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Nichola Haddad
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Nikki graduated from Brown University with a major in Health and Human Biology. During her senior year of college, Nikki created and led her own course “Music as Medicine”. In medical school, Nikki created an arts-based curriculum in medical education and was an advocate at a sexual assault and trauma center. Nikki was active on her student health council, student wellness board and was the co-founder for the medical humanities societies group. Nikki completed research aimed at understanding the relationship between OCD trials and treatment outcomes in OCD clinic. She also studied the attitudes and behaviors surrounding sexual and reproductive health in female IBD patients. Nikki’s interests are in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. Her hobbies include singing, playing guitar, and attending barre and yoga classes.

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Amanda Kim
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Amanda was a Psychology major at Northwestern University where she was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She then graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD prior to working as an attorney at Sidley Austin. Amanda has also been a volunteer attorney at the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and a volunteer French and Spanish interpreter at the Marjorie Kovler Center, where she worked with survivors of political torture. Amanda became involved with opioid policy early on in medical school, and took time off after her second year to serve as the Deputy Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at the Illinois Department of Public Health, directing statewide opioid initiatives. She has also studied pre-prohibition era psychedelics and functional neurological disorders, contributing to a review article. Her interests include addiction psychiatry, public psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Amanda enjoys playing classical piano and harp, yoga, travel, and learning languages.  

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Yong Hoon Kim
Perelman School of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 

Yong graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude, with Department Honors, and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Development Biology. While in medical school, Yong completed his Ph.D. studying how circadian rhythms are controlled by short regulatory DNA sequences called enhancers, with a specific focus on the epigenomic function of transcriptional repressor Rev-erb alpha. Yong served on the board of Penn’s APAMSA as Hepatitis B chair where he  liaised between Penn medical students and the local community organization, Hep B United Philadelphia, to organize a weekly Hepatitis B screening clinic for underserved Asian immigrants. Yong also volunteered at a medical clinic for the homeless and was a member of APSA, AAAS, and Phi Beta Kappa. His interests include academic psychiatry, psychiatric genetics, and cultural psychiatry. Yong enjoys outdoor activates including fishing, hiking, and kickboxing.

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Maria Kryatova
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Maria graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a major in biology and then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies. In college, Maria created and taught a free MCAT preparatory course for low-income pre-medical students. During medical school Maria spent two years conducting research in a genetics laboratory where she studied the role transposable elements play in human disease while funded by a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She also volunteered with MERIT, an organization that helps low-income Baltimore City high school students with an interest in health professions prepare for the SAT and for college. Maria is interested in mood disorders and psychiatric genetics. She enjoys theater, foreign movies, hiking, and has a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Kritika Kulkarni
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Kritika graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences. In college and through medical school, she volunteered at the First Trinity Homeless Ministry to provide lunches and companionship to homeless residents. Kritika served as a guest columnist for an online Indian magazine on the topics of personal development, mental health and wellness within the South Asian community. Kritika also studied the physical and psychosocial effects of breast reduction in adolescent patients as well as, the most common types of secondary malignancies in patients with circulating tumor cells. Kritika is interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry, global mental health, cross cultural psychiatry, palliative care and psycho-oncology. Her hobbies include fitness and weightlifting, coffee shop exploration, and dance.

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Cynthia Peng
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Cynthia graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to medical school, she was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the Lab of Brain and Cognition at the NIH and also worked as a laboratory manager at George Washington University. In medical school at Brown, Cynthia developed an interest in arts interventions in patient care. She pioneered a study investigating live music on symptomology and narrative medicine, parts of which were published in JAMA Oncology. She has also studied the impact of reflective writing and a painting program on quality of life in chemotherapy patients. Cynthia is interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry, palliative care, and psycho-oncology. Cynthia’s hobbies playing music (flute), figure skating, acro yoga, hiking, skiing and photography.

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CHILD TRACK RESIDENTS

Jessica Haddad
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jessi graduated from Brown University with a major in Psychology. In medical school, Jessi was a member of the AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She was also active in peer mentoring third year medical students. Jessi created a support group for medical students who have experience as patients with physical and mental illnesses. She has served as a victim advocate for patients who are victims of sexual trauma. Jessi is writing a case report and meta-analysis on co-morbid schizophrenia and narcolepsy in the setting of childhood sexual trauma. Her interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, women’s mental health, and consulation-liaison psychiatry. Jessi enjoys singing, barre classes, acting, concerts, sudoku, travel and her rottweiler-pit bull.

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James Powers
Duke University School of Medicine

James graduated from Duke University with a major in Neuroscience and Spanish. In college, James organized multiple medical mission trips to Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Prior to starting medical school, James worked in a translational perinatal brain injury lab studying white mater injury in mice brains after perinatal sepsis. In medical school, James has also been active in Duke med’s APA and LGBTQ groups. James has volunteered with the Autism Society of North Carolina and has helped organize events and a database of resources related to autism and other developmental disabilities. He has completed a case series on myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein antibody positive patients at the Duke Autoimmune Brain Disorders clinic. James also studied how a mutation in certain gene (optineurin) associated with glaucoma leads to mitochondrial dysfunction. James’ interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, psycho-oncology, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and autoimmune encephalitis. James’ hobbies include playing with his chihuahua, boxing, traveling, exercising, making charcuterie boards.

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Research Track Residents

Matthew Baum
Harvard Medical School

Matt graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Prior to starting medical school at Harvard, Matt completed a Master of Science in Neuroscience at Trinity College in Dublin and a Doctorate in Neuroethics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Matt was a member of the Oxford Forum for Medical Humanities and was a Student contributor to the Oxford Practical Ethics Blog.  While completing his MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School, Matt focused his research on investigating schizophrenia risk from a putative negative regulator of the complementor cascade. Matt was a Klingenstein Fellow in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and was a monthly contributor to Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health Blog on the intersection of Medicine, Biotechnology, Law, and Ethics. His interests include psychosis, autoimmune encephalitis, and post-viral encephalitis with psychiatry symptoms.  Matt enjoys beer brewing, wine making, cider making and making bitlong.

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Amanda Koire
Baylor College of Medicine

Amanda graduated from Pomona College with a major in Molecular Biology. She then went on to Baylor College of Medicine to complete her MD/PhD with her PhD work in Quantitative and Computational Biosciences. In medical school, Amanda facilitated and led workshops for children with genetic disorders. She is a member of the AOA and served as co-president of the AOA honor society and the co-founder of the infectious disease student interest group. Amanda completed a retrospective cohort study of over 20,000 women to assess the relative risk of preterm birth in women with or without a history of preterm birth. Her PhD research entailed developing a computational method for identifying rare genetic variants that drive cancer and autism. Amanda is interested in women’s mental health, mood disorders and psychosis. She’s a huge fan of NCAA gymnastics, and also enjoys baking, teaching her cat tricks and calligraphy.

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