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Marie Desir
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Marie graduated from the Honors College at Florida International University with a major in Biological Science. She worked as an ER medical scribe and participated in medical missions to both Haiti and Nicaragua after college. In medical school, she was the treasurer of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group and the Vice President of NutriGardens, a program that educates children on healthy foods and nutrition; she also serves as a worship leader in her church. Marie’s research through the multi-center STOP-COVID collaboration focused on the effects of renal dysfunction on mortality in COVID patients. She has also conducted a project evaluating potential biomarkers in mild cognitive impairment. Marie’s interests are in addiction psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, community psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Grace Ma
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Grace graduated from the University of Miami with a major in Biology. She volunteered at a hospice center and was the president of UGenerations, a group that worked to bridge the gap between younger and older generations. While in medical school, Grace was treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and co-president of the Bamboo Sprouts program where she organized educational activities for children adopted from Asian countries. Grace’s research has focused on targeted interventions to reduce emotional distress for geriatric patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also studied women presenting with a first-time epileptic seizure during pregnancy. Her interests in psychiatry include neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. 

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Kabir Nigam
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Kabir majored in Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In college he created the UCLA Music Production Club that promoted student musicians and tutored at an underserved middle school. After working at the UCSF Alcohol and Addiction Research Group after college, Kabir completed a Master’s degree in Experimental Neuroscience at the Imperial College of London. In medical school, Kabir served as the co-president of the student psychiatric society, participated in the VCU summer institute in psychiatry, and worked as a research assistant at the institute for drug and alcohol studies. He has also led a research project on diminished inhibitory control in cocaine users and co-authored a review article on hallucinogens as treatments for addiction. Kabir is interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, and research on the integration of interventional psychiatry/psychopharmacology with psychotherapy.

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Andrew Pines
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine-Arizona

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Denver. After college, Andrew completed a Master’s in Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Before medical school, Andrew worked as a research technician in a neurosurgery lab that focused on educating patients and residents using 3D printing, augmented reality, and simulation modules. In medical school, Andrew led the neurosurgery student interest group and received a grant for education innovation to improve performance in neurosurgical procedures. Andrew also designed and taught a wilderness medicine course and earned a certificate in the Science of Health Care Delivery. His research has focused on the epidemiology of psychosis in youth taking stimulants, the impact of shifting to virtual visits on diagnoses in neurology clinic, and the effect of delays in administration of alteplase in acute ischemic stroke. His interests include neuroimaging, schizophrenia, child and adolescent psychiatry, and cross-cultural psychiatry.

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Harish Pudukodu
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Harish graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Environmental Health Sciences and Biology. In college, he co-led the Neuroscience Club and worked with NeuroCare leadership to connect students with psychiatry-related service opportunities. In medical school, Harish created a medical student podcast to foster student well-being and led a program to offer support to high-risk patients during COVID. For his volunteer work in urban clinics, Harish was awarded a prestigious community engagement scholarship. His research has focused on the effects of CFTR modulators on depression as well as prevalence of OCD symptoms in cystic fibrosis patients. Harish is interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry, academic leadership, and clinical/translational research.

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Lucas Wittman
Harvard Medical School

Lucas completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. In college, he was the president of the Nu Rho Psi Neuroscience Honor Society, served as the program chair of the PRISM Interfaith Organization, and organized academic and volunteer science events for a local elementary school. At UPenn and HMS, his research has characterized the effects of social factors (e.g., childhood adversity and poverty) on brain development. During medical school, Lucas additionally obtained an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Recently, he has completed research on the implementation of alcohol use disorder treatments in a native Alaskan community and has a manuscript under review. Lucas is interested in community mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry.

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CHILD TRACK RESIDENTS

Bryana Bayly
University of Michigan Medical School

Bryana graduated from the University of Michigan with majors in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and Spanish. In medical school, Bryana was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was an active volunteer in the No One Dies Alone Program, assisting in end-of-life support for patients. Bryana also created the MedConnect program in conjunction with the School of Social Work to provide virtual social support for patients at risk for negative mental health outcomes associated with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research in medical school has focused on epigenetic modification of Fragile X patient-derived cells. Bryana’s interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, neuroscience, geriatric psychiatry, and medical education.

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Margaret Duncan
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Margaret was a Pre-Professional Studies and Theology double major at University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, Margaret played in the drumline, acted as a mentor for high school students, and wrote a regular column in the student newspaper. In medical school, Margaret established a narrative medicine interest group, created a program to build resilience for classmates during COVID-19, and served as Peer Advocate to help students access resources. Margaret was selected for a Fellowship at Auschwitz to study at their Professional Ethics Program. Her interests include women’s mental health, child and adolescent psychiatry, advocacy, consultation-liaison psychiatry and palliative care.

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Research Track Residents

Ali Raza
Harvard Medical School

Ali graduated from Columbia University with a major in Biology. In college, Ali created and taught an introductory neuroscience course to a group of under-privileged New York City high school students and acted in a play directed by a Tony Award recipient. Prior to medical school, Ali completed a Ph.D in Neurobiology and Behavior at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia. During medical school, Ali developed a database to connect medical students to COVID-related volunteer opportunities in the community which led to the establishment of 501c3. Ali’s work as a research assistant at McLean led to a curated database of reduced fee mental health providers for residents. His interests include mood disorders, advocacy, and the intersection of clinical psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, research and technology.

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Erin Reed
Yale School of Medicine

Erin graduated from Davidson College with a major in Neuroscience. In college, Erin was a member of the Bio-Math Connections Club and partipated in the Honor Council. During medical school, Erin completed a Ph.D in neuroscience at Yale. Erin received the Austen Riggs Scholarship in Computational Psychiatry & Representation and was recognized for computational and translational research in cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry. Her research involves computational modeling in patients, healthy participants and animals in order to ascertain underlying mechanisms of generating and updating beliefs. Erin is also interested in depressive disorders, alcohol use disorder, and consultation-liaison psychiatry (especially liver transplant).

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