Meet our current trainees
Sherri-Chanelle Brighthaupt is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health. She is interested in risk and protective factors for problematic substance use, development of innovative drug abuse prevention programming, and how drug-related social policies impact these outcomes. Before coming to Hopkins, she received her BA in Psychology from Columbia University.
Katie Heley, MPH
Katie Heley is a PhD student in Health and Public Policy. She is interested in the study and use of communication and policy to change attitudes, behavior, and stigma around chronic, non-communicable diseases. Previously, Katie served as the program manager of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP), a national program that increases knowledge and reduces stigma around adolescent mood disorders. She also worked internationally, contributing to England’s Time to Change, a national campaign that works to reduce mental health discrimination. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mara Hollander, PhD
Mara Hollander is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management and is supported by the NIMH Mental Health Services and Systems T32 Training Grant. Her research interests include the financing of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, as well as applying causal and novel analytic methods to study mental health treatment more broadly, particularly in residential and inpatient settings. Hollander earned her PhD in health services research and policy from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where she worked with the University’s Medicaid Research Center to evaluate program changes, access to and quality of care, and expenditures in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. She earned her BA in government from Georgetown University.
Neel Koyawala is a medical student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research interests include ways public policy and health systems can increase access to and prevalence of treatment for opioid use disorder, especially for enrollees in Medicaid. As a clinician, he would like to identify opportunities and investments for health systems to promote high-value care, including appropriate screening and treatment of mental health disorders before major adverse events. Prior to starting medical school, Neel worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Neel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biochemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences and received a BS in Economics (concentration in Health Care Management and Policy) from the Wharton School.
Jonathan Levin, MPH
Jonathan (Jon) Levin is a PhD student in Health and Public Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His research interests include the access and affordability of health insurance and drug treatments for vulnerable populations, especially for patients who are enrolled in Medicaid and have substance use disorders. Jon is also interested in the intersection between politics and policy, such as message-framing and public opinion of health policies. In addition to working in academic research, Jon has worked at the Congressional Budget Office, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and Mathematica Policy Research. Jon received his BA in from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.
Esita Patel, PhD, RN
Esita Patel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is a part of an interdisciplinary team evaluating state policy efforts related to opioids for a project through Bloomberg Philanthropies. Her interests are rooted in real-world and timely health policy evaluation, with a special interest in issues at the intersection of health policy and the health workforce. Throughout her doctoral studies, she worked on projects evaluating nursing workforce policies, served as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, and completed an AHRQ NRSA predoctoral fellowship in health services research. Esita earned her BS in biology and nursing with highest honors and her PhD in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brendan Rabideau is a PhD student in Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His research interests include identifying ways to incentivize high-value mental health care, as well as exploring the causal relationships between mental illness, mental health treatment, and criminal behavior. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Brendan spent time as a statistical programmer at Abt Associates and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, where he worked on a broad array of projects related to health and criminal justice policy. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy from the University of Southern California.
Kira Riehm, MSc
Kira Riehm, funded through the NIMH Mental Health Services and Systems T32 Training Grant, is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health advised by Dr. Ramin Mojtabai. She is interested in the identification, assessment, management, and treatment of mood disorders in primary care. She is also interested in the correlates of adolescent mental health and substance use. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, Kira received her BA in Psychology and her MSc in Psychiatry, both from McGill University in Canada.
Ian Schmid, ScM
Ian Schmid is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health. His primary research interest is in evaluating the effects of mental health and substance use programs and policies. Before enrolling in the Department of Mental Health’s doctoral program, he worked as a research associate in the Department. He received his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his ScM in Biostatistics from Brown University.
Keisha Solomon, PhD
Keisha Solomon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her primary research interests are within the field of applied microeconomics, with special interests in policy evaluation, causal inference, behavioral health, and education. She works with an interdisciplinary research team on the evaluation of state policy efforts related to opioids for a project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to joining Hopkins, Keisha received her BSc in Economics from the University of Guyana and a PhD in Economics from Temple University. During her doctoral studies, she examined the effects of state-level policies and family-level characteristics on health and/or human capital development.
Elizabeth Stone, funded through the NIMH Mental Health Services and Systems T32 Training Grant, is a PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her research interests focus on policies related to health care and social services for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorder, and the impact of stigma and public opinion on these policies. Elizabeth previously worked as a research program coordinator at Johns Hopkins, and previously as a music therapist in inpatient psychiatry. Elizabeth earned a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Evansville.
Kayla Tormohlen, MPH
Kayla Tormohlen is a PhD student in the Department of Mental Health and a Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Fellow. She is interested in the co-occurrence of substance use and mental health problems, and factors that impact access to substance use and mental health services, particularly in urban populations. Prior to joining the Bloomberg School, Kayla worked as a faculty research assistant at the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Kayla received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.