iCHASM Alumni

Elizabeth Cahn, MPH

Elizabeth Cahn, MPH

December 2016-December 2017

Elizabeth worked as a graduate research assistant for the iCHASM team while obtaining her MPH at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she works as a healthcare consultant with Navigant, where she focuses on government-level healthcare strategy, specifically helping with design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of healthcare programs and reform initiatives. Elizabeth is interested in institutional policy and how such policies affect behavioral change.

Veronica Chaitan, MPH

Veronica Chaitan, MPH

September 2015-May 2016

Veronica was a graduate research assistant with Dr. Cavazos’ team. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s University before obtaining her MPH at Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in epidemiology/biostatistics. Currently, she researches and evaluates projects related to tobacco control and chronic disease as a Data Analyst at the Washington University Center for Public Health Systems Science. Her interests include epidemiology, biostatistics and data visualization.

Tina Chen

Tina Chen

Summer 2019

Ms. Chen was a research assistant at the iCHASM lab over the summer, which was her first research experience. She is a rising high school senior at John Burroughs School and is interested in public health policy and East Asian studies.

Alexandra D'Agostino

Alexandra D'Agostino

August 2016 - May 2017

Alexandra D’Agostino worked at iCHASM while completing her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University. Alexandra is currently a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Clinical Psychology Doctoral program working with Dr. Mark Fillmore in researching how behavioral and cognitive mechanisms interact with the development of substance use disorders.

Jayla Johnson

Jayla Johnson

Summer 2019

Jayla Johnson worked with the iCHASM team through the ASPIRE internship commenced through Washington University. She currently is a junior at Harris- Stowe State university, where she plans to graduate with a bachelors degree in biology. Following Harris-Stowe she hopes to pursue a MD-PHD partnership program. 

Bianca Joseph

Bianca Joseph

Summer 2017

Bianca worked with the iCHASM team as a NIDA Summer Intern. She is a senior at Columbia University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her research interests include social media and mental health, with a specific interest in the relationship between depression and self-identity as a result of the need for a positive self-image online. Bianca hopes to attend graduate school in Fall 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

Kiriam Escobar Lee, MD, MPH

Kiriam Escobar Lee, MD, MPH

June 2016-December 2016

Kiriam is an international medical graduate from the Republic of Panama. In May 2017, she received her MPH with a Global Health concentration from Washington University. Currently, she is pursuing residency training in Pediatrics. She has an interest in addressing health disparities that exist in developing countries and plans on working to facilitate access to healthcare for low-income and disadvantaged children.

Lanie Pointer

Lanie Pointer

Summer 2019

Ms. Pointer is rising Senior at Affton High School. She participated in a summer research program, called STARS, at Dr. Cavazos’ lab in Summer 2019. She is pursuing a career in medicine. 

Biva Rajbhandari, MPH, MSW

Biva Rajbhandari, MPH, MSW

June 2016 - May 2017

Biva Rajbhandari was an iCHASM research assistant. She currently works as an Analyst at the Child Investment Fund Foundation in New Delhi, India. As an Analyst, Biva conducts research for her team on the latest issues surrounding children’s health and rights in South Asia. She also oversees projects in India that aim to improve access to healthcare and education for children. Biva completed her undergraduate degree at Grinnell College before obtaining her MPH and MSW at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in using research to evaluate interventions to advance human rights and access to quality health care around the world.

Bria Savoy

Bria Savoy

Summer 2018

Miss Savoy had her first research-related experience with the iCHASM team through her internship with Washington University’s ASPIRE program. She currently attends Fisk University in Nashville, TN, Bria is a psychology major and plans on becoming a clinical neuropsychologist.

Austin Smarsh

Austin Smarsh

Summer 2018

Mr. Smarsh worked with the iCHASM team as a part of Washington University’s IPH Summer Research Program. He is a graduate student pursuing his MPH at the University of Michigan, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in 2012. Mr. Smarsh has experience studying psychiatric disorders through neuroscience and biology, plans to study medicine, and is passionate about interdisciplinary healthcare.

Haley Stelzer-Monahan

Haley Stelzer-Monahan

Summer 2015

Haley interned with iCHASM as a STARS student the summer before her senior year of high school. She is currently attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Science. Haley plans to apply to the Farmer School of Business and pursue a double-major with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Business Management.

Sriram Zassenhaus

Sriram Zassenhaus

Summer 2019

Sriram is a senior at Marquette High School. He participated in a summer research program at Dr. Cavazo’s lab in the Summer of 2019. Sriram will attend a 6 year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City starting in Fall 2020. 

Kidist Zewdie, MPH

Kidist Zewdie, MPH

October 2014-May 2016

Currently, she is a Technical Advisor at the University of Minnesota where she works with researchers across the country who are interested in utilizing Medicare and Medicaid administrative claims data for research. Kidist completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College before obtaining her MPH at Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in epidemiology/ biostatistics. She is interested using both qualitative and quantitative data to address pressing public health issues, both globally and locally.

Jessie Zheng

Jessie Zheng

November 2016-May 2017

Jessie was a research assistant at iCHASM. She is currently pursuing her MSW from the Brown School at Washington University with a concentration on children, youth, and family issues. She specializes in promoting effective management strategies in the field of social work and public health. She has worked in various community-based programs focusing on the improvement of children’s health and wellness.

Micah Goodman

2018-2019
Mr. Goodman graduated from Washington University with a degree in computer science.  He has experience in social science research and app development. He’s particularly interested in using technology to expand access to high quality mental health help. Currently, Micah is the CEO of Rissana, LLC which is builds software that helps individuals make healthy behavioral changes.  

 

JJ Zhang, MSW

September 2019-April 2020

JJ worked as a practicum student for the iCHASM team while earning his MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is interested in exploring data from social media and natural language processing techniques. JJ is going to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Hong Kong.

Briana Wilson

July 2019-April 2020

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia where she received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. After completing her studies, Briana returned to work in the hospital setting in one of the underrepresented areas of St. Louis. She has previous experience conducting research within the field of engineering.

Caroline Min

July 2018-February 2020

Ms. Min was an MD/MPH candidate at Washington University (WU). Before beginning her medical training at WU School of Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is now a graduate student of public health at WU Brown School. Within public health, she is interested in women’s, maternal-fetal, sexual, and reproductive health, and cancer disparities and prevention. She has experience working in medical and public health research.

Nnenna Anako

July 2018-May 2020

Ms. Anako was an MPH candidate specializing in Health Policy Analysis at Washington University. She attended the University of Arizona where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. She has conducted research on the social and cultural implications of the Gold King Mine spill for Native American communities. After her undergraduate degree, Nnenna worked as a counselor, focusing on substance abuse, domestic violence and life skills. She is interested in mental healthcare access and policies for low income and under-served communities.

Samantha Sansone

Samantha Sansone

June 2017-December 2019

Samantha is an undergraduate student at Washington University pursuing a B.A. in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Psychology. She has worked with the iCHASM team on and off since she was in high school and is happy to be back again this semester to help with all the ongoing research projects in the lab. 

Amelia Dorsey

Spring 2021


Amelia was a research coordinator and assistant in the iCHASM lab. She graduated from Webster University with a BS in Psychology. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including volunteering at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and BJC Hospice. Ms. Dorsey worked with Dr. Alex Ramsey, as well, on genetic implementation research.

Kevin Davet

Fall 2020- Spring 2021

Kevin worked with the iCHASM lab during his sophomore year at WashU as a part of his Mind-Brain-Behavior research program. He is majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and Computer Science and has a passion for learning about Artificial Intelligence and its improvements for public health. After his last semester with iCHASM, Kevin worked as a Machine Learning Intern for the Cleveland Clinic. In the future, he hopes to continue learning about Computer Science and how to apply it to better physical and mental health.

Raven Riordan

July 2019-July 2021

Raven completed her B.S. at the University of Missouri with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She was a Rater in the iCHASM lab is currently attending medical school with a specific interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has extensive experience conducting a variety of bench research as well as assisting patients overcome opioid addiction.

Arielle Smith

Summer 2021

Arielle worked with the iCHASM team through the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program. She is currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying Psychological & Brain Sciences with a Concentration in Experimental Psychopathology. After her undergraduate education is complete, Arielle plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. 

Shawn Fraine

June 2021- March 2022

Shawn completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has clinical training in neuropsychological assessment, counseling, and has worked with a variety of populations in both settings. Broadly, his research interests focus on LGBTQ+ health and relationships with special interests in revictimization, body dysmorphic disorder, and gender dysphoria.

Andrea Fentem

August 2019- August 2021

Andrea completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She was the project manager in the iCHASM team. She has experience working with a wide-variety of populations, and has focused specifically on personality traits. Andrea is now pursuing her PhD in Psychology.

Mehaly Bekele

Summer 2021

Mehaly worked with the iCHASM team as a NIDA Summer Intern. She is a junior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention with a minor in Neuroscience from Keck School of Medicine. She is interested in women’s mental, sexual/reproductive, and maternal and child health, specifically in underserved and low-income communities. Mehaly plans on obtaining her medical degree and specializing in obstetrics and gynecology after completing her undergraduate studies. 

Christine Doroshenko

September 2018-May 2021

Christine received her MPH specializing in Biostatistics at the Brown School at Washington University. She was a student as well as a statistical data analyst in the iCHASM lab. She is interested in psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric genetics, health behavior, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis. Ms. Xu has experience examining risk factors and psychiatric comorbidity of eating disorders and social anxiety disorder, and the effects of child maltreatment using data from genetically informative, longitudinal study designs.

Jingchuan Fan

Summer 2020-Summer 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Jingchuan worked as a practicum student in the iCHASM lab. She received her MSW/MPH degree from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2021. During her time in the lab, Jingchuan assisted with projects related to substance use disorders and eating disorders. She is interested in mixed-methods research on substance use disorders and mental health and interdisciplinary research approaches using machine learning to detect health data on social media platforms.