Current CHPR Master's Students

Jasmyn Burdsall

I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and Public Health. My passion for global research started at SCU, where I led studies examining cultural differences in mental health and emotional trauma. I used this research to develop mental health resources for SCU students, and as a part of SCU’s Global Social Benefit Fellowship. As a fellow, I conducted research in Uganda to create a culturally-competent trauma intervention for refugees, a program I’m currently scaling to be used by social organizations globally.

My mission is to conduct research to develop community-based, high impact solutions to systematically reduce sexual violence and its health consequences in Indigenous and other marginalized communities. The CHPR program will prepare me to examine what perpetuates violence and use research to create bottom-up policy, healthcare, and community interventions to reduce violence and its impact on women’s health. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, I am excited to integrate multidisciplinary, holistic approaches that will advance my research in the CHPR program and with the global communities I intend to serve.

Victoria Franco

My name is Victoria (she/her) and I graduated from Stanford University in 2021 with a BA in Psychology, health and development track with honors, and a BA in Spanish. My interests lie at the intersection of neuroscience, clinical psychology, and community intervention strategies to effectively prevent and treat eating pathology. I am dedicated to increasing access to mental healthcare and raising eating disorder awareness, particularly in marginalized groups who are often overlooked and excluded from eating disorder treatment. During my undergraduate career at Stanford, I had the opportunity to work as a peer leader for eating disorder prevention groups and study the neural correlates of eating disorders in the Department of Psychiatry for my honors thesis. Through the CHPR program, I hope to identify and produce evidence-based treatment and proven techniques for the prevention of eating pathology, particularly in Hispanic females. 

Among other things, I love exploring culture and history through food, trying new recipes and food photography!

Kelly Garvey

My name is Kelly Garvey (she/her) and I graduated from University of California Santa Barbara in 2020 with degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a certificate in the Medical Humanities. Volunteering with Doctors Without Walls Santa Barbara Street Medicine during undergrad allowed me to understand how lack of access to basic resources and medical care impacts health outcomes of those experiencing homelessness. My thesis examined how existing social inequities in power and wealth hinder collaborative governance processes in disadvantaged communities to impact long term human and environmental health outcomes. My recent research with the UCSB Healthy Beverage Initiative motivates me to increase awareness about the health, environmental, and social justice impacts of beverage environments. These experiences bolster my passion to pursue this Masters and eventually a PhD focused on addressing the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes in underserved communities here in California. 

Fun Fact: I’m rowing for the Stanford Women’s Crew this year!

Omar Gomez

Hi everyone! My name is Omar and I graduated from Stanford in 2021 with a B.S. in Human Biology, with a focus in cancer and children’s health. I'm heavily interested in topics surrounding health equity/liberation, medicine, abolition, (im)migrant health, and upstream health interventions that are community led/driven. My lived and academic experiences have led me to make a commitment to communities that encounter health inequities, specifically youth. Through CHPR, I hope to continue learning, exploring, and take action about the ways in which policing affects youth and their overall health outcomes. I hope to become a physician who is equipped with the methodological and academic tools from the CHPR program to measure effectiveness of interventions and conduct my own in the future. Outside of academics, I absolutely love coffee, outside adventures, listening to stories and music, and overall creating memories! I look forward to building and creating space with everyone!

Chanae Hardamon

I graduated from UCSD with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and a master’s in Biology. I am a 4th-year medical student at UCLA with interests in vulnerable populations, adapting policy, and identifying key bottlenecks that would allow for sustainable large-scale change in healthcare. I am excited to be taking the next year to pair my medical training with a CHPR MS degree because of the interdisciplinary perspective the program provides to target disease and problems in healthcare. Through startup engagement, research, medicine, and community partnerships, I have formed an appreciation of improving health both at an individual and population level. I aspire to become an expert who works to form bridges between medicine, health innovation, and communities with the goal of reducing barriers to care, preventing avertable disease, and enabling the health of vulnerable populations. I look forward to continuing this journey as part of the CHPR program.

Riley Jackson

I graduated from Stanford in 2021 with a B.S. in Human Biology with a concentration in the Cellular and Societal Implications of Neurobiological Disorders and a minor in Creative Writing. As an undergraduate, I enjoyed studying the intersection of neuroscience, medicine, and public health. Outside of the classroom, I was a member of a developmental psychology lab, volunteered at one of Stanford’s free clinics, facilitated a peer support group for people with brain injuries, and published an annual literary magazine featuring the work of middle schoolers. As a part of the CHPR program, I am looking forward to learning how to improve the health care that diverse patient populations receive. 

Fun fact: I studied abroad in Paris in 2020, right before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yuning Liu

Hi, my name is Yuning, and I graduated from UC Davis in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition. Last year, I moved to Chicago and completed my dietetic Internship there. While cultivating professional dietetic skills, I also worked extensively with underserved populations that have limited access to healthcare and nutrition knowledge, and have witnessed how health disparity hinders treatment outcomes. Now as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am thrilled to start my new journey with CHPR to enhance my research skill and hopefully delve deeper into Nutritional Epidemiology later on. My interest is about utilizing diet and nutrition interventions for disease management and prevention purposes and to work with vulnerable populations like postpartum mothers and underserved communities to reduce their exposure to chronic disease. 

Fun Fact: I love weird fruits like Durian and also love roller roasters so if you also enjoy those, we are going to be best friends.

Alyssa Jerome

My name is Alyssa Jerome and I graduated from Stanford in 2021 with a B.S. in Human Biology, concentrating in the Implications of Policy and Biology on Disease. I also minored in Ethics and Society. My interests lie in the functioning of healthcare systems, primarily focusing on how underserved communities interact with healthcare. This interest lead me to a research assistant role in a Stanford HARTS Lab study last year that aimed to understand the effectiveness of digital weight loss tools for minority populations. Additionally, I am very passionate about physical activity and sport. I am a member of the Stanford Women’s Basketball team and have represented Canada in numerous international basketball tournaments. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, eating yummy food, and hanging out with my dog.

Zoe King

My name is Zoe King (she/her) and I graduated from Duke University in 2021. At Duke, I designed my own major focusing on implementation science in the healthcare field. During my first year of college, I worked on a project advocating against the use of shackles for pregnant incarcerated individuals, and since then I have aimed to center my studies around incarceration, reproductive health, and substance use. Outside of college, I volunteered as a doula in Durham, North Carolina, with the hope of eventually learning more about incorporating doula care into carceral settings.

I am excited to be a part of the CHPR program to not only learn more about healthcare in carceral settings, but to also learn more about different fields in community health research. A fun fact about myself is that I am originally from Australia and grew up with a lot of kangaroos around!

John Layton

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a B.A. in political science. Since then, I have developed a focus on LGBT health and preventive care through my time volunteering at the Gay Men’s Health Collective at the Berkeley Free Clinic, as well as through my research experiences at UCSF. Serving members of the LGBT community who are seeking care for acute and chronic diseases has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But it has also underscored the extent to which certain health disparities exist and require intervention. Tobacco use, for example, is significantly higher in the LGBT community. Working with investigators at UCSF who sought to mitigate this disparity, I coordinated a pilot clinical trial to evaluate a novel smoking cessation intervention for LGBT smokers. Looking forward, I aspire to continue this work as both a physician and a PI. 

Vered Lev

My name is Vered, and I'm a certified health coach and personal trainer specializing in chronic disease prevention through fitness and nutrition, mental health promotion, and behavioral change. My bachelor’s degree is in Marketing Management with a minor in Communications, and I completed my health certifications at the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  

I believe that the measurement of health goes far beyond the data we focus on today. A sense of personal fulfillment, belonging to a community, and positive thoughts and beliefs all have a major role in the complex makeup of our health. I am excited about the opportunity to widen my lens beyond individual health, better understand broader systemic health issues in the US, and contribute to the development of innovative health initiatives to prevent these issues.

To maintain my own wellbeing, I hike, meditate, and don’t give up on occasional ice cream.

Noah (NJ) Magbual

My name is Noah Magbual (he/him/his), but most people call me NJ. I graduated from Stanford in 2021 with a B.A. in Human Biology, where I explored the impacts of health and social policy on health outcomes. Beyond my academic career, I’ve researched biomaterials through Stanford’s ChEM-H program, volunteered in a free clinic, and interned at a nonprofit that advocated for AAPI health equity. Through these experiences I’ve gained a fuller perspective of our healthcare system and the inequities that many communities continue to face.  

Growing up in Maui, Hawaiʻi, I’ve learned the importance of community well-being and returning agency to those most vulnerable. Through CHPR I hope to acquire the tools to mitigate health disparities for the communities I’m a part of and explore ways of making our healthcare system more accessible for all. Outside of school I love dancing, watching anime, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee!

Julia Pangalangan

Hi! My name is Julia Pangalangan and I studied psychology and nutrition at Miami University. For my undergraduate thesis, I conducted a research study on the connection between physical activity and happiness. I also volunteered in various healthcare settings both locally and abroad, which brought to light the need for preventative health interventions among underserved communities.

Wellness is a multidimensional construct, and every person deserves the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle. As a Health Coach and Personal Trainer, I help individuals implement sustainable behaviors to improve their well-being. Through CHPR, I hope to expand my knowledge to better serve entire communities. I look forward to integrating my previous experiences with my studies at Stanford to promote holistic wellness and reduce chronic disease.

Fun Fact: I have a golden retriever named Pal!

Caroline Pecos-Duarte

My name is Caroline Pecos-Duarte and I graduated from Stanford in 2021 with a BS in Human Biology concentrating in Community Health and Chronic Disease. I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but also spent a significant amount of time on the Jemez Pueblo reservation where my maternal family is from. I grew up living between two worlds. One is a large urban center that is littered with accessibility and opportunity while the other is rural with few paved roads, yet has formed my identity and is filled with centuries old traditions and culture. My interests are motivated by the health inequities among Native Americans caused by high rates of disease caused by genetic, social, and environmental factors. I am excited to be a part of the CHPR program and further my education and acquire the necessary skills to give back to my community and the broader Native community.

Juan Ruiz Malagon

Hello everyone, my name is Juan! I received my undergraduate degree at UC Davis and recently completed a Master of Arts in Global Health at the University of California, San Diego. I am originally from Mexico and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. Growing up in a low-income community, I witnessed the negative effects that health and social injustices had on my community, especially the Latinx community. As a first-generation student, I am preparing for a future path committed to addressing the injustices that create negative health outcomes for BIPOC communities. I previously interned in Clinica Tepati; Clínica Tepati provides basic healthcare services and health education to the underserved Latinx community. I also served as a Research Coordinator for the Mental Health Advocacy Group under the Knights Landing Environmental Health Project. My clinical and research experience have allowed me to gain greater awareness and knowledge about the systemic injustices minoritized groups face. I am humbled to be part of the CHPR Program where I will continue to advocate for social and health justice.


Rishabh Shah

My name is Rishabh Shah (he/him/his), and I graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a B.S. in Psychobiology. I conducted inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research and clinical research in the Emergency Department during my undergraduate education. Research investigations through these opportunities allowed me to grasp how mental and emotional health are inextricably linked with disease outcomes. I further explored this concept during the COVID-19 pandemic as I directed music therapy sessions for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Although not considered a clinical medication, music was a medium to address emotional and mental health that were accentuated by heightened feelings of loneliness and isolation among the elderly.  

As I have come to appreciate how individualized healthcare should be for patients, I am committed to use CHPR as a platform to learn how to create tailored solutions for aging communities with an emphasis on personal wellbeing.

Omar Shalakhti

Hello! My name is Omar, and I graduated from UC San Diego this past spring with a B.S. in Global Health and a minor in biology. During my time at UCSD, I was heavily involved with the School of Medicine’s student-run free clinic in Tijuana’s red light district. At HFiT, I served numerous vulnerable and minority patient populations and worked with promotoras and community members to improve the health of our patients. On the U.S. side of the border, I served as an interpreter at a free clinic that enabled me to truly comprehend the magnitude of social factors and their impact on health. My clinical experiences galvanized my interest in minority populations access to research and assisted Dr. Victoria Ojeda and Dr. Luis Burgos on various community-based participatory research projects. Through CHPR, I hope to become involved in both research and clinical experiences focused on community-led chronic disease prevention that target medically underserved communities and address health inequities in the Bay Area.  

Outside the classroom, I love to play basketball and squash and spend a lot of my time outdoors either reading, kayaking, or running!

Hannah Shelby

My name is Hannah Shelby, and I am graduating from Stanford in 2022 with a B.S. in Biology. I have lived in the Bay Area for most of my life and am dedicated to working with the community around me. I have spent many years since high school volunteering and teaching students in underprivileged areas and have seen the value of healthy eating programs and health education. Furthermore, I am deeply interested in the dynamics behind providing equitable access to medical care. The pandemic has really illuminated how much more work needs to be done, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to engage further with this topic. Through the CHPR program, I hope to learn more about how I can actively play a role in my community and contribute to the world around me. Also, on a personal note, I love hiking with my dog, yoga, and swimming!

Stav Spinzi

Hi everyone! My name is Stav Spinzi and I will be graduating from Stanford with a BS in Bioengineering and a minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. I am passionate about promoting women’s health and exploring the intersection of pediatric health and nutrition. For my senior capstone project, I explored better ways to facilitate breastfeeding for women in low-to-middle income countries. Additionally, my time as a math and English tutor has sparked my interest in promoting prevention through teaching, so I became a volunteer educator to help raise breast cancer awareness in my local community. I am thrilled to join the CHPR program and expand my understanding of health promotion in a way that is inclusive and impactful.

A fun fact about me is that I backpacked through South America for half a year. 

Whitney Watts

I graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a BA in Recreation Therapy and minor in Psychology. I worked five years in community parks and recreation and inpatient rehab before deciding to spend more time raising my family and promoting health and wellness as a fitness professional.

I am a passionate advocate for active lifestyles among children and families. I am excited to expand my knowledge and skills in the CHPR program and to participate in large-scale health and wellness initiatives that improve well-being in our communities. I look forward to focusing on ways to create behavior change through modifications to the built environment, programming, and public policies that increase physical activity in communities.

Away from Stanford, I am a mom of four (1st to 8th grade). You can usually find me running, cycling, cooking, drinking coffee, on a date with my husband, or spending time with my family.

William Weng

Hello everyone! I am passionate about the democratization of healthcare and breaking down the spatial and temporal limits currently posed to the healthcare world. I have dabbled in many different fields, starting as a physical therapist assistant in hospitals and sports teams then moved to consulting and PE; now I am back in the healthcare world.

I just finished a one-year stay at WHO’s headquarter and am advisors to a few Chinese healthcare startups. I successfully failed at my past startup attempts but will continue innovating and trying. I love to learn about new things, so please do not hesitate to reach out about innovations, not just in healthcare.

I have BA & BSc from UCLA. I love F1, paintball, and meeting new people.

Elizabeth (Liz) Ziola

Hi all! My name is Elizabeth (or Liz), and I recently graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Public Health Sciences and a double minor in Medical Humanities and Psychological Sciences ‘21. My undergraduate experience provided me with incredible opportunities to understand and further investigate the clinical side of medicine, as well as the crucial aspects that social determinants play in the health of our communities. I have a great interest in the development and multifactorial treatment of chronic diseases, specifically cardiovascular and neurological conditions, across an entire community spectrum. I believe that prevention and proper intervention in at-risk, low-income communities is at the core of medicine becoming truly successful.  

A fun fact about me is that I have worked as an EMT in LA County for the past few years with jobs ranging from ambulance care, medical event staff, and working in the Emergency Department!