2018 Summer Interns
Calvin Acker was born in the United States but moved to Hong Kong as a young adult. It was there that he developed a passion for the sciences, music, and travel. He graduated high school in Hong Kong before moving back to the United States to attend Purdue University, where he is now majoring in health sciences and pre-medicine with a minor in biology. His passion for music and medicine has sparked an interest on the effects of music on mental health as well as music therapy, which he is now researching in part with the Global Mental Health Program.
Originally from Taiwan, Joy Chiu is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. Joy gradually discovered her passion for mental health advocacy after seeing the mental health struggles of close family and friends. That exposure, combined with her experience in two diverse cultures, spurred her interest in the social determinants of health as well as the intersection of culture and health. On campus, she is involved in Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling, Natural Ties, Taiwanese Student Organization, and the Diabolo Club. An aspiring occupational therapist, Joy hopes to apply the knowledge she gains this summer to provide holistic, client-centered, and culturally competent care.
Maddy Foley is a rising senior at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. She became interested in public and mental health during the summer after her sophomore year of high school while interning at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Under the guidance of her mentor at Kempe, Maddy conducted a study evaluating the associations of state-level rates of depression and fatal opioid overdose in the United States, which is now a manuscript in review for publication. During her junior year, Maddy presented her research at numerous conferences and became very passionate about the intersection of mental and public health. She is very excited to be joining the Global Mental Health Program team!
Janelle Gore is a senior at Texas Southern University, studying Health Studies with a minor in Psychology. After graduation she hopes to enroll into a master’s program for her Master’s in Public Health. Janelle’s professional interests include intersecting Public Health and Mental health. Her passion is working with urban youth, educating them on the importance of their and their communities’ mental health. In the future Janelle would like create a global non-profit organization for urban youth, with her mission being to combat mental health dipartites across the world through dismantling stigmas surrounding mental illnesses. She is a firm believer in global behavior change beginning with children. Mental health stigmas across the world can be broken when we have a strong generation who deems it imperative to not dismiss the unknowns of mental health disparities.
Meredith Lostaglio is a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a Biotechnology and Global Health focus and minoring in International Development. Her passion for health research and mental health advocacy stem from a background in clinical research at Memorial Sloane Kettering and her work as an EMT, where she has been exposed to a variety of psychiatric cases. This summer, Meredith hopes to broaden her understanding of mental health interventions and global intersectionalities through her work with the Global Mental Health Program.
From Sweden, Salomé Olsson is a fourth-year medical student at Karolinska Institute. Thankful for having the opportunity to study, Salomé decided to become a MD with the long-term goal of helping underserved communities. Salomé’s global health studies in Uganda sparked her interest in global mental health, particularly concerning the lack of resources for treating mental disorders. By gaining a deeper knowledge about mental health during the summer, Salomé hopes to become a better physician and help improve mental health care, both globally and regionally. This is one of her passions, since she knows that it is the key to improving the lives of millions of people. Outside studying medicine, Salomé has a background in European politics and has been awarded for her research on the environment and sustainable development.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ashley Reed is a rising senior at the University of Georgia, where she is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology and double minoring in Anthropology and Disaster Management. She became interested in global mental health after completing an internship at an NGO in Rwanda that provided psychosocial care to HIV+ survivors of the 1994 genocide. She has since developed this interest further by conducting an ethnographic research project in Nepal about the mental health effects of the 2015 earthquake. After graduation, Ashley plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Global Mental Health or Disaster Psychology, and one day hopes to help implement culturally appropriate psychosocial interventions in crisis situations.
Asha Rudrabhatla is a rising junior at Colorado College, where she is studying Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Asha’s passion for mental health advocacy stems from her passion for social justice. She is interested in studying psychology from a sociological perspective in order to advocate for those living with mental health illnesses, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and promote global access to mental health services. In the future, Asha plans to continue her mental health advocacy work by pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist.
Sabrina Sanchez is a rising junior at Williams College majoring in Sociology. Originally from New York City, she became interested in mental health advocacy after noticing disparities in screening and treatment within her own community in Washington Heights. In the past, she has done research in neuroscience on the effect of gestational diabetes on neonatal anxiety as well as how neuroinflammation affects learning-behavior in aging rats. It was through this work that it became apparent that the kind of impact she wanted to make was not in the lab but in the field. As a member of Columbia’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program, she is pursuing her passion for mental health at the population level, focusing primarily on immigrant mental health and help-seeking behavior.
Lucy Siegel is a rising senior at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Her studies focus on humanitarian affairs and English. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Cavalier Daily Newspaper at U.Va. starting as an Opinion columnist and moving on to be an Editor. She has written over 20 articles on topics ranging from the current political climate to poverty and inequality. This past semester she was in Cape Town, South Africa, studying the intersectionality inherent in a post-apartheid society. She enjoys reading and writing and hopes to effectively contribute to destigmatizing mental health through those mediums.
Morgan Silverman is a rising junior at Dickinson College. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a certificate in Health Studies. Her interest in mental health began in high school when she worked at a summer camp for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities. Morgan’s passion for studying mental and neurological disorders grew when she entered college where she took several courses in psychology and neuropsychology. Her long term goal is to become a neuropsychologist focusing on improving the effectiveness and accessibility of mental health services both in the United States and in global settings. She is excited to be a part of the Global Mental Health Program as an intern so that she can gain new skills in investigating the impact of factors like culture, gender and socioeconomic status on global mental health.
Originally from Upstate New York but raised in Minneapolis, MN, Gillian Singer is a rising senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. She is a double major in Spanish and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and has studied and worked abroad in Spain and Israel. She lives and works to empower others through intersectional feminist activism in areas surrounding: the equality of all genders and sexual identities, mental health, reproductive rights, and equality in health care. Her “someday goal” is to work globally on educating and advocating for women in the contexts of prenatal and postnatal health, maternal health, and family planning while incorporating resources and care for women living with mental illness. In the future, Gillian hopes to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Health with a focus on Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights and to work in the nonprofit/NGO sector.
Natalie Tikhonovsky is a rising junior at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Natalie is currently studying public health at Furman and intends to pursue a career as a research scientist for an international NGO. Her interest in public health stems from a longstanding commitment to advocating for refugees, migrants, and other displaced persons, specifically in regards to their physical and mental well-being. Natalie also shares a passion for social innovation and women’s economic empowerment and hopes to better understand how market-based livelihoods can promote not only resiliency but also better health outcomes among refugee women.