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Degree Program - MHS

Defne AlverDefne Alver

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am especially interested in children’s mental health and prevention research. I am also interested in Mental Health Services and Policy to help implement systemic changes to how we deliver mental healthcare equitably.

Email: dalver1@jhu.edu

Stephen BlackStephen Black

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Biology, Dickinson College, 2017

Advisor:  Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in the different aspects of mental health within adults and children and how it relates to the dental field.

Email: sblack27@jhu.edu; stephenblackc@gmail.com

Annice BrownAnnice Brown

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BSA, Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin, 2019

Advisor:  Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in studying neuropsychology, specifically concentrating on the relationship between mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Email: abrow272@jhu.edu

Justin ChoJustin Cho

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include the prediction of violent behavior within youth communities and the implementation of sustainable prevention strategies.

Email: Jcho53@jhu.edu

Nana DwunfuohNana Dwumfuoh

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Biology (Emphasis: Cellular & Molecular); San Diego State University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My interests include stigma reduction to increase self-awareness as it pertains to the onset of mental health issues among African American adolescents. I would like to study the long-term effect that psychotherapy would have on educational endeavors, incarceration rates, substance abuse, and familial patterns in the Black community.

Email: ndwumfu1@jh.edu; nanadwumfuoh@gmail.com

Giselle EdwardsGiselle Edwards

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees: 
BA, Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
BA, Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Substance use (JUUL and smoking) as well as the intersection of technology/social media and health, and how we can use social media as a tool for public health research.

Email: gedwar13@jhu.edu

Leonette EspinaLeonette Espina

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology (Pre-Med), University of Southern California, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: One of my research interests is determining the biological, psychological, and social factors of various psychiatric and neurological disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, autism, and dementia. I’m also interested in the early-stage detection, diagnosis, and prevention of these mental disorders in order to alleviate suffering and protect the overall well-being of individuals.

Email: lespina2@jhu.edu; leonettespina08@gmail.com

Chase HarperChase Harper

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Biblical and Theological Studies; Wheaton College

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: SEAL techniques and coping mechanisms.

Yasmin HarringtonYasmin Harrington

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Biology (specialization in Neuroscience) and German Studies, Furman University, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in the biopsychosocial basis of the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders. My previous research focused on understanding the secondary messenger pathways of thrombin in blood exposed spinal cord injuries.

Email: yharrin1@jh.edu, yasminh110905@gmail.com

Vaughn HooperVaughn Hooper

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: B.S. Psychology, University of Oregon, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in trauma and substance use disorders within BIPOC communities and the LGBTQ+ community. I am especially interested in how experiences with inequality or within the criminal justice system influence individuals’ access to treatments and the effectiveness of those treatments.

Email: vhooper2@jhu.edu

Godwin IgbinedionGodwin Igbinedion

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: African American mental health specifically on psychiatric disorders.

Mendgi JinMengdi Jin

Year entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology, Brandeis University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My interest is social and mental predisposition of junior crimes, and the effect of punishments and treatments.

Email: mjin20@jhu.edu; jinmengdi96@gmail.com

Bo Hyun KimBo Hyun Kim

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Currently, I am working on a research project involving depression symptom network structures and effectiveness of medications on comorbid OUD. My broader interest in public mental health is learning about how different barriers, such as stigma, affordability, and lack of policy, can prevent access to quality healthcare, especially mental health services.

Benjamin KomorBenjamin M. Komor

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees:
BA, Human Development (Holistic Development concentration) SUNY Empire State College, 2018
AS, Psychology, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Novel applications of psychedelic and addiction therapy, cognition-enhancement through nootropics and techniques, imparting spirituality, Eastern medicine, and the benefits of meditation. My theses equivalents were Income, Education, and Occupation in Association to Mental Health Care Access and Ketamine as an Antidepressant.

Email: bkomor1@jhu.edu

Hrday KowdleyHrday Kowdley

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: A substantive review of substance abuse in Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder patients.

Email: hkowdle1@jh.edu

Kimberly LazarusKimberly Lazarus

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Pre-Clinical Health Sciences, University of Central Florida, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Addressing the unique mental health risks in the black community with a focus on the stigmatization, barriers to good health care and prevalent misdiagnosis of psychiatric disorders.

Email: kimmylaz@gmail.com; klazaru2@jhmi.edu

Ran LiRan Li

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees: 
BA, Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2018
MS, Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Population-specific risk factors for depression among international students; prevention and interventions for mental health disorders in underprivileged communities.

Email: rli75@jhu.edu

Lauren PakLauren J. Pak

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees:
MS, Forensic Studies, Legal & Investigative Studies; Stevenson University, 2009
BA, Mass Communications/Public Relations; Loyola University, 2007

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic); Rebecca Fix, PhD (thesis)

Research Interests: Mental health as it applies to the criminal justice system. I want to explore juvenile and adult risk factors/causation and how we can increase resources and alter how we handle mentally ill defendants in the system.

Email: lpak2@jhmi.edu; ellejpak@gmail.com

Krishna PatelKrishna Patel

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Behavioral Neuroscience, Lehigh University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in studying the intersection of physical and mental health to improve overall health outcomes in underserved communities. My research interests are specifically on physical and mental health comorbidities in neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.

Email: kpate115@jhu.edu; krishnapatel0928@gmail.com

Shireesha PatelShireesha Patel

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: MBBS, Modern Medicine, Kakatiya Medical College, Ntruhs, 2010

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Public health and human rights, gender/racial disparities in health including mental health, infectious diseases, application of machine learning modalities in prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Email: spate175@jh.edu

Karlye PhillipsKarlye A. Phillips

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology, Spelman College,  2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Global mental health; comorbidities between mental and physical health; trauma; child health; Specifically, I am interested in how trauma exposure influences the onset, progression, and recovery of co-morbid psychopathologies and non-communicable diseases.

Email: kphill52@jhu.edu

Tabitha PyattTabitha Pyatt

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology w/ Biology Minor, Howard University, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include minority maternal health, patient advocacy and holistic approaches to improve mental health.

Email: tpyatt1@jhu.edu; tabithadawn611@gmail.com

Naomi Gail RafiNaomi Gail Rafi

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Neurodevelopment disabilities and disorders (ASD, ADHD, LBSL), pediatric neurology.

Selena RegaladoSelena Regalado

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree:  BS, Human Development (minor in Public Health), University of California, Davis; 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in studying the prevalence of mental illness in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities as well as intervention in Latinx and Native American communities. Additionally, I am interested in Neurology, chronic illness, and migraines.

Email: sregala1@jhu.edu

Annemarie RootAnnemarie Root

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BA Psychology, New York University, 2015

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: The assessment and treatment of autism and developmental disability as well as the availability/accessibility of mental health services; I am interested in how these issues are being addressed both domestically and globally.

Email: aroot4@jhu.edu

SarapikLiina Melanie Sarapik

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees: 
BA, Music and Liberal Arts, Boston University, 2010
MA, Music Therapy and Counseling, Drexel University, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Having lived, worked and volunteered in three different countries, and even more cities, I have seen both trauma and resilience interwoven in communities—individually, collectively, and systemically. I would like to research this, globally, in order to help better understand and support mental health in communities around the world.

Email: lsarapi1@jhu.edu; liinamelanie@gmail.com

Natasha SheikhanNatasha (Yasmin) Sheikhan

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees:
MPH, Health Promotion, University of Toronto, 2020
BA, Health Studies, McMaster University, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Youth mental health with a focus on patient-oriented research, cannabis policy, and anti-oppressive practice in public health.

Email: nsheikh4@jhu.edu

Vineet SidhuVineet Sidhu

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Psychiatric genetics; prevention of mental health disorders and its positive outcome on physical health.

Louis J SpencerLouis Spencer

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Biology, Benedict College, 2005

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Mental illness among adolescents and the behavior that is driven behind this disorder. My thesis project is to exam the behaviors of this disorder by quantitative sampling and literature reviews that examine the effects of these individuals.

Email: Louisspencer@hotmail.com

Becky StallerBecky Staller

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology, Stevenson University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Clinical trials and cognitive assessments regarding ALS, PTSD, TBIs, anxiety, and memory.

Email: rstalle1@jhu.edu ; bstaller16@gmail.com

Nessa SteinbergNessa Steinberg

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: B.S., Community Health with a concentration in Health Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Aging – particularly cognitive decline, dementia, and wholistic views of aging from a cognitive perspective.

Alex WalkerAlexandra Walker

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees: 
PBACC, Pre-Medicine, Georgetown University, 2018 
BA, Psychology, Duquesne University, 2016

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic); Holly Wilcox, PhD (thesis)

Research Interests: Depression and anxiety as well as suicide prevention in adolescents. My thesis project is a systematic review on digital solutions for suicide prevention.

Email: awalke65@jh.edu

Jonathan WellsJonathan Wells

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS; Cognitive Science (specialization in Natural Computation and Machine Learning), minor in Mathematics, University of California San Diego, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Genetics and epigenetics in psychiatric conditions, machine learning methods in genetics, and data science ethics and clinical ethics of genetics.

Email: Jwells46@jhu.edu; jonlukewells@gmail.com

Di WuDi Wu

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degree: BS, Neurobiology & Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Prevention and early-stage diagnosis of chronic neuro diseases such as dementia and also methods to delay the process of those diseases improving patient’s life quality.

Email: dwu50@jhu.edu

Ben ZhengBen (Yihao) Zheng

Year Entered: 2020

Previous Degrees: 
BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
BA, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include links between dementia and depression as well as treatment and intervention methods for psychiatric disorders.

Email: yzheng86@jhu.edu

MHS Students Not Pictured:

Ya (Alice) Ding
Sylee Kiran
Yuqi (Yuki) Shen
Miranda Vares