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.

Juliana Baratta

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.

Steven Crane

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!

Molly Fischer

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.

Sheryl Fuehrer

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.

Trey Hale

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. 

Addison Himmelberger

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. 

Vanna Hovanky

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.

Amy Li

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.

Ted Miclau

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.

Monique Nguyen

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!

Katie Plummer

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!

Mark Sanders

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.

Irina Soviani

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.

Isi Umunna

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.

Mauranda Upchurch

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. 

Lauren Wegner

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.

Sophia Xiao

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.