Current CHPR Master's Students
News and Updates
Congratulations to CHPR students Megan Alexander and Lina Vadlamani, both of whom were selected to receive the 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement, and to Vy Tran, who received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award and the Newman Civic Fellows Award.
The Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement to Megan and Lina recognizes “truly extraordinary students for their exceptional accomplishments in academic endeavors such as superb course-related work, unusual achievement in independent research, success in national competitions of an academic nature, or published writing or other presentations for a national audience.” Recipients are nominated by Stanford faculty and selected by the Dean’s Award Committee.
Vy was selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Mexico. She will engage in community-based participatory research in Oaxaca, Mexico and represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador while there, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Mexico. Selection for the prestigious Fulbright is based on many factors, including academic record and the extent to which the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community.
Vy also received the Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.
My name is Megan Alexander and I am majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Preventive Medicine (anticipated graduation in Spring 2017). I am passionate about empowering others to attain long-term good health through optimizing everyday lifestyle choices. The knowledge and skills I gain from the CHPR M.S. Program will be extremely helpful to me in my future career as a prevention-focused medical doctor. In my free time, I love cooking and exploring new places!
My name is Allison DeCastro and I am a Psychology major with a specialization in Health and Development, and a minor in Spanish (anticipated graduation in Spring 2016). I am excited about the CHPR M.S. program because of the opportunity to research and learn about community health, specifically community mental health, and to work with an organization in the community. One fun fact about me is that I still remember all of my locker combinations from middle and high school.
My name is Onisha Etkins and I am a Science Technology & Society major with a concentration in Life Sciences and Biotechnology. I plan to complete my BA degree in the Spring of 2016. I am interested in a M.S. in CHPR because it will allow me to apply my interests in community health into a research-oriented mindset, focused on prevention and finding solutions that specifically cater to community needs. A fun fact is that in 2014 I traveled to 6 different countries (Mexico, India, Spain, Italy, England and France).
Hello! My name is Luis Garcia, and I am majoring in Human Biology ('16) with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Global Health. Through the CHPR M.S. Program, I hope not only to develop robust quantitative research skills, but also to better understand the burden of chronic disease, particularly in communities of color and lower socioeconomic status. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and complement my medical training with upstream strategies for prevention and research to better serve vulnerable populations. Outside of health, I am passionate about educational equity, hiking, and writing short stories.
My name is Jo Getz and I'm a Computer Science major on the information track (anticipated graduation in 2016). I'm excited for the CHPR program because it will help me gain the necessary tools to apply my CS background to varying issues within the healthcare industry, as well as study the effects public policy can play in healthcare. Fun fact: I was once stung by a bee on the inside of my left ear canal and couldn't hear for a week.
My name is Nicole Giron and I am majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Health and Health Policy in Underserved Communities, as well as minoring in Spanish. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2016 and am eager to continue my studies with the CHPR M.S. program. I am excited to be a part of this program because it will allow me to more deeply and technically develop my interest in community health, enabling me to provide better care for others in the future. A fun fact about me: I have travelled to more countries than I have states!
My name is Tim Schurz, a Human Biology major and a Classics minor with an anticipated graduation in Spring 2016. I am incredibly excited for the Community Health and Prevention Research M.S. program to help me gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make a significant and global impact in health care. Fun fact about me, I grew up in the country of Zambia and had a pet chameleon named Johnny.
My name is Dylan Simmons, and I am a Sociology major in the Class of 2017. I am excited to integrate my education and experience in social sciences and intersectional feminist and gender studies with the CHPR program. Although I am eager to work on several facets of community health and prevention, I am particularly interested in minimizing queer and trans health disparities through community intervention. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, tabletop gaming, and playing with my tuxedo cat Glenys.
My name is Katie Toothman. I'm currently studying Human Biology; my Area of Concentration is "Social and Environmental Determinants of Health". I am also set to have a minor in Classics. I anticipate to be done with this degree in Spring 2016. This CHPR Master's program appeals to me for a variety of reasons; it's fairly flexible, very hands on, and the internship component will give me a chance to wholeheartedly explore the variety of communities that surround Stanford University's campus. One day I hope to become a dentist; I love the idea of exploring dental health within certain community health contexts.
I'm Vy (pronounced "VEE") Tran, and I am a Human Biology Major with a concentration in Equitable Care for Diverse, Underserved Communities (expected 2016). I grew up in a rural village in Vietnam – in a house built from dried mud and the only sources of light were the sun and man-made fire. I have an immense gratitude for life. My daily soul nourishments include embracing opportunities to learn from and to connect with others – discovering each person's unique story. I hope to make a difference in health care, immigration, and education. I am excited about the CHPR M.S. Program because I aspire to pursue a career in medicine as a community health advocate and as a family physician.
My name is Lina Vadlamani, and I am a Human Biology major concentrating in Global Health Policy (anticipated graduation in Spring 2016). I am particularly interested in preventive health and primary care access in disadvantaged populations. I'm incredibly excited to start the CHPR MS program this fall and learn more about how culturally-sensitive and cost effective programs can be designed to encourage better chronic disease prevention and management in low income communities. I enjoy volunteering with Pacific Free Clinic and Team HBV, and spend much of my free time pretending that my life is a Bollywood movie, complete with impromptu dance sequences.
My name is Shannon Xue and I am an Economics major, graduating in Spring 2016. I am interested in epidemiological modeling and quantifying the impact of generic entrants and pharmaceutical pricing on population health and access to treatments. I am especially looking forward to the CHPR program, as it will allow me to explore the intersection of healthcare and economics in more depth.
My name is Emily Amundson and I recently graduated from Pepperdine University. During my undergraduate career I spent significant time studying and working overseas in the medical industry. The experiences I had abroad have made me extremely passionate about preventing chronic disease through nutritional interventions. I am thrilled to pursue the CHPR M.S. to further develop this drive and learn more about what it takes to empower others to live abundantly by making intentional lifestyle choices on a day-to-day basis. One fun fact about me is that while I was living in China I spontaneously created a health food brand that is now very popular amongst the Shanghai locals and expats!
I am excited about the CHPR M.S. program because I want to learn more about how to appropriately and effectively engage with communities different from my own through the awesome CHPR courses as well as the community internship. A fun fact about me is that I really like cooking - especially with obscure ingredients. I enjoy thinking of creative ways to use parts of vegetables that are usually thrown away, for example carrot greens or broccoli stems, so that I minimize the amount of food wasted in my kitchen.
My name is Mandeep Chahal and I graduated with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from UC Davis. Since graduation, I have conducted neuroscience research at the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, and I am leading the domestic violence prevention program at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto. I strongly believe that healthcare is a fundamental human right yet many communities do not have access to the healthcare they need. The knowledge and skills I will learn from CHPR will allow me to address health inequities faced by women, communities of color, and recent immigrants. In the future, I plan to attend medical school and serve low-income and at-need populations. In my free time I love trying new recipes and new books!
My name is Amelia Chen and I was a Human Biology major with a concentration in the Development of Brain and Behavior (Spring 2016). I’m excited to begin the CHPR M.S. program to pursue my passion for public health and healthcare accessibility. I hope explore health disparities at both local and global levels, and eventually would like to continue my studies in medical school.
Hello! I'm Phil Delrosario. I'm a filmmaker, storyteller, and aspiring physician. I've produced several creative projects ranging from short films, documentaries, to stage plays. By interweaving my artistic endeavors with clinical and sociological research, I hope to find novel ways to explore health narratives, advocate for underserved communities, and promote positive social change in healthcare. Ultimately, the Masters program will train me to approach medical challenges with flexible solutions grounded in extensive research and inspired by the expertise and insights of other fields and specialties.
Juliah Shay Kim
My name is Juliah Shay Kim and I graduated from Pomona College (’16) as a neuroscience major. As a CHPR student, I am excited for the opportunity to directly work with communities in the Bay Area. In particular, I am interested in studying chronic diseases affecting low-socioeconomic communities. A fun fact about me is that I played basketball at Pomona and overseas in the UK.
My name is Nicole Jackson and I am an Urban Studies major ('18). I’m excited about the Community Health and Prevention Research Program because I am passionate about issues of health and education equity. One fun fact about me is that I took time off from school to work in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General in Washington D.C.
My name is Christopher Martin, and I recently completed the pre-medical post-baccalaureate program at the University of Virginia. I received my degree in Human Biology from Stanford in 2015, concentrating in Public Health for Underserved Communities. My interest in such communities fuels my interest in the CHPR M.S. program, as I want the skills needed to address the health inequities I witnessed growing up. My long-term goal is to be both a physician and community health advocate. Fun fact: I’m obsessed with the Dallas Mavericks (loving them is complicated).
Hello! I’m Paolo. A long time ago I was a molecular geneticist in Los Angeles, and I used to immortalize cells from foreskin of newly circumcised babies. Seriously, look it up, it’s a thing. I loved being a bench scientist who worked on wound-healing research, but I really wanted to get know my community beyond the walls of the research hospital, so I joined AmeriCorps and became a reading intervention teacher in South Central LA. I haven’t looked back ever since. I’ve been in the field of education for over 20 years now, and I’m in my 4th year as a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education. I’m excited to be here because my research bridges CHPR with Education by examining how pedagogies that create space for children’s ideas to be engaged affect their health and potential to thrive. My hypothesis is that great instructional practices not only help students learn more, but help them become happier and healthier individuals. This is a relatively new turn in my research interests, so ping me if you’re interested in this too!
My name is Amia Nash and I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 as a public health major with minors in biology, sociology, and religious studies. This past academic year, I was a Stanford Health 4 All fellow and interned with Stanford Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, focusing on mental health advocacy for Asian American Adolescents. I am excited for the CHPR program because I am passionate about health as a social justice issue, and improving the health and well-being of underrepresented populations. One fun fact about me is that I was a D1 cross country and track athlete in college, and I am currently a member of Stanford’s Running Club team.
My name is Allison Nguyen, and I graduated from Stanford in 2015 as a Human Biology major with a concentration in Community Health and Preventive Medicine. As part of the CHPR M.S. program, I’m excited to gain a better understanding of the social and environmental factors that impact the health of disenfranchised populations.
Fun fact: I experience ordinal linguistic personification (letters and numbers have personalities).
My name is Devika Patel, and I am a Product Design Engineering major (anticipated graduation in Fall 2016). I enjoy designing and making products and experiences, and am excited to bring those experiences into the field of community health. I am particularly excited in the CHPR program because I am interested in preventative health and wellbeing in global health settings. I'm excited to apply my engineering and design thinking background to these issues in the healthcare industry. Fun fact: I have a black belt in tae kwon do!
My name is AJ Rios and I am a Human Biology major (Spring 2017) with a concentration in Technology in Community Health. I was born and raised on the island of Guam - a place where chronic diseases run rampant. Consequently, my academic interests surround chronic disease prevention and I was naturally drawn to the CHPR M.S. Program. I hope to eventually return home and make a difference by utilizing technology as a preventative solution to chronic diseases.
Fun fact: I once competed as an international table tennis player.