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Department of Mental Health

Master of Health Science (MHS) Students in Mental Health

carlos aguado

photo of Carlos Aguado with trees in background

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology; The Catholic University of America, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in studying mental illness, particularly finding interventions treat those with depression, anxiety, and trauma. My research focus is in seeing how psychedelics can be used adjunctly to psychoanalytic therapy

Email: caguado1@jhmi.edu; caguadoc@gmail.com



ashwaq saud alharbi

photo of Ashwaq Saud Alharbi

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree:

BA, Public health, Health System Theory and Practice Emphasis, University of Arizona, 2021
BA, Neuroscience and cognitive science, Neurobiology Emphasis, University of Arizona, 2021
BA, Political science, University of Arizona, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Mental health challenges and resources in MENA (Middle East and North Africa)

Email: shoaqsaud@gmail.com; aalharb5@jhmi.edu



vaishnavi (vaishu) bandaru

photo of Vaishnavi Bandaru

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: Bachelor's of Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S.); Bharati Vidyapeeth University, India; 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in substance abuse and suicide prevention in those with mental health issues. My research interests are specifically around current practices by college counselors in regards to their role in reducing mental illness stigmas among students.

Email: vbandar3@jh.edu; vaishnavi.bandaru@hotmail.com



bryan barks

photo of Bryan Barks

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA in Political Science from Georgia College & State University, 2014

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests:  I am interested in firearm suicide prevention policy – specifically the implementation of state-level voluntary self-prohibition policies that allow at-risk individuals to prevent themselves from purchasing guns.

Email: ibarks1@jhu.edu



Noah burton

photo of Noah Burton

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: Psychobiology B.S., University of California - Los Angeles, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Substance abuse and comorbid mental illnesses are my main research interests. Also how these factor into homelessness, unemployment, etc.

Email: nburton5@jhu.edu



ruchen cai
(she/they)

photo of Ruchen Cai

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees: BS, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (Specialization in Computing), University of California, Los Angeles, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests are social and psychiatric epidemiology of Substance Use Disorder, and addressing addiction in the context of the social model of disability. I am also interested in modelling neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders using pluripotent stem cells.

Email: rcai8@jhmi.edu



mia n. campbell

photo of Mia Campbell

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS, Biology or Global Health; Georgetown University, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Global adolescent mental health and wellness with an emphasis on youth empowerment and engagement, community-oriented research, and holistic approaches to supporting and improving mental health.

Emailmcampb76@jhu.edu; mia.n.campbell@gmail.com



kathryn catamura

photo of Kathryn Catamura with flowering bush as backdrop

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology; University of California Santa Cruz; 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include violence & injury prevention, specifically in the context of intimate partner violence, and veterans' mental health.

Email: kcatamu1@jhmi.edu



Riti Chandrashekhar

photo of Rita Chandrashekhar

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University; New Delhi, 2018-2019
Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics, Indira Gandhi National Open University; New Delhi, 2017-2018 
B.A.(Hons) in Applied Psychology, Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences; Amity University, Noida, 2014-2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests:  Broadly, I intend to explore the social determinants of mental health especially in low resource settings. Additionally, I would like to review consequences of adversity in childhood from a cognitive angle with a focus on trauma informed care.

Emailrchand21@jhu.edu



chih-chieh chang

photo of Chih-Chieh Chang

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: MD, Medicine; National Yang-Ming University, 2012

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interest includes substance use disorders, mental health in the aging population. I am also interested in mental health among indigenous communities.

Email: cchan137@jh.edu



jaciara de souza

photo of Jaciara De Souza

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
BS, Public Health, Monroe College, 2021
AAS, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Monroe College, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in the interaction between genetic and environmental factors and their influence on the development of autism spectrum disorder.

Email: jnds23@hotmail.com , jdesouz5@jhmi.edu



michelle nelson densley

photo of Michelle Nelson Densley

Year entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
University of Utah, Health Education and Nutrition (2007)
Westminster College, MEd Trauma and Resilience Science Education (ongoing)

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Etiology or epidemiology of neuro psychiatric conditions which create increased risk for sexual violence and intervention development for the primary perpetration prevention of sexual abuse.



faith dijulia

photo of Faith Dijulia

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
BA in Psychological and Social Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2021
AA in Psychology, Bucks County Community College, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder: the etiology of it? Why some people have symptoms more severe than others? How to prevent it? Prognosis of autism in adulthood.



jingya dong

photo of Jingya Dong

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Biomedical English,  Peking University, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Prevention, early-stage diagnosis  and treatment of mental health disorders.

Email: jdong28@jhu.edu



caroline ewing

photo of Caroline Ewing

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree:  BS, Psychology; Drexel University, 2018

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests:  Early childhood trauma as an etiological factor in the development of antisocial behavior and emotional dysregulation associated with the proposed secondary variant of psychopathy in juvenile offender populations.

Email: cewing15@jhu.edu; carolineannaewing@gmail.com



anna garriott

photo of Anna Garriott

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
MSSW, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2017
BA, Community Development, Covenant College, 2006

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: The treatment of trauma and other stress-related disorders, global mental health, and the delivery of mental health care, including mhealth, in low-resource settings.

Email: agarrio1@jh.edu``



hannah hamilton

photo of Hannah Hamilton

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Public Health, biology minor; University of Michigan, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My interests include research in mental health and eating disorders, especially the genetic and socioeconomic interplay that contributes to their development. I am also interested in the development of successful programs that allow for primary prevention of addiction while simultaneously reducing stigma around the disease.

Email: hhamilt5@jh.edu 



amy hauer

photo of Amy Hauer

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology; McGill University,  2020

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

Research Interests: Mental health policy broadly —reducing stigma and increasing understanding & awareness of mental health and illness, reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to mental health treatment and services, and standardizing the  treatment of mental healthcare as on par with physical healthcare. 

Email: ahauer3@jh.edu; amyhauer6@gmail.com



ukinebo igori

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Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS Neuroscience and Behavior, Rutgers University, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests are in addiction and mental health care. I want to focus on substance abuse, depression and anxiety and how they affect minority groups.

Email:  ukiolive@gmail.com



taylor johnson

photo of Taylor Johnson with trees in background

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include youth mental health, suicide and violence prevention, firearm policy, and school-based mental health interventions.

Email: tjohn204@jhu.edu



cheewanan (Jinny) kaothan

photo of Cheewanan Kaothan

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: B.Sc.(Public Health), Environmental Health Sciences; Mahidol University, Thailand, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Mental health policy and cost-effectiveness of mental health promotion and prevention interventions in LMICs.

Email: ckaotha1@jh.edu, cheewanan.kao@gmail.com



amanda kim

photo of Amanda Kim with colored leaves on trees

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
MA, Applied Behavior Analysis; Florida Institute of Technology, 2016
BA, Psychology; University of California, Merced, 2013

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in researching about the health service and treatment effectiveness for individuals
diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I’m also interested in the implementation/adaptation of
standard autism diagnostic tools.



yoon chung kim

photo of Yoon Chung Kim

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
MS, Aging and Health, Georgetown University
MA, International Studies, Seoul National University
BA, Psychology, NILE; French Language and Literature, Ewha Womans University

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in the mental health of older adults and prevention research, and I am currently working on a systematic review of technology use and social isolation/loneliness in older adults. I am also interested in health service delivery, policy, and research methodology.

Email: ykim231@jhu.edu


eve le neveu

photo of Eve Le Neveu

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology; University of California, Santa Cruz, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My main area of focus is research pertaining to the prevention of child sexual abuse. I am also interested in studying substance abuse, and the tumultuous relationship between addiction and the criminal justice system.

Email: eveleneveu@gmail.com



ilana lehmann

photo of Ilana Lehmann

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Religion and Neuroscience, Barnard College, 2017

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I am interested in gerontology and aging research, particularly that related to cognition.

Email: ilehman3@jhu.edu; lehmann.ilana30@gmail.com



nate macanian

photo of Nate Macanian

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience; University of Michigan, 2016

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: I’m interested in the effects of psychedelic medicine on happiness and connection.

Email: natemacanian@gmail.com



mojdeh nourbakhsh

photo of Mojdeh Nourbakhsh

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Biology and Psychology; Virginia Tech, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: My area of interest includes child/ adolescent psychology. Hopefully, we can improve mental health care at a young age, so children grow up with a better awareness and understanding of their emotions and themselves.



isabella perea

photo of Isabella Perea

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS, Biological Sciences; Florida International University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research interests: Access to minority mental healthcare, psychosis and schizophrenia

Email: iperea1@jhu.edu ;isapereacaicedo@gmail.com



jessica pham

photo of Jessica Pham

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Virginia, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include how neurological disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, can affect an individual’s cognitive abilities as they age over time.

Email: jpham17@jh.edu



delilah ponce

photo of Delilah Ponce

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS; Health Education; University of Florida, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Mental health literacy; intersectionality and health equity; the prevention of mental health disorders.

Email: dponce2@jhmi.edu



martina racioppi

photo of Martina Racioppi

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Sociology & French; Elon University, 2019

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Substance use in underprivileged communities.

Emailmartina.racioppi23@gmail.com



katlyn reynolds

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Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology; Minor in Educational Studies;  University of Florida, 2020  

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

Research Interests: OCD and Anxiety disorders in adolescents and children. For my thesis project, I will be contributing to the work of Dr. Joseph McGuire and his lab or developing my own research idea based on the projects being done. 

Email: kreyno36@jhu.edu ; katlynreynolds07@gmail.com


 
kyle rice

photo of Kyle Rice

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degrees:
BS, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Virginia Tech, 2021
BS, Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: Psychiatric and neurologic disorders and community-based health approaches to mitigate mental health incidence. My thesis project is concerned with health disparities and how to address social determinants that affect readmission rates in hospitals.

Emailkrice23@jh.edu; karman374@gmail.com


 
yoel selassie

photo of Yoel Selassie with trees and house in background

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA, Public Health Studies; Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My main research interests are developmental disorders such as Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition, I contribute to research investigating the role of financial strain in aging outcomes.

Emailyoselassie99@gmail.com


 
annie zhao

photo of Annie Zhao

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BA in Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests: My research interests include caregiving challenges for healthcare companions of patients with low vision and dual sensory impairment and the role of mental health in patient outcomes for patients with sensory impairment.

Emailazhao13@jhu.edu


 
Yijun Zhou

photo of Yijun Zhou holding bouquet of flowers

Year Entered: 2021

Previous Degree: BS, Psychology; Drake University, 2020

Advisor: Jeanine M. Parisi, PhD (academic)

Research Interests:  Investigating connections between aspects of sleep and major mental health disorders; predictors and risk factors of various cognitive disorders

Emailkatarinazyj@hotmail.com