Health and Global Health certificate. She will be spending 6 months in São Paulo, Brazil at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) where she will complete a manuscript for submission to the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry which reviews the most important ongoing cohorts in mental health.
Kelsey Clayman is a first-year medical student at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was previously Program Coordinator for the Global Mental Health Program. During her undergraduate education, Kelsey researched novel neuroimaging techniques at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and brain cancer genetics at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, she began work at the University of Chicago studying predictive and preventive factors for alcohol addiction. Her research interests include the intersection of neurobiology and mental health on a local and global scale, utilizing scientific discovery to understand, inform, and reduce the stigma of mental illness worldwide. She earned her BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University.
Collins is a rising Junior in Columbia College and a Neuroscience and Behavior major on the pre-med track. He was born and raised in Kenya and lives in Dallas, TX. He is a part of the first ever Laidlaw Scholars cohort at Columbia College. During his time at Columbia, he has worked with the Program for Global and Population Health on research aimed at increasing the capacity for Oral Health Care in Nairobi, Kenya. He is invested in Public Global Health and issues around capacity and policy building in Low and Middle Income Countries. Coupled with this is a deep love for music, dance, and comedy.
Anya Peck received her BA in Neurobiology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Colby College and is an MPH candidate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, studying Population and Family Health with a certificate in Global Health. Prior to Columbia she was a yearlong Public Health Fellow at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center’s (EBNHC) Let’s Get Movin’ program. At EBNHC Anya worked in program development and evaluation, was a bilingual (Spanish/English) youth program leader and in school nutrition teacher and was manager of the East Boston Farmers Market. Prior to EBNHC Anya worked for a year in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as a preventive health coordinator for Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM), a local women’s cooperative. At UPAVIM Anya founded the UPAVIM dentist program, was a youth exercise/nutrition educator, lead women’s health groups, and was a mentor to community youth who have experienced violence. Her current interests are in program planning, youth health promotion/education, qualitative research, and global mental health.