Current CHPR Master's Students

Grace Achepol

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!

Amy Bugwadia

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!

Jasmyn Burdsall

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.

Shweta Chawla

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!

Jose Condor

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. 

Shreya Desai

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! 

Catherine Gao

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.

Redeat Gebeyehu

Hi! My name is Redeat, and I graduated from Stanford with a B.A in Human Biology, Public Health in sub-Saharan Africa concentration and a minor in Global Studies with an African Studies track. I have always been very passionate about socio-determinants of health and how they affect well-being which inspired my involvement with NGOs like Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders Cameroon branch, where I served as a research coordinator for the past two years. I see myself working in the public health sector building better health systems, broadening medical care accesses and services. Besides that, I would also like to work on various women empowerment projects.

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.

Claire Jacobson

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.

Amanda Koong

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! 

Komal Kumar

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.

Aimee Lansdale

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!  

Jacie Lemos

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.  

Giselle Martinez

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. 

Yessica Martinez

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.

Haley O'Brien

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!

Aubrey Roberts

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!

Alyssa Rodriguez

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! 

Dilanaz Unal

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. 

William Weng

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.