PGY 1 Categorical Residents

Rachel Asher
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Rachel grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University for college and UIC College of Medicine prior to coming to BWH for psychiatry residency. She had the opportunity to work with political asylum-seekers as a case manager and participate in mental health research in spine surgery patients prior to medical school. During medical school, she continued this research and became involved with Unsilence, a human rights education nonprofit. These experiences continue to inspire her academic and clinical interests, which include narrative medicine, theoretical and scientific foundations of psychiatric diagnosis, and the neuroscience of consciousness. Her hobbies include meditation, creative writing, and spending time by the ocean. 

 

Nishant Gupta
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Nishant studied at CUNY Brooklyn College, where he majored in Business Administration. During medical school, he pursued research on the association between pretreatment depression and treatment adherence with women with gynecological cancers. He also studied the effect of early life stress in nonhuman primate maternal—infant dyads on HPA axis biomarkers.  Nishant co-founded the Entrepreneurship Club to engage medical students in health-care entrepreneurship. He enjoys Formula 1, Movies, Computer Building/Technology, and Gardening.

 

Michael Hsu
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Michael grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Computational Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences (2012) and a BS in Operations and Informations Management at the Wharton School of Business (2012). He worked as a healthcare consultant in Boston before attending medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (where he was born). During undergrad, he observed healthcare disparities in Philadelphia and volunteered with and fundraised for free clinics. He also led a student-run organization to provide hypertension and diabetes health screening to local residents and public health education as an after school program at a local high school. During medical school he volunteered at a local free clinic in Baltimore as a clinic manager and co-director of the Grants Committee. He also developed policy solutions to address the rising prices of branded and generic pharmaceutical drugs in order to broaden access with a mentor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He became interested in Psychiatry as a first year medical student, going on to do research on traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and age-related biological predictors of outcomes and helped with the initial development of telemedicine at a community TBI clinic. He is interested in community psychiatry, the intersection between business and psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and consultation psychiatry. He enjoys playing tennis and basketball, snowboarding, playing guitar, cooking and hanging out with his wife Olivia.

 

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Sanjali Kumar
Creighton University School of Medicine

Hi! My name is Sanjali, which is a confusing name, I know. It’s a combination of my parents’ names, which is the kind of dorky-sweet thing that happens when you’re the first kid to be born on both sides of your family. I grew up (with every substitute teacher mispronouncing my name) in Texas, and then Southern California, where I attended UCLA and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology. After that, I completed my first two years of medical school at Creighton University’s home campus in Omaha, NE, and the second two years at Creighton’s satellite campus in Phoenix, AZ. And now, I am so excited to add BWH and the East Coast to my list of adventures! Throughout the span of cities and training facilities I have called home during my life, I have been drawn to working with underserved populations at free clinics, both locally and internationally. I hope to continue this momentum and build a holistic career in cultural psychiatry. In my free time, I love all kinds of dancing, theater, traveling, petting dogs, and exploring Netflix.

 

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Arya Shah
Mayo Medical School

Arya was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate degree in neuroscience. She surprisingly chose to make the trek east to Rochester, MN where she completed medical school at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Not feeling like she had moved east enough, she traded the tundra for the Atlantic Ocean when she moved to Boston to pursue a residency in psychiatry. She currently copes with the challenges of intern year with lots of yoga, writing, and phone calls to friends and family. She hopes to keep her love of narrative medicine alive throughout her career and can see herself eventually working with kids and possibly as a psychiatrist within the correctional system.

 

Erica Siwila-Sackman
Tufts University School of Medicine

Erica majored in Economics, minored in Neuroscience, and worked in a memory disorders clinic while completing her undergraduate degree at Williams College. She then worked as a clinical researcher on an osteoporosis study and later a stroke study before completing her premed postbac at Tufts University. In medical school, she was a member of AOA, served on multiple curriculum committees, taught medical interviewing to first year students, volunteered as a co-leader for a program that facilitates intergenerational relationships with seniors, and conducted home visits with seniors in the community.  She is interested in Geriatric Psychiatry. Erica enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and playing with her dogs.

 

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Tasia York
University of Kentucky College of Medicine  

Tasia was a Psychology major and Biological Sciences minor at the University of Kentucky. Tasia first developed an interest in psychiatry when reading memoirs written by patients chronicling their journeys with mental illness. As an undergraduate, she did two years of research on opiate use disorders and the manifestations of withdrawal in rural communities in Kentucky. In medical school, Tasia was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was elected president of the UK College of Medicine Ambassadors, serving as a mentor to rural high school students pursuing careers in medicine. Tasia also volunteered as a medical student peer support. Tasia enjoys music, reading, crocheting, writing, and spending time with her husband and son.

 

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PGY 1 Child Track Residents

Samantha Taylor
University of Florida College of Medicine

Samantha studied at the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Science and Business. She worked as a research assistant working with the maintenance and rearing of virus infected mosquito populations.  In medical school, she was a member of the Pediatrics Student Interest Group and worked at SNMA as a student mentor. Samantha researched child education for the initiation of a neighborhood –based parent education and healthcare support program. She enjoys running and has completed three half marathons. She also loves dogs, children, and traveling.

 

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Ivana Viani
Harvard Medical School

Ivana completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she conducted research in animal behavior and social, forensic, and cognitive psychology. During this time, she also studied neuroscience of pain in Dr. Kathryn Albers’ lab at the University of Pittsburgh, and carried out evolutionary psychology experiments in the lab of Dr. Steven Pinker at Harvard University. At Harvard Medical School, Ivana was the co-president of the American Women’s Medical Association’s Harvard chapter, co-president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the student-run journal of literature and the arts (thirdspacejournal.org), and she served on the Committees on Admissions and Financial Aid as a student representative. For her research on ethical decision-making of physicians during armed conflict, Ivana was awarded the Soma Weiss Award for Excellence in Research, and she presented her work at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health and at the International Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. Ivana also researched the effects of exposure to arts and humanities in medical education on medical students’ resilience and risk of burnout, and for two years served as a Teaching Assistant for Training the Eye: The Art of Physical Diagnosis class at Harvard Medical School. She worked as an instructor for a number of other classes at the school and spent a semester as a Teaching Fellow in a Science of Living Systems class at Harvard University. In her spare time, Ivana serves her community as a youth mentor and looks for ways to incorporate arts and humanities into the medical training of physicians.

 

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PGY 1 Research Track Resident

Natalie Feldman
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Natalie was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She majored in Psychology at Harvard, and worked on cognitive neuropsychology research. After college, she worked at a Bipolar and Mood Disorders Clinic in California, and then completed a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago. She is on the research track at BWH, and is interested in Women’s Mental Health and technological innovations in psychiatry. She enjoys theater, knitting, spinning, and attempting overly ambitious cooking projects.
 

 

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PGY 2 Categorical Residents

Chinedu Anyaeji
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Chinedu was born in the Southern part of Nigeria where he spent the first seventeen years of his life. He moved to Texas at seventeen (after completing high school) and was at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Biomedical Engineering. After college, he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after which he was admitted to the college track program of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine with the Cleveland Clinic. During medical school, he returned to the NIH where he examined age-related functional connectivity differences between autistic individuals and typically developing individuals. He developed a passion for the brain and mental health disorders during his time in medical school and is very excited to be doing his Psychiatry Residency at Brigham and Women’s. He loves laughing with family and friends and enjoys science fiction and fantasy movies and novels. He is also a huge fan of sonnets, especially Shakespearean sonnets.

 

Alicia Hanson
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

I was born and raised in San Diego, California.  I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from UCLA.  I spent several summers during college studying bottlenose dolphin brains with the US Navy.  My favorite college memories are when I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain!  I went to medical school at the University of California, Davis.  I am interested in early psychosis, child/adolescent psychiatry, and neuroimaging.  I live with my husband Bart and my dog Mac.  I like playing ping-pong, drawing, painting, reading, and watching Red Sox games.

Hema Kher
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

I’m a native Floridian, born and raised in Daytona Beach. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where I studied health science and public health. My interest in public health led me to the University of Miami, where I was part of the combined MD/MPH program. I was thrilled to move to Boston as my first home away from Florida, and I’m proud to say I survived my first winter here. At this point in my training, I am interested in geriatric or neuro-psychiatry, but I am looking forward to learning about the many different opportunities within psychiatry.  In my spare time, I enjoy participating in fitness classes and hope to one day become a certified Spinning instructor! I also enjoy hiking, cooking, eating out with my co-residents, and reading.

Ranjani Logaraj
University of Illinois College of Medicine

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and went to the University of Chicago for undergrad, where I majored in Biology and International studies (with a dual focus on French literature and global health) and where my interests evolved from research in the basic sciences, to public health, and finally, to medicine. In particular, I spent the summer before my senior year volunteering at an NGO in India designing and implementing various public health initiatives, which helped me realize how much I enjoyed working directly with patients. Upon my return to Chicago, I wrote my BA thesis on the history and economics of healthcare delivery in India, and after graduation, I spent a year in DC doing clinical research on Congenital Muscular Dystrophy at the NIH. I went back to Chicago for med school at UIC, where I had the opportunity to work with an ethnicaly and socioeconomically diverse patient population and grew more interested health policy and health disparities, and began to think more deeply about the biopsychosocial determinants of health. As a fourth year, I had a hard time choosing between psychiatry, med/psych, and medicine (but I absolutely made the right decision in the end). Coming to BWH for residency is the first time in my adult life that I’ve left Chicago for an extended period of time, and while being away from my family and all my friends at home has been a real adjustment, I’m absolutely thrilled to be at such an amazing program in a vibrant city with wonderful, passionate, mentors and colleagues. My interests in psychiatry (as of right now) include health policy, medical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s mental health, and global mental health. In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing creative things, exploring Boston and New England (and more far-flung locales when time and money allow), doing crosswords, cooking and eating delicious things, and of course hanging out with my fabulous co-residents!

Michael McLaughlin
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Hi, my name is Michael McLaughlin.  I was born in Connecticut, but grew up in a small coastal town in eastern North Carolina with my parents, sister, and two dogs.  I went to Duke University for undergrad where I majored in Public Policy, and developed an interest in social justice and racial health disparities.  After college, I moved to Washington, DC where I worked for HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS.  I returned to school at the University of Maryland where I studied Chemistry and Biology.  In medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, I conducted basic science research in hepatocellular carcinoma, and studied statin use and pulmonary function in patients with HIV.  I took a leadership role in my school’s LGBT physician group, organizing workshops on Transgender health and helping to integrate LGBT health issues into the curriculum.  I developed an interest in addiction psychiatry during my core clerkship in Psychiatry. I am extremely excited to continue my training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where addiction training is so strong.  I have been delighted to find supportive mentors and colleagues at BWH who share my fascination for psychiatry and genuinely care about my well-being.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, musicals (especially Hamilton), swimming, and reading.  

Matthew J. Mosquera
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Matthew Mosquera attended college in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University, majoring in Science Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health. After his undergraduate studies, Matthew remained at Georgetown University to complete a Masters program in physiology and biophysics that focused on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This program laid the foundation for one of his greatest passions in medicine: wellness and mind-body medicine. After Georgetown, he moved onto Northwestern University in Chicago for medical school. Throughout his time in medical school, Matthew worked on various research projects related to developing a wellness curriculum and stress scale for medical students. He plans to expand upon these projects and interests in residency and beyond.  Within the world of psychiatry, his current interests reside in the fields of addiction medicine, neuropsychiatry, and mind-body medicine.

Rachael Rosales
Harvard Medical School

Rachael grew up in northern Alabama, and she had quite the adventure when she moved to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School. She studied Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and she generally enjoyed doing lots of atypical pre-med activities. She was excited to join the new Brigham psychiatry residency program because she saw the potential to have a lot of autonomy and flexibility that would help her maximize her education. Her professional interests include bioethics, medical education, and physician wellness. Her personal interests include befriending dogs, discussing the intersections of pop culture and culture-at-large, and bodyweight training.

PGY 2 Research Track Residents

Sarah Earp
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sarah was a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology as well as Music Major at Emory University. In medical school, she was accepted into Case Western’s College Program, a 5‐year collaborative program. There she did a year of research investigating visual systems in mouse models and has received a number of training grants for her research. She was also involved with the admission committee, volunteered for public animal welfare society of Ohio and free clinics. Initially interested in ophthalmology, she became increasingly interested in the behavioral sciences and plans to translate her previous work into the psychiatric setting.

Natalie O. Fedotova
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Natasha was a Psychology major at Princeton and obtained her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology at U Penn.  In medical school, she was selected for the pathway of emphasis in genetics and genomics and participated in the ACMGF Summer Genetics Scholars program.  She was the President of the Genetics Student Interest Group and the Academic Medicine group and has volunteered as a coordinator in free clinics.  Her interests include C-L psychiatry and clinical research.  Having taught multiple college courses in Psychology before medical school, she is also interested in medical education.

Heather Burrell Ward 
Duke University School of Medicine

I attended Williams College in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, where I majored in chemistry. I first developed an interest in psychiatry as a clinical research coordinator at the Harvard/MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, where I ran smoking cessation clinical research studies in people with severe mental illness. I attended medical school at Duke, where my passion for psychiatry continued to grow. There, I conducted research on the role of tobacco in the development of first episode psychosis. I was thrilled to return to Boston to join the inaugural class of the Brigham & Women’s Residency Program! In residency, I have continued to conduct research in neurostimulation (ECT, TMS) and emergency psychiatry. I am interested in pioneering novel treatments in interventional psychiatry. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time in Maine – mostly just being outdoors!

PGY 3 Residents

Sara Armaiz
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Sara was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where she was homeschooled until the age of 16 when she was accepted into the University of Puerto Rico Cayey Campus in Natural Sciences with a concentration in chemistry. While completing her BS she pursued an interest in research and worked with Dr. Otano in the field of material sciences trying to develop hydrogen sensors using nano-films. Sara was able to present her work at various local meetings. After graduating Suma Cumlaude and having been awarded medals for excellence in Chemistry and Research, she was accepted as a medical student at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Here she became involved in various community service groups including “recinto pa la calle” or “our school to the streets” where medical students provided basic medical care, food and clothing to the homeless population in Puerto Rico. She continued to have an interest in research, and in 2014 was awarded a research fellowship through the Medical Research Scholars program were she worked in the NICHD in the Section of growth and Obesity were she was able to work with Dr. Yanovski on both the physiological and psychological effects of obesity in children’s development. She was able to present her work in various National meetings including The Obesity Society and The Endocrine Society.  Afterward, Sara returned to her home institution to finish her last year as a medical student and was admitted into her school’s AOA chapter. 

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Jennifer Batel
New York University School of Medicine

Jennifer Batel is originally from Long Island, NY. She has an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from Harvard College and an MD from New York University School of Medicine. Jennifer is interested in college mental health and addiction psychiatry with research experience in first-episode psychosis. She enjoys dance, yoga, hiking, and exploring the city with friends. 

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Katie Boyle
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

I am most recently from Florida with a degree in Biology from Florida State University and attended the University of Central Florida for medical school. My interests in psychiatry continue to evolve but include college mental health, women’s mental health, and psychosis. Outside of academics, I like to do anything outdoors including hiking and kayaking- we’re always looking for new spots to explore. Food is also one of my lifetime passions and enjoy checking out new restaurants as well as cooking at home. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Boston and the surrounding area- there is always something to do/new places to explore!

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Jennie Davidow, MD
New York Medical College

I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended college at Boston University, where I majored in political science with a minor in psychology. While at BU, I did research on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for hoarding disorder, as well as on the social psychology involved in international conflict. After graduating, I traveled to Rwanda to work with HIV positive adolescents to develop ways to improve their treatment adherence. I then attended medical school at New York Medical College, where I continued to study treatment adherence, this time in patients with diabetes. My interests within psychiatry are fairly broad, and currently include psychotherapy, consult/liaison psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Outside of psychiatry, I play the piano and viola and enjoy musical theater and watching Netflix.

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Katie Gallardo
Creighton University School of Medicine

Hi, I’m Katie from Phoenix, AZ.  I’ve moved around a bit but spent most of my life in Arizona, completing my undergrad at The University of Arizona in Tucson.  After getting my BS in Psychology, I took a “gap year” where I traveled to South America for medical volunteer work, visited family in Ecuador, and worked as a barista.  I went on to complete medical school at Creighton in Omaha, NE.  The school has a regional campus in Phoenix for clinical rotations, so I completed third and fourth year in Phoenix.  Since undergrad, I have had a feeling that Psychiatry would be my career path, and this was confirmed while on my psychiatry rotation at both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center as well as Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  I love that Psychiatry allows me the ability to cultivate abstract thinking.  Ideally I’d like to work with both children and adults some day.   I’m thrilled to be part of the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program!  One of my ultimate goals is to unite my passion for psychiatry with my passion for yoga.  In my eyes, the possibilities are endless.  I recently completed my yoga teacher training 200-hour certification at Sutra Studios in Phoenix, AZ.  I also enjoy hiking, pretending to be a foodie, and spending inordinate amounts of time listening to music on Spotify.  

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Ryan Henner, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Born the eldest of three siblings and raised in “Hotlanta,” I have strived to balance roots and wings. Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA was home for my undergraduate years, and I returned to the Georgia clay for medical school. Although I ran competitively in high school and college, my new-found love for yoga and meditation has led me to seek new trails. What was a fun exercise has taken root as a passion, and I am now pursuing an integration of psychiatry and practices of awareness.

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Clare Herickhoff, MD
Creighton University School of Medicine

Hi, my name is Clare Herickhoff!  I’m from Minnesota originally, and I went to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for undergraduate and medical school.  For the last 2 years of medical school, I lived in Phoenix, Arizona with my wonderful friends and cat, Josie.   I’m interested in psychosomatics and child & adolescent psychiatry.  My interests outside of psychiatry include doing puzzles, reading, hanging out at the pool (ah, Phoenix life), and eating delicious food.

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Katherine Kosman, MD, MBA
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Katherine Kosman graduated Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, obtained an MD from Dartmouth, and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to training in psychiatry, Dr. Kosman began her medical residency with a surgical year at UCSF-East Bay and residency training in anesthesiology at MGH, ultimately transitioning to psychiatry in order to help others more holistically including a focus on psychotherapy. Dr. Kosman is especially interested in helping others navigate parenting stressors and women’s mental health, including postpartum, conception, and perinatal concerns. In addition, Dr. Kosman holds strong interest in trauma work, having pursued projects in trauma-informed care and completed electives in PTSD and grief. Given her previous employment at an engineering company, a management consulting firm, and in other medical specialties, Dr. Kosman is sensitive to the emotional needs of working professionals and medical providers, and the connection between psychiatry and topics of resiliency and burnout. Dr. Kosman proudly serves a diverse patient population, has written academic work on the need for transgender education in psychiatry, and fosters an inclusive community. An avid reader, she leads the newly created Harvard Psychiatry Book Club. In her spare time, she also enjoys traveling and writing.

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Jennifer McMahon, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Jen McMahon grew up in Cincinnati and completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University.  She then became involved in research on vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before matriculating at University of Cincinnati for medical school.  While in medical school, she volunteered at a free clinic, taught a mental health class to women recovering from substance abuse, and became involved in research in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for children.  She is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.  In her free time, she enjoys running half-marathons and yoga.

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Rebecca Munro, MD

University of Kansas School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska. Master’s in psychology at UC David. Medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Prior clinical research in pediatric neurosurgery. Clinical interests in women’s mental health, attachment and OCD. 

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Nathaniel Roysden, MD
Harvard Medical School

Nathan studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Nevada in Reno. He attended medical school at Harvard where his research involved the creation of machine learning algorithms to predict outcomes of behavioral health interventions. Nathan’s interests include programming and data science, music, reading, dancing, and skiing.

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Mia Savagian, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids

I was born in Redondo Beach, California but moved to the Detroit area suburbs at the age of 9 for my dad’s job in the auto industry.  My two younger sisters and I had the quintessential suburban childhood, and my youth was consumed with sports and sports teams.  Needless to say, I have really great parents, who spent way too many years of their lives as taxi drivers!  I eventually went away to undergrad at Hope College, a small, liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, which is located near the coast of Lake Michigan.  There, I became immersed in medicinal chemistry research, specifically the organic synthesis of molecules thought to inhibit transcription by binding to the minor groove of DNA.  While I loved Chemistry, my experience as a CNA is what drew me to pursue medicine, and I applied to medical school.  I attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan for med school, but really had no idea that Psychiatry would be my calling until my 3rd year clinical rotations.  It was then that I realized my tendency for choosing patients with psychiatric histories (as well as to ask too many personal questions for non-psychiatric problems…) as well as my fascination in what factors make people more vulnerable or resilient to psychiatric disease.  While I am unsure of where I would like to specialize, I have a special interest in psychopharmacology, the schizophrenia prodrome, as well as forensics.

Outside of Psychiatry, I am avid runner and have completed 5 marathons (note the use of the word of “completed” and not “competed”)!  One of my lifelong dreams is to run in the Boston Marathon, and now that I will be living in Boston, I hope to make that happen.  Other fun facts about me: I currently live with my geologist fiancé, also a runner, who I met while in undergrad.  I love the beach, scary movies, trashy TLC programming (e.g. “My Strange Addiction”), and frequenting self-serve frozen yogurt establishments.

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Lauren Tollack, MD
Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Amarillo

Hello!  My name is Lauren.  I was born and bred in Dallas, Texas.  Shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2009, medical school introduced me to the Panhandle- to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  TTUHSC gifted me a number of opportunities, including the ability to participate in the development of a virtual reality psychosis simulation, intended to familiarize medical students with the symptoms of schizophrenia and ultimately to cultivate empathy toward those patients who live with the disease.

With regard to the field, in addition to medical education, my interests are many, including community psychiatry, psychosomatics, and palliative medicine, and I look forward to developing my interests further.  Outside of psychiatry, I enjoy reading, cooking, hiking and yoga- I’m a simple woman, and enjoy simple pleasures.   I am wholly grateful for the mentorship and camaraderie received from and shared with the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech, and felt similarly at home amongst the community cultivated within Harvard Longwood. 

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Sara Vasudeva, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

I grew up in Warren, NJ a town 40 minutes east of Manhattan. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, FL. There I developed a love for psychology and its connection to medicine while working in a psycho-oncology research lab on a project looking at the determinants of health-related quality of life in advanced prostate cancer survivors.

After undergrad, I returned to the Northeast (and unfortunately to its snowy winters), to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY. I loved my experience there and truly enjoyed working with the underserved populations in the Bronx. During my third year of medical school, my idea that psychiatry was the right fit for me was confirmed. My interests within psychiatry are psychosomatic medicine, collaborative care, community psychiatry, and psychotherapy all of which I am excited to further explore at Harvard Longwood.

Some of the things I enjoy outside of medicine are yoga, watching more Bravo TV than I’d like to admit, and spending time with my boyfriend, Frank, who is an internal medicine resident at BIDMC. We are foodies, and while sad to leave all the great NYC restaurants, we are super excited to explore a whole new culinary scene in Boston! We also love traveling, Netflix marathons, and cooking!

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PGY 3 Research Track Resident

Marguerite Schneider, MD, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Maggie Schneider completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Boston College. After college, she was an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow at NIMH, working in a lab that used neuroimaging techniques to study the underpinnings of callous and unemotional traits in youth. She then completed MD/PhD training at the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation research looked for neuroimaging and executive function markers of risk, progression, and medication response in youth with and at familial risk for bipolar disorder. Here at Longwood, she is a research track resident, and her long-term goals are to pursue child and adolescent fellowship and research focused on prevention and early intervention for youth at high risk for bipolar and psychotic disorders. She is also interested in medical humanities, medical education, and resident wellness, and is conducting research looking for biomarkers of risk for depression during medical training.

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PGY 4 Residents

Jamie Cohen, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

I am originally from Long Island, very close to Billy Joel’s old stomping grounds.  Though I very much enjoyed my younger years, I decided for a change of scenery after high school, and moved up to Maine where I attended Bowdoin College.  My interests throughout this time were fairly split between Government (my major), specifically Political Theory (my concentration), and Biology (my minor). 

During college, I spent some time working on summer lobster heart physiology research, coordinating an organization that brought student music to local places in the community, like hospitals and nursing homes nearby, joining a swing dancing club, and playing the guitar at any college events I could find. 

I went straight through to medical school at Tufts.  I enjoyed multiple third year rotations there, but I found that psychiatry was absolutely the best specialty for me.  I found myself drawn to the incredibly varied and unique stories of patients who were on the psychiatry in-patient unit, and the powerful and meaningful effect that things like psychotherapy and psychotropic medications could have on helping to make people feel better. 

 I am trying to keep an open mind as to what my future focus in psychiatry may be.  That being said, I have some ideas, which may include out-patient adult psychiatry, with current special interest in personality disorders and anxiety disorders.

Some of my interests outside of medicine include playing music, currently my most frequently used instrument is the guitar, singing, jogging, and reading.  I also very much enjoy spending time with my wife, and planning for the arrival of our first child this fall.  Overall, I am so excited to be continuing with psychiatry residency at such an outstanding place this year!

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Brittany Crowley, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

Being a native Vermonter, I have a greater-than-normal love of autumn foliage, snowflakes, and all things maple-flavored. I grew up with my parents and older sister in a small town just outside of Burlington, VT. College led me to Connecticut, where I graduated with a degree in biology, a minor in sociology, and an obsession with UConn Huskies basketball. My decision to leave New England for graduate and medical school in Philadelphia was a tough one, but 5 years of living amongst Phillies fans did nothing to diminish my passion for the Red Sox.

I plan to pursue a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. My interest in the field came from a love of working with children and families (and evolved from a dream I once had to be a pediatrician!) I have a particular interest in treating patients with autism as well as a love of working with LGBT youth.  I co-authored a ‘Letter to the Editor’ in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology on the use of topiramate for weight loss in patients with autism spectrum disorder. This work developed during the time I spent on an elective at the Lurie Center for Autism at MGH as a 4th year medical student.

In my move up to Boston from Philly I was joined by my 5-year-old dog, Moose. He’s a rat terrier with indispensable energy and great enthusiasm for long hikes and peanut butter dog treats. His dad (my boyfriend) is a former EMT and a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vermont. I love snowboarding New England when my schedule allows, watching football on Sundays, and trying out new (spicy) vegetarian recipes.

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Nerissa Duchin, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Nerissa was born and raised in Massachusetts and completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University and medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is currently chief resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and is interested in community psychiatry. Interests include spending time with family and friends, spending time outside, and playing board games.

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Megan Dawson, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Completed a bachelor’s of science in biology, focusing on comparative anatomy.  She then worked in research before attending medical school at Penn State Hershey.  She is currently a 4th year resident primarily working at the Brigham outpatient psychiatry clinic.  She is interested in geriatric psychiatry, psychoanalysis and consult psychiatry. 

Megan Dawson

Brady Lonergan, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA for undergraduate education. Majored in Ancient History. Attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine for medical education. Previous research experience looking at patient opinions regarding composite endpoints relating to heart health and more recently relating to transcranial magnetic stimulation. History of medicine research experience specifically relating to the role of the Orthodox Church in Byzantine healthcare. Specific interests within psychiatry include thought disorders and medical psychiatry. Current HLPRTP/BWH program co-chief.

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Omar Mazher, MD
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Auburn University (War Eagle!). I subsequently worked as a pharmacy technician and academic/student-athlete tutor before completing my medical degree at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. My interests currently are inpatient psychiatry and pain medicine. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and playing soccer and racquetball. I have an interest in different languages, cultures, music, and international cuisine.

Damien Miran, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School

My two brothers and I grew up in Rochester, NY. In high school my younger brother and I wrestled on our school team and spent a lot of time traveling to different tournaments. After high school my older brother and I studied at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where I studied molecular genetics and Spanish. During college I studied abroad in Spain and was involved in different film related activities like managing the campus movie theater for a year. During the summers in college and high school, I worked in my family’s business where I ran a hot dog car in downtown Rochester. After graduating I moved to Dallas, TX for medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern. I knew early on that I was interested in psychiatry and later developed interests in addiction and forensic psychiatry. I was also interested in global health and worked in clinics and hospitals in Mexico, Ecuador, and Portugal during medical school. Outside of psychiatry I like hiking and being outdoors. I spend most of my non-work time watching movies.

Damien Miran

Katiuska Ramirez, MD
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but my parents are from Lima, Peru. We moved to the U.S. when I was five-years-old, and I grew up in a vibrant Hispanic community in South Florida. I completed a double major in Biology and Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Go Gators! After graduating from UF, I returned to South Florida to attend the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. I was thrilled to enjoy Cuban bread and cortaditos on a regular basis again. I was the first person in my family to attend college, and then four years later, I became the first person in my family to attend medical school. I am incredibly appreciative of my parents’ support and hard-working example. Currently, I have an interest in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as community psychiatry. Outside of psychiatry, my interests include Latin American literature, animated movies, nature shows, forensic shows, musicals, and music concerts.

Katiuska Ramirez

Cara Toretta, MD
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Cara was an engineering major at MIT where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Following her Masters program, she worked for a management consulting company in Boston that focused on healthcare. Subsequently joined the charter class of a new medical school – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan. During medical school she was active in AMWA and was a founding member of the campus chapter. Cara enjoys playing ice hockey, cooking, the visual/performing arts and traveling. She is currently the Longwood co-program chief resident.

Cara Toretta

Jennifer van Lunteren, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Jenny was born and raised outside Cleveland, Ohio and attended college at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where she majored in psychology and volunteered at the National Institutes of Health.  After taking a year to work in a basic science tuberculosis lab at Case Western Reserve University and another year to study the post-war mental health of civilians at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, she attended medical school at Saint Louis University and then moved to Boston for residency.  Her areas of interest in psychiatry include PTSD, psychotherapy and global mental health.  She enjoys cooking, traveling, dogs and visiting national parks.

Jennifer van Lunteren

Scott Walker, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

As part of my MPH, I produced a video in Haitian Creole that focused on diabetes education on individuals with newly diagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes.  Prior to medical school, I began a PhD in Art History at Boston University, which I decided to put on hold after receiving my Masters.  After I graduated with my Bachelors from Emory University, I spent 2 years in Matsuyama, Japan teaching English, which allowed me to travel around Japan and other parts of Asia.  

I was excited to return to Boston after being away for 6 years.  This time I am bringing my significant other, Fabio, who will be totally new to Boston.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outside – hiking, canoeing, kayaking.  I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes (Italian dishes are my favorite!).  

Scott Walker

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Daniel Talmasov, MD
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

I was born in New York City to a Russian-speaking family, and grew up in the densely multicultural borough of Queens, which was always interesting. Pursuing my undergraduate and medical studies in the New York state school system, at Stony Brook University, I developed a passion for basic research, focusing on the neurobiology of focal dystonias as an undergradate, and later as a medical student, studying molecular changes associated with acute radiation syndromes, eventually outlining a previously unrecognized radioprotective role for a well-studied transcription factor in developmental biology​ (Krüppel-like factor 4).

I discovered my clinical passion in psychiatry and neurology by rotating through my medical school’s emergency psychiatry service and its neurological ICU. I maintain a clinical interest in the neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of critically ill patients, and a more general interest in the study of cognitive and behavioral symptoms arising from discrete brain pathology. More recently, I’ve developed an interest in disorders with parallel disturbances of both thought and movement, characterized either by repetitive behaviors or behavioral arrest (eg. OCD/tic disorders, Parkinson’s disease, stereotypies, catatonia, and autism). 

Outside of my clinical work, I love traveling, visual art, dance, and theater, and have enjoyed volunteering as performer in politically activist street theater for several years.

Daniel Talmasov

Samir Awasthi, MD, PhD
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

I’m from Dinuba, a small city in California’s Central (San Joaquin) Valley. I was born and raised in that area until I went off to high school in Santa Barbara (Cate School). From there, I moved to Boston for undergrad and a masters at MIT. I returned to California for the MD-PhD program at UC Davis, where I did research at the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology. There, I adapted techniques in nonlinear optics to address specific challenges in molecular and regenerative cardiology. In Psychiatry, I’m interested in applying my background in optical engineering to the development of interfaces that allow us to probe neurocircuitry in freely behaving animals. Clinically, I’m interested in neuromodulation and its integration with the broader practice of Psychiatry.

Some of the things I enjoy: craft beer, wine, cooking, aviation, staying in shape when I can, and succumbing to laziness. Also: planning my next trip and plotting my return to California. By coincidence, I now live in a former brewery that was converted into lofts, in Jamaica Plain.

Samir Awasthi
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