Current CHPR Master's Students
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.
My name is Linn Aasly, and I am an international student from Norway. I moved to the US to attend college, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Biology and Pre-medical studies in December 2015. I believe the future of health care is rooted in prevention, and the key to accomplishing this on a large scale is developing accessible and realistic measures suited for all individuals. I am thrilled to have been given the chance to attend the CHPR program, and look forward to deepen my knowledge in this field.
One fun fact about me is that I have lived in 5 different countries.
My name is Sabina Aliev and I have been back in my native city of San Francisco for a year after studying chemistry for four years at Haverford College. Over the past 5 years, I have conducted research for the Wraparound Project, an organization that works to address the root causes of youth violence and reduce hospital readmission rates those most at risk, while also working alongside doctors as a scribe in the emergency room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for the past year. My interest in health has always been inspired by community-level work and I am excited that the CHPR's approach to community health and prevention research aligns with my vision and goal of practicing medicine. English is my third language and I played squash in college.
Tatiana Baquero Devis
My name is Tatiana Baquero Devis and I am Human Biology major with a concentration in Health and Health Policy (Spring 2017). I moved to Los Angeles from Bogota, Colombia when I was 12 years old. I am very excited to be a part of the CHPR program and develop research skills for a future career in medicine as a doctor who is dedicated to serving at a community level, not just at the individual level, and have a better understanding of how to address health disparities within the immigrant community. I also love working with children of all ages, education equity, and salsa and bachata dancing.
My name is Shreyas Bharadwaj and I am a passionate bay area native and recent graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. Throughout my undergraduate career, my focus has centered on understanding how differential socioeconomic pressures lead to starkly dissimilar population-wide health outcomes. Consequently, I have ventured to develop domestic and international perspectives on population health by working in contexts ranging from the food deserts of urban Sacramento to remote villages in rural Tamil Nadu.
I am excited about the CHPR program because of its emphasis on interdisciplinary education. As a student and aspiring physician, I hope to further cultivate my interests in epidemiology, medicine, and consumer technology to sustainably elevate the health status of underserved populations.
My name is Michelle Chin and I am studying Human Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences (anticipated graduation in Spring 2017). I’m very excited to start the CHPR coterm because I am particularly interested in management of diseases and disorders that affect underrepresented patients. I also hope to gain a deeper understanding of how to design, implement and analyze studies to address these health disparities.
Fun fact: I enjoy learning martial arts and am a member of Stanford Wushu!
My name is Seo-Ho Cho and I graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in Food and Nutrition Studies. The focus of my research during the undergraduate years was the nutritional crisis that developing countries face, especially the crisis that pregnant women and infants face in North Korea. I am excited to pursue the CHPR M.S. program to further enhance and expand my knowledge in chronic disease prevention and control efforts in communities from local to international levels.
One fun fact about me is that I am a TEDster - a TED enthusiast. A TEDx organizer since 2013, I organized both TEDxSNU and TEDxSeongsu events. I am also a TED translator, and I have attended several TED conferences.
My name is Coraal Cohen and I'm a Stanford senior studying Biology (Fall 2017). As someone with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), I am excited about the possibility of developing nutrition and lifestyle interventions through CHPR to improve the lives of others with IBD and related chronic illnesses.
A fun fact about me is that I was born and raised in the southernmost point of the United States: Key West, Florida.
My name is Amanda Cooper and I am thrilled to be joining the CHPR program. I have spent the past 15 years volunteering/interning/working in hospitals in 3 different states and have become increasingly aware of healthcare disparities within these different communities. I hope to become involved in efforts, whether through policy change or community intervention work, to improve the health landscape in our country. My undergraduate majors were Neuroscience and Family Studies with a minor in Music.
Fun fact: I love running and have run a marathon and multiple half marathons and shorter races.
My name is Tessa Eckley and I am a Biology major with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology (Spring 2017). I am very excited to be part of the CHPR program, where I can explore my interests in medicine and public health. I plan to attend medical school, and the CHPR program provides an excellent opportunity to study medicine from a more community-based, interdisciplinary perspective. In my free time, I love to sing, and I have performed in a cappella, musical theatre, and opera on campus.
Hello, my name is Mark Freeman and my passions are rooted in the pursuit of health equity. I graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and worked the following year as an advisor at the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service. While attending Davis, I was heavily involved with Imani Clinic, a student-run free medical clinic located in the underserved Oak Park community of Sacramento. I am beyond grateful to be part of the CHPR program, as I am excited for the opportunity to bridge my interests in community engagement, research, and health. In addition, I hope to explore community centered solutions that utilize for profit businesses to address health care disparities—specifically within marginalized communities.
For fun, I love to dance with friends and sometimes enter hip hop dance competitions.
My name is Yihan Hu, and I am an entrepreneur in the Health IT field living in Beijing, China. My company is called Beijing Ciji Network Technology Co. Ltd, and we focus on two things: 1) Helping Chinese individual clinics in digitalization 2) Providing online healthcare management solutions for corporations to improve their labor productivity and wellness. I was an international affairs major from the George Washington University. After graduation I worked in the Ministry of Health of China in State-owned Hospital System Reform Office and then I became an Analyst in Morgan Stanley Beijing Office focusing in Healthcare investment. I founded the company in 2015 with four other partners. I am very excited to pursue my passion in public health with the Stanford CHPR program!
My name is Lina Khoeur and I am a Human Biology major with a concentration in Brain and Behavior (Spring 2018). I am extremely invested in studying the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and how these identities contribute to differences in healthcare access. Through the CHPR Master’s Program, I hope to contribute to a body of research that results in pragmatic solutions to health care disparities, and allows historically under-served populations to better live their fullest lives. In my free time, I love rock climbing, typography, fighting for social justice, and organizing huge brunch get-togethers.
My name is Caleb Kumar. I am a Science, Technology and Society major with a self-designed concentration in Biotechnology. I am excited to be a part of the CHPR program and explore public health solutions to current unmet medical needs. I am looking forward to learning more about clinical medicine, comorbidities and prediction, and prevention of disease. In my undergraduate career, I have developed products in biotechnology, data security and IoT.
My name is Cecilia Lang-Ree, and I graduated with a degree in Psychology with a focus in Health & Development from Stanford University in 2017. I am particularly interested in issues of mental health accessibility, especially as promoted with technology, as well as gendered health disparities and sexual assault. During my time at Stanford, I was part of a research team that conducted a nationwide survey about sexual assault that we used to develop a more nuanced, effective anti-assault training program for universities. I hope to continue similar work, perhaps integrating sex education, mental health, and wellness, in CHPR! When I'm not in the classroom, I am a competitive member of the Stanford Equestrian Team and lifelong actress.
Hi! I'm Adrienne Lazaro and I am excited to soak up everything CHPR has to offer. I graduated from UC Davis in 2011 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Chicano Studies and then decided to spend time being a full-time mom. Following those years, I worked at a teen clinic in the East Bay counseling adolescents in reproductive and other health topics. I am proud to have attended Stanford Health 4 All in the 2015-2016 cohort, where I was able to build on my experiences in community health education. Currently, I work for the research labs of Dr. Prochaska from the Stanford Prevention Research Center and Dr. Halpern-Felsher from the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford. I have progressed both personally and professionally through my experiences at Stanford and I look forward to continuing to grow with the support of the SPRC community.
My name is Mika Limcaoco, I am a Human Biology major concentrating in Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Health (Spring ’17). Having grown up in the Philippines, a country with a weak public health infrastructure, I’ve always wanted to get into preventive health because of its cost-effectiveness and untapped potential. I hope that being in the CHPR program can help me gain the skill set I need to improve preventive health outcomes globally and domestically. In my free time, I write for my Stanford sketch comedy group The Robber Barons. Check them out!
My name is Ani Movsisyan and I graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and with minors in Professional Writing and Studio Art. Shortly after, I worked at the UC Davis MIND Institute as a Research Coordinator and decided to focus my career in providing quality healthcare and research opportunities to families from underrepresented communities. I look forward to beginning the CHPR program at Stanford University, and to learning the socioeconomic reasons underlying health care inequalities. With this knowledge, I hope to develop reliable health care systems in my local community, as well as in my home country of Armenia.
A fun fact about me is that I enjoy landscape painting.
My name is Tiondrae Pier, and I am a Human Biology major with a Concentration in Sex and Gender Diversity in Health (Spring 2018). I am so very excited for the opportunity to interrogate intersections of medicine, innovation, and identity when considering risk prevention. I am interested HIV prevention, sex/gender, sexual orientation, and how these factors coalesce.
A fun fact about me: I have been building a digital music library I always have with me from the age of 8!
My name is Brittany Pike, a recent graduate from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (’17). As an undergraduate, I spent much of my time pursuing pediatric asthma research, and serving as President of a student organization known as Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NSPIRE). Through my research and service experiences, I developed a passion for preventative medicine, chronic disease management and promotion of health equity in underserved communities. I am thrilled to pursue the CHPR M.S. program at Stanford to learn more about how to utilize evidence-based interventions and primary prevention to address community health challenges, particularly in underserved communities.
Fun fact: I enjoy traveling to new places and have the goal of meeting a new friend on every continent. My most recent travels abroad were to Cambodia and Thailand, and I value the lifelong friendships I established in Asia greatly.
My name is Ambri Pukhraj and I am thrilled to return to Stanford, where I was an H4A Fellow in 2014.
I am a former teacher and a current worker-owner at The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley. I have also worked at various non-profit organizations. Every job and volunteer position I’ve enjoyed has offered me an opportunity to connect with the community it serves, and this focus on community health is what attracts me to CHPR. I hope to work in health advocacy and health intervention roles with organizations focused on underserved communities, providing education and tools to positively influence health outcomes.
I live in Oakland with my partner, where we are often on a quest for excellent bagels and pizza.
My name is Chris Rodriguez and I graduated from Stanford in 2017. I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in Social Health Disparities and minored in Creative Writing. As a Bay Area native, I devoted my education to learning how to integrate socially and culturally sensitive approaches to medical care for underrepresented communities. I’m stoked to join the CHPR program as I continue to pursue this passion for improving the quality of treatment and accessibility to health care of vulnerable populations. I spend my free time exercising my creative juices by photographing still life, reading nonfiction memoirs, and practicing my calligraphy.
Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but I go by Betsy. Prior to completing my pre-med studies at Georgetown University, I studied journalism, evolutionary biology, and medical anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, I spent two years as a molecular biologist for Ion Torrent, a biotech company that’s making next-generation genetic sequencing faster and cheaper. After a brief stint learning German and working on a farm in Austria, I continued my pursuit of medicine by working for a dermatological clinic that provides non-profit services for underprivileged teenagers in East Palo Alto. I’m excited to be a part of the CHPR M.S. program for the unique opportunity to become an effective advocate for the community health issues I value most, including addiction and global health.
My name is Dilpreet Sahota and I graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology, with an emphasis in Human and Health Biology. I have become heavily involved in grassroots level community work mainly with the local and international Punjabi/Sikh community in form of health education, clinics, interventional education workshops, and research. I aspire to become a physician to serve the medically disadvantaged Central Valley of California, focusing on aiding marginalized communities to overcome the gap in access to healthcare that is present today. I am excited to pursue the CHPR M.S. to further develop the skills needed to empower communities to gain access to the care they deserve.
Fun fact: I dance for a competitive team during my free time!
My name is Robert Shi, and I am a sociology major in Stanford University’s class of 2018. I am honored to be a part of the CHPR program because I think it offers incredibly relevant and important curriculum useful for any life/career path. I hope to use what I have learned as an undergraduate and what I will learn in CHPR, especially concerning health issues of low socioeconomic status individuals, towards a potential career in medicine. In my free time, I enjoy listening to new and different kinds of music, and I love photography and videography.
My name is Muzz Shittu and I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and Infectious Disease (Spring 2017). I'm excited to think about health problems from a systems-level perspective! I'm from Nigeria, but live in Amman, Jordan.
Annie Robinson Woods
My name is Annie Robinson Woods. I am pursuing a CHPR Master’s degree to better understand how food choices impact our health and well-being, on both an individual and community level. The long-term health effects of organic food, food additives, and plant-based diets are of particular interest to me. I am currently the owner/manager of a small, organic farm in Healdsburg, CA. Prior to this, I was a management consultant and administrator for various health care organizations including hospitals, academic medical centers, and a community health clinic. I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History and I have a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
My name is Samantha Wong and I am a History minor and Human Biology major, with a concentration in Chronic Disease and Community Health (Spring 2018). I am excited to be a part of the CHPR M.S. program because I want to explore ways of optimizing health and health equity through an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in underserved communities.
A fun fact about me: I love to write, and I have worked at The Stanford Daily for the past three years as both a writer and an editor.
Hello! My name is Sylvia Zhang, and I am a Human Biology major (Spring 2017) with a concentration in Biological and Social Determinants of Human Development. Over the years, I’ve obtained a broad understanding of how many different factors influence health status, and my personal and academic experiences have made me increasingly aware of my interest in public health. I’m particularly interested in the CHPR M.S. Program because of its emphasis on promoting health and wellness through education, advocacy, and behavior change.
Fun fact, I’m ambidextrous!
My name is Juliana Baratta, and I am from Rochester, NY. In June 2018, I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Cell Biology and a minor in Global Health. I worked at the Rochester General emergency room where I observed many patients with limited insight regarding their health problems, often due to language barriers. To aid communication, I designed and implemented ER Translation Cards with Spanish-English translation of common phrases, along with pictorial representations. In addition, in my undergraduate clinical research, I analyzed perioperative protocols and methods of improving patient education. As a CHPR student, I look forward to researching how health education and hospital efficiency may improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes. I am also passionate about maximizing healthcare delivery through better access to medical services, specifically among the indigent. One fun fact about me: I play alto saxophone in a jazz combo and in my pop band Life After Disco.
Andrea Nadosy Bunt
I graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Biological Anthropology and then from Harvard Business School with an MBA. After business school, I ran a company that designed and produced stylish tech accessories. In 2011, after the birth of my first child, my focus shifted entirely to the importance of prenatal and childhood health. I am thrilled to be matriculating in the CHPR M.S. program and am particularly excited about pursuing my interest in prenatal and childhood nutrition as well as exposures to certain environmental toxins.
Fun fact: I have three pet chickens. They spend most of their time roaming our backyard, but I have been known - much to my husband's (understandable) horror - to let them wander into our kitchen for a snack.
In 2012 I graduated from Stanford in the Human Biology program with a concentration in the psychology and philosophy of successful aging. Since then, I've spent a year teaching in Japan and five years working at Stanford as a HumBio Course Associate and as research staff on a number of initiatives funded by the Templeton foundations including The Human Person, Diverse Intelligences Institute, and The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, and Machines in the Age of Biotechnology. In the CHPR program I hope to continue building theoretical and practical frameworks for human flourishing and connect with others who are interested in the same. I've thrived in cooperative, communal living arrangements since 2008, and my current house in Los Gatos now encompasses two couples and two babies!
My name is Molly Fischer and I am a Biology major with a Notation in Science Communication (’18). While in undergrad at Stanford, I had the privilege of working in the Stanford Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab studying chronic pain in children and adolescents, which influenced my desire to work in healthcare at a community level. I am so excited to be a part of the CHPR program because I am interested in bringing ethical and equitable medicine to underserved communities. I’m really looking forward to learning more about public health through the interdisciplinary perspective that CHPR provides! Outside the classroom, I love dancing and am a member of a Stanford urban/hip-hop team, Common Origins, along with my CHPR classmate, Monique Nguyen.
I am a New Mexico native and a transplant to the Research Triangle in North Carolina. I graduated with a degree in chemistry and a minor in biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 and will matriculate at UNC School of Medicine in Fall of 2019. I developed my interest in health inequality in between college and graduate school when my work in a burn intensive care unit exposed me to the positive correlation between poverty and risk of extreme injury and disease. So, I deferred my admission to medical school to complete the CHPR program to acquire a broad understanding of how social factors impact health outcomes. I believe this knowledge will allow me to be more effective as a physician and an advocate for historically underserved populations. To maintain my own wellness, I can be found atop a mountain with my puppy, camera, and a snack or three.
My name is Trey Hale and I graduated from Stanford in June 2018 with a degree in International Relations with specializations in African Studies and Social Development and Human Wellbeing. During my junior and senior years, I interned with a community health organization in Cape Town, South Africa that provides home-based healthcare services. This experience peaked my interest in primary healthcare governance and administration, which I hope to further explore in the CHPR program. I hope to attend medical school in the coming years to become a pediatrician and I have a specific interest in promoting behavior change among parents to improve the health of their children. I have been singing, dancing and acting for most of my life and have performed on- and off-campus in a cappella, opera and musical theatre.
My name is Addison Himmelberger and I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a major in History and a minor in Chemistry. I have been attending medical school at the University of New Mexico since graduating and I am planning on entering a residency in Urology. I am taking a year off for the CHPR program because I want to take a different look at our health care system. I am excited to expand my knowledge about health equity and chronic disease prevention. I hope to use this information to become a better physician.
A fun fact about me: I am scuba certified.
My name is Vanna Hovanky, and I am from Austin, Texas. I graduated in June 2018 from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. As an undergraduate, I volunteered at Stanford Pacific Free Clinic. There, I served in a variety of roles: taking patient histories, managing electronic medical records, and processing lab samples. I am currently a pre-dental student interested in the intersection between community health and oral health. This interest was sparked by volunteering as a patient guide at a free dental care event involving thousands of patients, attending the Texas Oral Health Conference, and shadowing dentists in the community. I am excited to be in the CHPR program, learning new research skills which may help me better serve communities in my career path. A fun fact is that some of my highlights last year include learning introductory taiko drumming, social dance, and hula dance.
Cynthia (Cindy) Jung
My name is Cynthia (Cindy) Jung, and I was a Mathematics major at Wellesley College, Class of 2017. Since graduating, I have worked in biological cancer research and then in public health and high school education. I am now pursuing my interest in community health research, with a focus in global health, through the CHPR program. Having worked with multicultural communities, I am excited to study sociocultural effects, such as diet and beliefs, on cancer diagnosis and treatment in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as in minority, underserved populations. I am a huge advocate of health and educational justice!
One fun fact about me is I love spending time outdoors, such as running or hiking with my husky Mia!
Min Joo Kim
My name is Min Joo Kim, and I graduated from Pomona College where I majored in Molecular Biology. Since graduating, I have been conducting bench research on understanding how mitochondrial motility impairments are implicated in Parkinson's Disease. After having studied disease onset from a molecular perspective, I look forward to learning about how patterns of disparities in healthcare access and knowledge contribute to chronic health problems, and how to navigate these obstacles in prevention. A fun fact about myself is that I have a 3rd degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.
My name is Amy Li and I am from Canada. I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 with Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. My medical training allows me to see health challenges at the individual level and I am excited that through the CHPR M.S. Program, I will learn the skills to bring pockets of excellence to scale and build sustainable transformations in healthcare.
One fun fact about me: I love running and have completed 3 marathons.
My name is Ted Miclau and I graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a degree in Human Biology, and a concentration in Brain and Behavior. Throughout my undergraduate career, I developed a strong interest in issues of well-being and mental health disorders, particularly as they impact vulnerable communities. I have also worked on two separate research projects aimed at addressing barriers to clinical research in Latin America, which provided me with new insights into medicine in lower income countries. As an aspiring physician, I’m thrilled to join this year’s CHPR class as we learn to employ preventive medicine and community-based interventions to promote equity and access to health care.
One fun fact about me is that I used to perform in a Chinese Youth Circus.
I care about creating sustainable, inclusive environmental and social systems for health equity. I graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Science and Management with a sequence in Biotechnology and was a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar. My previous work in health care consulting, local government as a San Francisco Fellow, and health tech start-ups have developed my interest in the intersection of research and application for vulnerable populations. I currently investigate how consumer and health technology can improve prevention-focused healthcare at Stanford Health Policy and Medicine. Through the CHPR M.S. program I am excited to ask colleagues “How might we empower our communities to achieve better health outcomes?” and investigate potential interdisciplinary solutions together.
I love to travel and was on a radio show in Ecuador to discuss adolescent sexual health. Also, I am a member of Stanford’s urban/hip-hop team, Common Origins, with the fab Molly Fischer!
My name is Katie Plummer, and I am a Biomechanical Engineering major at Stanford (Spring 2019). I am planning to work in healthcare and know that the CHPR program will give me the knowledge and skills to be a much more effective healthcare provider. Within CHPR, I am particularly interested in women's health, especially maternal health, access to healthcare, and global health. I have seen the potential of prevention while working with Human Engineers, Inc., an organization that provides prosthetic care in the Philippines. Many of the amputees lost their legs as a result of Type II diabetes. Lifestyle changes might have saved their legs and, in many cases, their livelihoods. I am very excited to join the CHPR program to build on those experiences and engage more in community health. Away from Stanford, I love spending time outside, especially skiing, backpacking, and swimming in alpine lakes!
Hello! My name is Mark Sanders and I recently graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Biology and an Honors minor in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spring 2018).
I am incredibly excited to pursue a Master’s in CHPR so I can begin to learn the tools I need to drive change in the areas surrounding cardiovascular disease at the community level. I’m particularly interested in learning about the factors which may motivate or dissuade individuals from utilizing preventive medicine focused on heart health, as well as the development of community-based initiatives to increase access to care.
One fun fact about me: I’ve worked as an outdoor guide for the past 4 years, leading wilderness trips throughout much of the Western US and using skills learned from my upbringing in the small town of Eagle River, Alaska.
I am Irina Cristina Soviani and I hold a Bachelor's degree in business, as well as a MBA from University of California, Irvine. I have worked in decision analysis and strategic planning for life sciences for a decade before deciding to join the Master of Science Program in Community Health and Prevention Research at Stanford. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to the field of disease prevention, in particular to women's health and cancer prevention. One fact about me: I am a healthy eating enthusiast who also loves chocolate.
My name is Isi Umunna. I am a dual citizen of Nigeria and South Africa and an international student at Stanford. I am a Human Biology major at Stanford (Spring 2019) with a concentration on the impact of race, class, and gender on global health outcomes. For as long as I can remember I have had a keen interest in public health structures and the ways communities interact with them. I am looking forward to the Community Health and Prevention Research program because I am eager to learn more about more about how to apply systems thinking to build and advance health care systems that are inclusive, sustainable, and impact-orientated, particularly in the countries I have been fortunate enough to call my homes.
In my free time, I enjoy doing every and any activity that combines spending time with friends and family, with my love for food.
My name is Mauranda Upchurch, I am a Human Biology major with a concentration in Health and Health Policy and a minor in Urban Studies (Spring 2019). I am interested in the intersection of community/location, identity, health behavior, and long-term health outcomes. I plan to continue my investigation of these topics through my time in the CHPR Program and, later, into the larger fields of health policy and community health. I am excited to join CHPR to experience their holistic approach to addressing health needs and to learn more about the implementation of preventative health measures in community settings.
My name is Lauren Wegner and am I History major at Stanford University, class of 2018. I study the history of science and medicine and I eventually plan to attend medical school. I am particularly interested in sex and gender and how they interact to affect total health. I am looking forward to studying these topics—especially in the context of women’s health—through CHPR.
My name is Sophia Xiao, and I majored in Biology with honors at Stanford University, class of 2018. I'm interested in the CHPR program because I'm really passionate about public health, and I want to learn how to diminish health inequality and empower people to care for themselves. In my free time, I love immersing myself in art projects and graphic design work.
My name is Alexis Amano and I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2019 with degrees in Public Health and Biology. As an undergraduate, I developed a passion for social justice. My internships largely involved work with underserved populations, which exposed me to the health challenges that many in this demographic face. These experiences inspired me to devote my career to improving health equity.
As a part of the CHPR Program, I am excited to enhance my understanding of health care delivery systems and improve my ability to serve those in need.
My name is Enrique Cazares-Navarro, and I graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Biology (Spring 2018).
My personal life experiences have motivated me to endeavor in the field of geriatrics and led me to work with the New York City Department for the Aging in the Research and Clinical Services Unit. There, I helped translate and develop the evidence-based health and wellness game, "Age-Tastic!", for a group of Spanish-speaking, Latino, low-income seniors in the Bronx. This experience demonstrated to me how crucial it is for physicians to practice service-learning through community health practices that develop cultural awareness and competency. Sensitivity to cultural implications and the unique needs of individuals ensures a better approach to the holistic care of the patient, especially amongst underserved, Spanish-speaking populations. I hope to continue this research in the CHPR program and to implement it in my future medical practice.
Hey y’all! I am a recent graduate of Cornell University (’19) and received my B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Health. In the summer of 2018, I worked as a field intern for the Jane Goodall Institute in Bwindi National Park, Uganda to identify paths of disease transmission between village livestock, humans, and the endangered Gorilla beringei beringei. In the summer of 2019, I worked at an environmental engineering firm that focuses on biological wastewater treatment and membrane filtration technology. My research and academic experiences have allowed me to explore the intersections between human, wildlife and environmental health. I look forward to advancing my knowledge and research in this multi-disciplinary field as a CHPR student! Outside the classroom, you’ll find me hiking, camping, making documentaries, or knitting!
I graduated from Occidental College in 2012 with a B.A. in Biology. My primary passion during this time was marine ecology, which led me through several research projects on the impact of storm drain runoff in Santa Monica Bay. After graduation, I taught high school biology for 5 years at Phoenix Country Day School and Phillips Academy in Andover. I then worked to facilitate provider and patient education in -omics research and technology at the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic. In the CHPR program, I aim to combine my experiences in ecology and genomics by examining the impact of the environment on the genome. I am thrilled to join the Stanford community and look forward to learning from my peers and mentors!
My name is Julia DiTosto and I am from Princeton, NJ. I graduated from Stanford in June 2019 with a BS in Human Biology with a focus in women’s reproductive health and was a three-year varsity athlete on the field hockey team. I am extremely interested in social issues stemming from health inequalities, particularly those pertaining to women’s health. For my senior synthesis project, I conducted an electronic survey on undergraduate contraceptive use and preference. A fun fact about me is that I have my advanced scuba certification!
My name is Ashlyn Gary, and I graduated from Stanford, where I majored in Human Biology, researched neurodegenerative diseases, and screened patients for social needs in the emergency department. Knocking out genes in zebrafish and investigating glial cells, I discovered a curiosity for unraveling the molecular events that drive disease pathology. Integrating translational research and community health work experiences, I've explored a wide spectrum of themes that have diversified my understanding of what it means to be human. I’m thrilled to join this year’s CHPR class where I can continue exploring how health is prioritized, experienced, and understood across diverse communities. Through this program, I hope to integrate my passions in neuropsychiatry, biotechnology, and community health to advance health care systems that are inclusive, impactful, and committed to helping diverse communities achieve better health outcomes.
I received my BA in Social Welfare with Departmental Honors in 2016 from UC Berkeley. My honors thesis explored a critique of common drug-education programs and the ways in which these programs further marginalized at-risk youth through shame appeals and lack of trauma awareness.
Since then, I have worked with the Oakland Unified School District where I have designed and implemented district-wide education, intervention, and prevention programs that reduce drug-related harm and promote health equity for at-risk youth. Building on my experiences in the community, I aim to expand my research on the role of sociocultural and environmental factors in impacting behaviors related to youth drug use and abuse. I hope to disseminate this research through the creation of trauma-informed harm-reduction programs that support well-being for at-risk youth and, ultimately, to design interventions and inform public policy that impact systemic change.
Aloha! I'm so grateful to be in the CHPR Master's Program here at Stanford, pursuing another avenue to support kuʻu lāhui Hawaiʻi (my Hawaiian nation). I hope to use my BA in Psych, an MS CHPR, and (if I'm lucky) an MD/PhD, to shape a new health system in Hawaiʻi that better serves my people.
While I'm away from home pursuing my dreams, I try my best to stay connected to my cultures while up on the continent for school (and have fun while doing it). For me, that means hanging out with other Asian and/or Native students, enjoying Japanese and Hawaiian media, and continuing to do various forms of Polynesian dance.
Fun fact: I once almost grabbed a giant manta ray by accident when I was swimming because I thought it was a trashbag floating around. Luckily, I noticed before it was too late!
My name is Tiffany Jow and I graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. During undergrad, I was a clinical volunteer for the Knights Landing One Health Center, which serves the rural agricultural community of Knights Landing and uses the One Health model, which links human, animal, and environmental health, to address the health of the community. I was an undergraduate researcher for the Knights Landing Environmental Health Project focused on investigating the environmental disparities in the community by using a community centered approach. I hope to become a public health physician because I not only want to treat the biological systems of the body, but also the environmental, political, and social systems that impact health. As a CHPR student, I am excited to deepen and refine my passion for community health and interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the health of communities.
My name is Mariko Kelly and I am a Human Biology major with a concentration in the Interaction of Food and Public Health (’19). As an undergraduate at Stanford, I had the privilege of working with different communities, including Dr. Gardner’s Food and Farm Camp, where I researched the influence of food description on children’s eating behavior. These experiences sparked my interest innovating our healthcare system by promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors which can prevent chronic diseases. I am very excited to join the CHPR program and to learn more about practices and models which emphasize prevention and wellness in order to create a more sustainable and equitable healthcare community.
A fun fact about me is that one of my favorite places in the world is in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, near a small town called Elkins!
My name is Alexandra Kennedy and I graduated from University of San Francisco in December 2019 with a degree in Business Management.
I have been volunteering in the San Mateo County jail since 2016, creating curriculum and facilitating classes for incarcerated women. My classes focus on health, making better choices (and how, exactly, to do that), and healing as it supports growth. While at USF, I realized that as much as I love all things business, I wanted to reach more incarcerated people, so I began volunteering in Hillcrest juvenile hall in Belmont. I have been working with the teenaged girls there for over a year. I am also on a subcommittee of the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, our main purpose being to advocate for longer treatment episodes and a wider variety of treatment options to be available for people with substance use disorder.
I am thrilled to be in this program where I can study epidemiology. I am fascinated by preventable diseases and those that can be arrested. Beyond school and volunteering, you'll find me spending time with my son, planning our next family trip, and exercising.
My mission is to contribute to socio-culturally sustainable innovation for health and social equity. I graduated from UC San Diego in 2018 with degrees in Global Health and Molecular Biology, and minored in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. During college, I started a design for social innovation student organization, helped create a health education video game for kids, and studied abroad in India where I worked with an NGO that’s empowering adolescent girls and their communities.
Since then, I’ve pursued my passions of gender equity, human-centered technology, and participatory design by working on a digital health intervention for menopausal women. I love interdisciplinary work, and I’m excited to explore big questions with my CHPR peers like, “how can we leverage systems thinking and human-centered design within the field of community health?”
Beyond school, you’ll find me in the Redwoods, scoping out surf spots, and punching it out at a local boxing gym.
I received my BS in microbiology and a minor in law and social change in 2017 from the University of Michigan. During my undergraduate career, I completed an internship with the National Institute on Drug Abuse where I examined how sexual and physical police violence toward people who inject drugs (PWID) impedes access to HIV prevention and treatment services in my native Ukraine. After graduation, I completed a fellowship with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and later worked at the University of Michigan on the domestic HIV and opioid epidemics. I am passionate about exploring issues in immigrant healthcare, including the high burden of chronic diseases and the lack of reproductive health services for pregnant immigrant women. Through CHPR’s unique curriculum, I hope to gain tools needed to evaluate, conduct, and implement research that drives change within underserved communities.
My name is Linette Kwon and I majored in experimental psychology at Wellesley College, class of 2019. I am interested in mental health, particularly within young adults and how we can make solutions more accessible in the community. Having come from a women’s college, I also took an interest in women’s health, and its significant impact on family/child health as well. One of my favorite courses in college was research methods. Therefore, I am really excited to join the CHPR program because it’ll allow me to merge all of my interests together to learn more about preventive health. One fun fact about me is that I keep a turtle doll with me that I’ve had since I was four years old!
My name is Joanna Langner and I graduated from Stanford in Spring, 2019 from the Human Biology Program with a concentration in cancer and infectious disease. During my undergrad I volunteered at Pacific Free Clinic as a health educator and preclinical assistant which sparked my interest in learning more about community health. I also worked in radiology for the past two years, using MRI to look at hip health in athletes who tread water. Overall, I am excited to learn more about women’s health and health disparities among underserved, diverse populations, as well as gain some hands-on experience. I hope to attend medical school next fall, and I think CHPR will be an important addition to my path into medicine.
Fun Fact: I love listening to true crime podcasts and swam on the synchronized swimming team during undergrad.
I graduated from Brandeis University in 2018 with a BS in Biology and Biochemistry. I was a two-sport collegiate athlete, competing on both the women’s volleyball and track and field teams. With my background in athletics, I became interested in health and nutrition, particularly in young children. During college, I worked as a research intern for a clinical trial that examined the outcomes of a community-based, family-centered, intervention program to prevent obesity in pre-school aged Latino children. After graduation, I lived in Peru for several months, serving as a medical volunteer. My time in Peru furthered my interest in health and nutrition research. I am most interested in researching how the access to both healthy food and affordable exercise options can impact the health of a community.
A fun fact about myself is that I fell in love with ultimate frisbee during my time in Peru, where I would attend weekly pick-up beach games with a group of Venezuelan immigrants.
My name is Ann Nguyen and I am a Biology major with a concentration in Neurobiology at Stanford University (Spring 2020). My personal experiences with eczema, food allergies, lactose intolerance, and diabetes in my family have driven me to become very interested in the relationship between nutrition and chronic health issues. Through my time in the CHPR Program, I am looking forward to learning more about the importance of nutrition in treating and preventing disease. I surely hope to carry that understanding into medical school and beyond. I am also involved in various Asian American student organizations on campus and would love to apply the culturally appropriate knowledge and skills I gain from CHPR to give back to the community.
A fun fact about me: There is a special place in my heart (and stomach) for exotic fruits, from durian to rambutan. If you happen to have your hands on one I have not tried, please send it my way!
My name is Anjali Wignarajah and I graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience and a minor in music. After being a medical scribe, volunteering at free clinics, and shadowing at hospitals, I became fascinated by the myriad of external factors affecting patient health. I’m excited to pursue a master’s in CHPR so that I can develop a stronger understanding of the socioeconomic patterns and problems affecting certain communities and eventually use this knowledge to be an effective advocate. I hope to work in health policy and dedicate my career towards improving healthcare overall in this country; the CHPR program will help ensure that I have the necessary background to do so. I’m particularly passionate about women’s health and health disparities among medically underserved populations.
Fun facts: I was involved with competitive collegiate a cappella throughout undergrad and I know how to drive a tractor!
Hello, I’m Natalie. I was born and raised in Singapore, and went to Duke for undergrad. There, I had the privilege of creating my own interdisciplinary major entitled “Cognitive Science in Innovation and Society”. Through my coursework in neuroscience, computer science, public policy and anthropology, I became interested in the application of cognitive science principles and digital technology in healthcare. In particular, I started studying healthcare innovation ecosystems in China, India, Singapore, and the US to examine the impacts of funding, regulation and entrepreneurial education on successful commercialisation of digital health. However, for all the important dynamics that influence healthcare service delivery on the systems level, it seemed that the individual was sometimes lost in all that complexity. I am keen to transition to a more patient-centric approach that is sensitive to specific barriers and facilitators in local settings through the CHPR program, so I can help design more impactful interventions for health.
My name is Grace Achepohl (she/her) and I graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a BA in Human Biology. During my undergraduate education, I had the privilege of investigating cultural determinants of healthcare decision-making. From controversies in women’s health to sexual diversity and function to ethics of healthcare, I am passionate about investigating the complexities of health in order to gain a more robust understanding of human nature. I’m excited to join this year’s CHPR class where I hope to gain critical skills necessary in researching scientific phenomena and communicating findings to a lay audience. Ultimately, I hope to use these skills to take a macro look at the healthcare system. Outside of my studies, I am passionate about faith, with a specific interest in interfaith dialogue, and student activism. I am currently serving as a representative on the Graduate Student Council at Stanford!
Hi everyone! My name is Amy Bugwadia (she/her/hers), and I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Spring of 2020, with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Disability Studies. As an undergraduate, I studied inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from both a micro- and macroscopic perspective, conducting research at a wet lab while also serving on the collegiate council of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. I was also heavily involved in UCLA’s Disability Studies program and Residential Life department. Each of these experiences have shown me firsthand the importance of education, support, and advocacy through the life course.
I am extremely passionate about integrating disability studies and justice frameworks into the healthcare field, and I am thrilled to continue learning and growing through the CHPR program, in the pursuit of an accessible, supportive, and equitable future for young adults with chronic illnesses!
I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2020, receiving my B.S. in Psychology and Public Health. I found a passion at SCU for cross-cultural research, focusing on projects examining cultural differences in mental health, trauma, and emotion, as well as developing evidence-based mental health management resources for SCU. I delved further into my work on mental health with SCU’s Global Social Benefit Fellowship, where I was partnered with the social enterprise KadAfrica, based out of Uganda, to create an evidence-based mental health management curriculum for refugees and out-of-school girls.
I’m passionate about doing research on sexual violence and its health outcomes in marginalized populations, starting with Native American communities. The CHPR program will prepare me to examine what perpetuates violence and to use my research to create bottom-up policy, healthcare, and community interventions to reduce violence and its health detriments- such as injury, mental health, and substance abuse issues.
My name is Shweta Chawla and I graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a degree in biology. During college, I volunteered in domestic abuse shelters, homeless shelters, and on the streets of Los Angeles to better understand the difficulties that local populations face in accessing adequate medical care. I also worked in a research laboratory studying biomarkers for depression, which emphasized how diseases can often have both physical and psychological symptoms and are influenced by various factors in individuals' lives.
I am excited to return to the Bay Area and both apply and expand upon my knowledge when working with the communities that I grew up near. Through CHPR’s interdisciplinary lens, I hope to further learn about social determinants of health and incorporate this understanding into effective solutions for community health problems.
A fun fact: I love to hike and have a list of 100+ trails I want to complete!
My name is Jose Condor. I graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a BS in Biological Sciences. During college, I volunteered at the student-run Imani Clinic, a free medical clinic that serves the impoverished community of Oak Park in Sacramento. While there, I co-founded a legal clinic that provides free counsel to patients and community members in an effort to reduce social determinants of health. At the Center for Transnational Health, I worked on a childhood-obesity research study in which I learned about community-based interventions and participatory research. As an aspiring physician, I am excited to join the CHPR program, wherein I plan to enhance my statistical skills and learn innovative methods to reduce health inequities.
My name is Shreya Desai, and I graduated from the University of Houston in 2020 with degrees in Psychology and Biology. During my undergraduate career, I discovered an interest in health disparities research. In 2018, I joined the UHAND Fellowship program, a joint program between the University of Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center. During my time in the program, I engaged in health disparities and cancer prevention research. I also served as an intern for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Houston, where I learned the value of community engagement. I am grateful to be in the CHPR Master’s Program as I will be able to dive into my passion of achieving health equity and deepen my knowledge in community health.
A fun fact about myself is that I love to travel. My most recent adventures include skiing in the Swiss Alps and being on a safari in South Africa!
Hi all! I'm Cathy, and I was a Human Biology undergraduate major with a concentration in Disability and Child Development. I'm interested in the history and present of psychiatric practice, and how community-based approaches can broaden definitions of care and support. I'm particularly interested in the ways that people narrativize their own experiences -- as patients, as neurodivergent/disabled individuals, as members of broader communities -- and what those stories can teach practitioners.
After spending two years in neurobiology research, I began working with the Stanford Neurodiversity Project to develop a summer camp centered around neurodiversity advocacy for high school students. Moving forward, I'm looking forward to learning more about community-based and participatory research frameworks. I hope to eventually go on to an MD/PhD (if I'm very lucky!) and work on transforming approaches to eating disorder care.
My name is Redeat and I graduated from undergrad at Stanford with a Human Biology major - Public Health in Africa concentration, as well as a Global Studies minor with an African Studies track. I see myself working in the public health sector building better health systems and hope to create a continental network of health care activists who advocate for reforms that broaden medical care accesses and services. Besides that, I would like to work on various women empowerment projects all over the African continent. I am super excited to be part of the CHPR program which will equip me with the necessary skills to make the contribution I envision, while expanding my views of the world. Apart from my academic pursuits, I enjoy outdoor activities, travelling, frequenting the cinema and hanging out with loved ones.
I graduated from Stanford in 2019 with a B.A. in English, and I am constantly learning from and inspired by the diverse stories and historical narratives that the human body encapsulates. In 2016, I became a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteered with Stanford Emergency Medical Services for three years. It was through being an EMT and shadowing in several Emergency Departments that I began to witness how complex social factors affect an individual’s health and how often the Emergency Department serves as a social safety net. After graduation, I completed a 10-month Fulbright Research project in the Emergency Department of Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal, where I worked with local leaders and stakeholders to design and implement the first Nepal-specific Emergency Medical Dispatcher training program. I am excited to spend this year focusing on fall prevention among older adults for my internship and thesis.
My name is Amanda Koong and I am graduating from Stanford in 2021, with a B.S. in biology. During my time at Stanford, I have been lucky enough to engage in cancer research through the medical school, specifically focusing on how various cancer therapies adversely affect the elderly population. During my studies with CHPR, I look forward to expanding my comprehension of the health care system and harnessing this knowledge to best serve communities in need. These endeavors feel more urgent than ever in the wake of both the global pandemic and national protests for racial justice.
A fun fact about me is that I recently studied abroad in Australia and spent two weeks living on an island off the Great Barrier Reef!
Hello! I graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology, with a concentration in Developmental and Behavioral Neurobiology. Fun fact- I’m from the Bay Area, born and raised just a couple miles from Stanford! As an undergrad, I completed an Honors Thesis in conjunction with the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics team, examining speech in the NICU and its associations with white matter development and physical growth in premature infants. I’ve worked with this research group for the last 2 years, developing an interest in pediatric health and vulnerable populations. During my time in college, I also worked extensively with veterans in long-term care facilities at various VA hospitals, which was a great view into the world of geriatric care and issues surrounding aging. From the tiniest of babies to the oldest of adults, I love working with people.
I’m excited to be a part of CHPR’s newest class. I hope to one day use my knowledge to promote healthy living, healthy aging, and healthy thinking- whether it’s among my family, my friends, my community, or patient populations.
My name is Aimee Lansdale and I was born and raised in Honduras and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina when I was 16. I received my BA in Global Health from Duke University with a concentration in obesity and nutrition in 2017. After graduating, I worked at an international development organization managing and implementing projects in Guatemala and Mozambique. Most recently and continuing during my studies at Stanford, I am working at Mathematica, where I help conduct research and evaluations for social-impact projects focused on health, teen pregnancy prevention, and nutrition. I am excited to build upon my knowledge and research skills with the multidisciplinary CHPR program. Outside of class I love to travel and explore new places. On my last big trip, I spent an amazing couple of weeks in Namibia, Mozambique, and South Africa. I’m excited to explore California!
My name is Jacie Lemos, and I am graduating from Stanford in fall 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology. I have two concentrations – human performance and bioethics. This has allowed me to dive into the psychological and physiological mechanisms behind all of our actions, while simultaneously exploring ethical dilemmas faced in healthcare systems. I am interested in how psychosocial factors contribute to health outcomes, which led me to work in the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Laboratory as a research assistant this past year. I also am interested in athletics and sports medicine – I am on the women’s lacrosse team at Stanford and truly believe in the power of sports and physical activity. I am from Rye, NH, and I love hiking, the beach, and coffee.
Hi, I'm Giselle! I graduated from Menlo College, where I culminated my undergraduate psychology degree in a thesis on the relationship between childhood trauma and dissociation. My thesis was informed by my work as a research assistant with the trauma group at the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. I am especially drawn to the interaction between mental health and physical illness and how health care practitioners can better integrate the two. I am incredibly grateful to be part of the CHPR program and plan to use the skills I gain throughout my time here to help the Latino community destigmatize sickness through health education. In my free time, you can find me writing or playing music with my alt-rock salsa band, Katch.
In 2003 my family and I immigrated from Cuba to Portland, Oregon – a place vastly different from everything we knew. Growing up I witnessed first-hand how health care systems were flawed at a systemic level. Therefore, driven by my personal experiences I pursued a BA in Human Biology with a concentration in Children Health Policies in Marginalized Communities during my undergraduate career.
As I learned more about how injustices were perpetuated on historically excluded communities, I made a commitment to support and care for underserved populations in the United States and abroad. Moreover, I adopted a holistic definition of health, understanding the numerous factors impacting community and individual wellbeing. Through the CHPR program I look forward to advancing health care equity and contributing to supporting marginalized communities and individuals. In the future, I want to craft more inclusive, responsive, and preventative programs rooted in social justice and wellbeing.
Lance Nelson, MD
I'm a Midwest transplant enjoying the California weather and everything the Bay Area has to offer! Grew up on a farm in rural Illinois before attending Purdue University for my Bachelor's. After college, I participated in Teach For America, where I taught high school biology and chemistry for two years. After TFA, I attended medical school at Michigan State University. After medical school, I completed my pediatric residency at The University of Iowa. I'm currently an Adolescent Medicine Fellow here at Stanford and optimizing my time by simultaneously pursuing a degree in Community Health and Prevention Research! Look forward to enhancing my research skills and learning more about application of research findings to vulnerable patient populations.
Hi, my name is Haley O’Brien and I graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a BA in Human Biology focusing on public health and health policy. Fun fact about me is that I’m from a small town in rural Alaska only accessible by plane. My interests lie in public and environmental health, health policy, and health disparities in underserved communities. I am specifically interested in improving household environmental conditions that negatively impact the health of these underserved communities. I'm excited to further explore these interests during my time in the CHPR program!
Hi! My name is Aubrey Roberts, and I recently graduated from Northwestern University (’20) with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Science in Human Culture. I competed on Northwestern’s women’s cross country and track team, and I’m very interested in exploring physical activity as a tool to promote mental health and mitigate chronic disease. As an undergraduate, I enjoyed working with Feinberg School of Medicine’s Exercise and Health Lab to implement a 6-month physical activity intervention for breast cancer survivors. I also have research experience in exercise physiology, and I’m currently working with Stanford’s Healthcare Innovation Lab to use wearables—like my cool Garmin running watch—to promote early detection of infectious diseases in the community. I’m excited to be part of the CHPR master’s program, and I hope to learn more about promoting behavioral interventions related to physical activity.
Fun fact: I’m running on Stanford’s cross country/track team this year!
My name is Alyssa Rodriguez and I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Human Biology (minor in Classical Studies) in the Spring of 2020. Previously, I participated in the Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians program at the Stanford School of Medicine, where I completed a health outreach project which targeted the low income, impoverished geriatric community in Santa Cruz. During the summer of 2019, I conducted research at the Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, specifically working on the NIH’s All of Us Research Program, a national precision health initiative. My research and patient outreach experiences have allowed me to explore the intersections between health, technology, and communities. I am thrilled to be apart of the Stanford community and am eager to continue learning and advancing my research skills as a CHPR student. Also, a fun fact about me is that I love to ski!
My name is Dilanaz Unal and I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I graduated from Duke University in May 2020 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology.
Throughout my undergraduate years, I developed a passion for public health and wanted to explore how neurological and psychological diseases are affected by various lifestyle factors. I am thrilled to join the CHPR Master’s program at Stanford as I can integrate my interests and background in neuroscience, psychology, public health and research to address issues in the democratization of healthcare resources and promotion of health equity. I am excited to further my education focusing on prevention research and take part in developing efficient and sustainable models of health and well-being in communities.
I graduated from UCLA in 2020, majoring in Economics and Cognitive Science with a specialization in computing. I researched in judgement under uncertainty, specifically the difference between experience-based decision making and description-based decision making.
On the career side, after ~1000 hours in physical therapy, I explored management consulting and private equity for two years. I am passionate about commercialization of prevention research (eg. health nudges) and different stakeholders’ value alignment in the healthcare system.
I look forward to meeting likeminded individuals from the program and working on public-private partnership projects in prevention.