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Degree Program - MHS

Sadaf AhariSadaf Ahari (Sadie)

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Psychology; The George Washington University

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Effects of medical diagnosis on mental health end of life discussions across different cultures.

Email: scahari1593@gmail.com

Ibrahim al-JabberIbrahim al-Jabbar

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Cognitive Science (neuroscience and linguistics); Johns Hopkins University; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Autism and developmental disabilities, their effects on families, and distribution of resources/policies related to them.

Email: ialijabb1@jhu.edu; iaaj33@gmail.com

Will AltekruseWill Altekruse

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology; University of Maryland Baltimore County; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: I am interested in studying trends in suicide and potential preventative measures.

Email: waltekr1@jhu.edu

Biella BaerBriella Baer

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, Psychology (minor Biology); Denison University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD

Research interests: Autism spectrum disorders; behavioral interventions.

Email: bbaer2@jhu.edu

Joahua-BarnettJoshua Barnett

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
MA, Thanatology; Hood College; 2009
BS, Psychology; Florida State University; 2007
Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practioner (CPRP)
Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (ICCDP-D)

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Community mental health services evaluation; qualitative analysis; primary care integration for reduction in life expectancy disparity, and mental health services reimbursement/funding.

Sonu-BassiSonu Bassi

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
BA, Political Science; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD

Research interests: Mental health services for prison populations; early access to mental health services and its relation to criminal justice and prisons.

Jacqueline-BranJacqueline V. Bran (Jaci)

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
MA, Marriage & Family Therapy; Hope International University; 2015
BA, Sociology; Azusa Pacific University; 2012

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD

Research interests: Adolescent and child mental health; social and economic factors contributing to mental illness.

Email: jbran1@jhmi.edu

Marli-ChoateMarli Choate

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Mathematics (Applied); Eastern Illinois University; 2015
BS, Health Studies (Community Health); Eastern Illinois University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Alzheimer's disease and caretaker depression and grief.

Monica DanielsMonica Daniels

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
MS, Psychology; Sacred Heart University; 2013
BA, Psychology; University of Connecticut; 2010

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Prevention and intervention in school environment; access to mental health services in the school environment; implementation and sustainability of trauma services.

Gerard-HamptonGerard Hampton

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD

Research interests: Actively pursuing a variety of research interests under the umbrella of mental health, such as how interpersonal relatioinships can affect an individual's mental state and greater health and well-being.

Email: ghampto1@jhu.edu; gerardhampton50@gmail.com

Katherine HeinKate Hein

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BA, Public Health Studies, Psychology; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: School-based interventions; prevention/management of mental illness in children and adolescents.

Email: khein5@jhu.edu

John-Wesley-HopkinsJohn Wesley Hopkins

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD

Email: jhopki21@jhu.edu

Bradley-HuntBradley John Hunt

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Substance abuse epidemiology as well as psychiatric epidemiology.

Email: bhunt5@jhu.edu

Rebecca-JohnRebecca John

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Psychology (minor in Public Health); George Washington University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Severe mental illnesses; mental health services and policy.

Email: rsjohn93@gmail.com

John MekailJohn Mekail

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degree:
BA, Neuroscience (Systems Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology); University of California Riverside; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Bridging the gap between physical and mental health; assessing the fundamental components of mental health that translate to a longer predicted life expentancy in patients with acute illnesses.

Email: john.mekail@jhu.edu

Reema-MistryReema Mistry

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, Planning, GIS; Arizona State University; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Community based preventive mental health in multicultural populations.

Email: rmistry2@jhmi.edu

Michelle-MoonMichelle Moon

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BA, Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Mental health screening tools and technology; behavioral health interventions for adolescent and young adult populations; treating substance dependence and use in underserved populations.

Email: mmoon6@jhu.edu

Maia-NietoMaia Nieto

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Public Health Studies, Spanish; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Mental health services and policy as well as substance abuse.

Email: mnieto1@jhu.edu

Shavini-PatelShavini Patel

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, Psychology (Biomedical Sciences and Neurology); Texas A&M University; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Global mental health and advocacy for women's health in low-and-middle income countries; bringing quality mental health care to the forefront of health care around the world.

Email: spate111@jhmi.edu

Kaitlin-PfistererKaitlin Pfisterer

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Prevention of mental illness; violence and injury prevention; health information technology; mental health treatment/management in primary care settings; increasing access to care.

Email: kpfiste1@jhu.edu

Sarah-PorterSarah Porter

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, English (Minors: Global Health, Center for Leadership and Involvement, European Studies); University of Wisconsin, Madison; 2013

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Suicide prevention as well as maternal and infant mental health (post-partum depression). Interested in finding overlap of both research interests.

Email: sfporter22@gmail.com

Diana RayesDiana Rayes

Year entered: 2015

Previous degree:
BS, Psychology; Arizona State University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Psychosocial well-being in humanitarian settings.  Particularly interested in mental health interventions in displaced Syrian refugee populations, domestic and abroad.

Email: drayes1@jhmi.edu; diana.rayes7@gmail.com

Melody-Kelemu-SinkeMelody Kelemu Sinke

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BSc; Neural Science
BSc; Environmental Science

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Mental health in the developing world with a focus on gender issues.

Emily-SuminskiEmily Suminski

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, Psychology (Minor: Poverty & Human Capability); Washington and Lee University; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Improvement of services for homeless individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness.

Email: emily.suminski@yahoo.com

Mary SummersMary Summers

Year entered: 2015

Previous degrees:
MSc, Global Health and Anthropology; University of Edinburgh; 2010
BS, Human Biology; University of Indianapolis; 2009

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Alternative therapy programs for PTSD in military and veterans, especially recreational and high-adrenaline therapy activities.

Email: maryrager11@gmail.com; msumme12@jhmi.edu

John-ThorneJohn Thorne

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
AS, Psychology; Georgia Perimeter College; 2012
BS, Psychology; University of Georgia; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Prevention of child sexual abuse.

Christine-TruongChristine Truong

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BS, Neuroscience and English; UCLA; 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Mental health stigma in immigrant/minority communities, as well as depression.

Joy-ZhouJoy Zhou

Year entered: 2015

Previous Degrees:
BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University; 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Co-morbidities in physical and mental illness; persons with serious mental illness (SMI); mental health services and primary care.

Email: joyzhou@jhu.edu