Rachel Asher, MD
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.
University of Minnesota Medical School
Diana was a Psychology major and Chemistry minor at the University of Minnesota. She spent time abroad working in Chile as a clinical observation intern for public, private, and community health care facilities while in college. During medical school, she was awarded the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellowship. Diana has volunteered at Planned Parenthood and her student-run clinic.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in General Biology and Economics at the University of Michigan. Her path to becoming a psychiatrist has included a few detours, which she hopes will bring a unique perspective to her work in the field. She spent time working in economic consulting prior to entering medical school. Later, while working as a cardiothoracic surgery resident, she treated many patients with IVDU associated endocarditis. Her experiences with these patients reignited her interest in psychiatry. Her research thus far has focused on the intersection of cardiac surgery and psychiatry, including the psychiatric comorbidities of heart failure. She is also interested in medical education. She is very excited to be back in Boston. Outside of work she enjoys skiing, hiking, yoga and spending time in Vermont with her niece.
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Stephen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Layafette College with a major in Neuroscience. In college, Stephen worked as a mental health technician and a special Olympics swim coach volunteer. Stephen is a member of the AOA at Penn State College of Medicine. Stephen’s research has ranged from studying eating disorders in Drosophila to clinical studies of bipolar disorder.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Ann attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she graduated with a major in Brain and Cognitive Science and a minor in Chemistry. As a medical student, Ann has volunteered at the MIT student mentor group as well as the Phoenix club where she educated inmates about substance use, mental illness, and nutrition. Ann participated in research at the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts that analyzed fetal brain MRIs in down syndrome.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Lauren grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences. While in medical school, Lauren pursued qualitative research that explored the experience of college students with eating disorders. During medical school Lauren was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Lauren’s clinical interests include public psychiatry and women’s mental health. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys exploring new yoga studios, attending spin classes, and spending time with her cat, Finn.
University of Colorado School of Medicine
William was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and majored in Anthropology and Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In college, he developed a passion for global health by volunteering for a health exchange in India dedicated to providing primary healthcare services and health awareness campaigns to rural villages across the Himalayan mountains. He then attended medical school at the University of Colorado where he spent several months working clinically in a high-volume, resource-poor emergency department serving the Khayelitsha township in South Africa. He is a member of the AOA and has conducted research on ED re-visits for mental health concerns. In his free time, he enjoys hiking/backpacking, snowboarding, golfing, writing, listening to any live music, and trying to keep his menagerie of house plants alive.
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Tina graduated from Rice University Houston with a major in mathematical economic analysis. In college, she volunteered at a math and reading program for 4th graders and was the fundraising chair for the Chinese student association. Prior to medical school, Tina worked for Bain and Company as a consultant analyzing energy consumption. During medical school, Tina was a student representative for the TX medical association and volunteered in Guatemala on a medical mission trip. She has worked on several quality improvement projects including the need for 24/7 ICU staff.
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Jessica attended medical school at the Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia)/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, GA where she earned membership in AOA and Alpha Upsilon Phi honor societies and held several student leadership positions after an eight year career as a clinical dietitian in Atlanta. Prior to her dietitian career, Jessica earned a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Georgia. Her Master’s thesis examined the effects of isoflavone-rich soy protein on weight and fat gain in female college students in a randomized controlled trial. Her scholarly work in residency has focused on examining evidence-based nutrition interventions in psychiatry and exploring a role for vitamin K in mood and cognition. Her other clinical and research interests include geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology, neuromodulation, and CL psychiatry. She is serving as the inaugural BWH-McLean chief resident, and she is looking forward to fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at Mass General Brigham in PGY-5. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her 6-month old son and exploring the New England coast with her sun-loving husband.
CHILD TRACK RESIDENTS
University Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Christina graduated with a perfect GPA from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Physiology and Psychology. Prior to medical training, Christina took a gap year and worked as a medical scribe in emergency care. In medical school at the University of Iowa, she was quite active in student government and held several executive board positions including Honor Council President, and won awards for her contributions to the medical school and community. Since starting residency, she has cultivated her passion for treating patients who are gender diverse/transgender and is involved in several projects and committees related to transgender health. She is planning to pursue Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship to ultimately be able to treat gender diverse children with co-morbid mental health challenges. In her free time Christina likes to swim (specifically the backstroke), cliff dive, and explore surrounding breweries.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Glynis was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended Georgetown University and majored in Biology of Global Health. After college, she worked as a teacher at a charter school in Washington DC teaching middle school general science and biology. She went to Jefferson for medical school in Philadelphia, PA where she fell in love with the amazing Philly food scene and the city. In medical school she created and taught mental health programming to young adolescents as co-presidents of both the Jefferson Youth Emergency Services and Refugee Health Partner’s Youth Program. Glynis was thrilled to match into the child track at the Brigham and looks forward to a future career in child and adolescent psychiatry. In her free time, Glynis loves to try new restaurants and explore Boston and New England with her husband, watch or perform improv, and hang out with the best co-residents around.
Research Track Resident
Stanford University School of Medicine
Jacinta graduated from Rice University Houston with a major in Bioengineering, Global Health Technologies. After College, she received the James Wagoner Fellowship Grant with the WHO and developed a tool to look at the commercial potential of medical devices in low resource settings. At Stanford, Jacinta’s scholarly concentration has been in health services and policy research with an application to global health. Jacinta was an AACAP research fellow and has looked at the barriers to CAP in the Bay Area. She has also researched tech based hypnosis for smoking cessation.