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Alyssa Ehrlich
Harvard Medical School 

Alyssa graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with majors in Neuroscience and Philosophy. At Columbia, she discovered a passion for near-peer teaching and worked as a teaching assistant and tutor throughout college. During medical school at Harvard, Alyssa spent a year working in a translational hepatology laboratory investigating clinical and genomic predictors of hepatic fibrosis progression in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease while funded by an NIH T32 predoctoral research fellowship. In medical school, she also founded an online education company that helps medical students prepare for standardized exams like the USMLE. Prior to joining Brigham Psychiatry, Alyssa completed her internship in internal medicine at Stanford University. Professionally, she is interested in medical education, psychotherapy, women’s mental health, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Alyssa’s hobbies include speed chess, improv and sketch comedy, hot yoga, figure skating, downhill skiing, and playing with her corgi.

 

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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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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 inpatient psychiatry and neurotherapeutics. 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, where she studied the functional connectivity of higher-order visual cognition using 3T and 7T fMRI methods. In medical school at Brown, Cynthia developed an interest in arts interventions in patient care. She pioneered a study investigating live music on symptomology in palliative care patients, of which the narrative medicine part was 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 psycho-oncology, interventional psychiatry, and psychotherapy. Cynthia’s hobbies playing music (flute), figure skating, acroyoga (a form of acrobatics and partner balancing yoga), hiking, skiing and photography.

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Pranav Reddy
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Pranav majored in Political Science and Microbiology at the Ohio State University. In college, he researched the impact of hypoxia on transcriptional responses in neonatal mice, served as a legislative aide in the Parliament of Canada, and defended a thesis on political philosophy and healthcare reform in southern India. After college, he worked with Calcutta Kids, a maternal and child health NGO in West Bengal, India where he implemented use of behavior change indices and started a pediatric diarrhea treatment center. In medical school, Pranav established a design incubator (Design+Health), founded Rhode Island’s asylum clinic, and taught bioethics to high school students. Pranav also conducted research in Santiago, Dominican Republic on retention of pregnant women in HIV care. After medical school, he obtained a Master in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School with a concentration in social and urban policy. There, he studied public narrative and crisis leadership and researched links between civil rights, housing, and health. Prior to joining Brigham, he trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale. Pranav is interested in intergenerational trauma, epidemiology and epistemology of psychiatry, and psychoneuroendocrinology during fetal development and over the human life course. He enjoys hitting the courts (basketball, squash, and tennis), magical realism in literature and film, and scented candles.

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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 magna cum laude from Duke University, where he majored in neuroscience and Spanish. At Duke School of Medicine, he engaged in many research projects through his medical school’s Neurodegenerative Disease Retinal Imaging initiative and Autoimmune Brain Disorder clinic before becoming interested in a career in child psychiatry. During residency, James’ interests have led to numerous pursuits related to the diagnosis, treatment, and support of persons with neurodevelopmental disorders. Professionally, he is interested in child psychiatry, neurodevelopmental disorders, LGBTQ+ health, psychopharmacology, and medical education. James’ hobbies include travelling, weightlifting, and playing with his chihuahua and yorkipoo. 

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Research Track Residents

Matthew Baum
Harvard Medical School

Matt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University; an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Trinity College, Dublin (where he was a George Mitchell Scholar); a D.Phil. in Neuroethics from Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar); and an M.D. and Ph.D. (in Neuroscience) from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the book, “The Neuroethics of Biomarkers: What the Development of Bioprediction Means for Moral Responsibility, Justice, and the Nature of Mental Disorder” (published by Oxford University Press), which was awarded the Carol Davis Ethics prize by the American Psychiatric Association for an “outstanding contribution to literature on the ethics of psychiatry”; He has given plenary lectures on the Neuroethics of biomarkers at the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society, the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting, has taught medical ethics at Oxford and Harvard. His neuroscientific work at Harvard focused on the complement cascade, and its regulation, in a synaptic pruning hypothesis of schizophrenia; for this work, he received the Sanger Award graduation prize for research related to psychiatry. During residency, he hopes to develop an integrated scientific, neuroethical, and clinical pursuit of immune-molecule dysfunction in psychosis and mood disorders. He is currently interested in immunological biomarker discovery in bipolar disorder, workup of secondary psychoses, pharmacogenomics, and is a recipient of the NIMH outstanding resident award. Matt also enjoys fermentation (intellectual and actual), a collaborative pursuit that has yielded “Microgli-Ale”, a tribute to the brain cells that engulf synaptic components, and a beer to be “engulfed responsibly”.

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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 and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Development Biology. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine for his MD and PhD. During graduate school, he investigated how 3D chromatin architecture modulates circadian gene expression, which led to a first-author publication in Science. For his thesis work, he received numerous research awards, including the Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation. In medical school, he founded a student interest group, the Precision Medicine Initiative, to foster translational research in personalized diagnostics and therapeutics. Yong is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Appel Graduation Award for his outstanding performance in psychiatry and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Travel Award. His clinical interests include novel psychopharmaceutical discovery and psychiatric genetics. Yong enjoys kickboxing and outdoor activities, including hiking and fishing.

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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, she served as co-president of the AOA honor society and the co-founder of the infectious disease student interest group. Her PhD research entailed developing a computational method for identifying rare genetic variants that contribute to the development of autism. Currently, her clinical interests are in perinatal psychiatry, and while in residency she co-founded the trainee interest group Repro Psych Trainees (www.repropsychtrainees.com). She is an APA Leadership Fellow and AWP Alexandra Symonds fellow. Outside of work, she enjoys reading sci-fi and watching NCAA gymnastics!

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