Aleenah Ansari
Aleenah Ansari joined the SMAHRT team as a communications intern in March 2017! She is a rising junior at the University of Washington studying Human Centered Design and Engineering, but she's even more passionate about storytelling making nuanced ideas accessible through strong writing! She has worked as a reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington, the UW school newspaper, as well as the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, and she's excited to bring her love of writing and inclusion to the SMAHRT team through engaging social media posts and feature articles. In her free time, Aleenah can be found listening to J. Cole, taking way too many pictures, and writing poetry that she hopes to share with the world some day
Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson is a graduate of the University of Washington's school of Public Health, and worked with the team as an Undergraduate Research Assistant from 2014-2015. He lives in Spokane, where he works for YouthBuild, a division of AmeriCorps.
Alina Arseniev-Koehler
Alina was a SMAHRTie from 2013 to 2015. She was instrumental in our study of Eating Disorder discussion on Twitter, work she continues today as a graduate student at the University of California Los Angeles where she is earning her Ph.D. in sociology.
Katie Bare
Katie is currently the general manager of a staffing and recruiting firm in Madison; she has a daughter named Vivienne.
Libby Brockman
Libby is Program Director at the Jett Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports research and programming for youth with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In early 2015, she was awarded the Jack Weiner Leadership Award for her work with Camp Promise.
Laura Burkhart
Laura Burkhart earned her MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed Family Medicine residency in South Texas. She is currently in the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and pursuing an MPH at UW. Her interests are working with the college population, particularly the intersection of social media on college student’s health behaviors.
Eleanor Cummins
Eleanor Cummins is a graduate of the University of Washington trained in medical anthropology. She has spent much of her life in newsrooms, as a staff writer for The Tri-City Herald and The Daily of UW, and in research labs, including work as the interim communications manager for the NSF-funded Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and a researcher with Seattle Children's SMAHRT. As a Master’s student in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University, she draws heavily on her experiences with the team and insider knowledge of the research process to craft responsible reportage on the intersection of science and culture.
Kim Cowan
Kimberly Cowan joined the SMAHRT in 2014. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature. As the SMAHRT Program Coordinator, Kim handled the team’s administrative duties, and ensured the success of the team's various programs: including the SMAHRT Conference and Summer Scholars. She has contributed to many projects on the team by revising and editing manuscripts, grants, and other publications.
Sydney Friend Sifferman
Sydney Friend Sifferman is a graduate from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications and a B.A. in English. With a passion for the community, she has primarily worked for non-profits like KCTS 9, Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, Seattle Children’s SMAHRT, and most recently Planned Parenthood as a Independent Contractor. At SMAHRT, Sydney helped with writing content and social media posts, and designing SMAHRT’s Summer Scholars brochure and also the SMAHRT website.
Katie Egan
Katie is a medical student at the University of Wisconsin. She has continued to work on Facebook research and is using Facebook to evaluate patient outcomes and opinions of treatments.
Kerry Gannon
Dr. Gannon graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison pediatrics residency and recently started an adolescent medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Delvene Gill
Delvene Gill graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with Honors. She is pursuing a Master in Public Health degree at Columbia University. Within social media and adolescent health, Delvene is interested in how the use of Instagram influences body image perceptions among college women.
Natlie Goniu
Natalie recently graduated from UW Madison’s school of nursing.
Allison Grant
Dr. Grant completed her dissertation from Colorado State University and is currently working as a data analyst.
Jesse Gritton
Jesse Gritton, MPH was a Clinical Research Associate with SMAHRT from 2014-2017. Jesse graduated with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Earlham College. After five years of working in community health programs in Oaxaca, Mexico and Seattle, she pursued a degree in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program at the University of Washington. She has conducted research on concerning mental health disclosures on social media, Marijuana advertising on social media, parental vaccine hesitancy, and Community Health Worker interventions. She has a strong commitment to Community-Based Participatory Research and seeks to bring a health equity lens to all of her work. She is currently working as a Health Systems Manager at the American Cancer Society in Seattle, Washington providing coaching to providers throughout Washington State to increase cancer screening rates among underserved populations.
Allison Hall
Allison joined SMAHRT as part of the Promotions Team in May 2017. She is a junior at Whitman College majoring in Film and Media Studies with a double minor in Psychology and French. She is interested in adolescent mental health and the way in which technology can be used to educate, reduce stigma and encourage healthier choices. She hopes to expand awareness of the SMAHRT through creative and effective use of social media to reach target audiences.
Lucia Jensen
Lucia graduated in June 2014 from UW with a Bachelor's of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology.
Haley Johnson
Haley Johnson joined SMAHRT as part of the promotions team in June 2016. She is a junior at the University of Washington majoring in Communications with a Sales Certificate from the Michael G. Foster School of Business. After college, she plans on pursuing a career in Public Relations. On the team, she is interested in finding how to utilize social media to enhance the spread of messages, and how each social media outlet can be used differently to reach target audiences.
Erin Kelleher
Erin graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has been working in the healthcare field.
James Kelley
James Kelley first joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research assistant and then became a Clinical Research Assistant on the team. He graduated with College Honors from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and completed his thesis in a cognitive neuroscience lab. His main duties on the team included analyzing data from projects aimed to understand displayed health behaviors on social media sites, assisting with a new project that investigated the ways prevention and intervention programs can use social media, and coordinating a study aimed to understand the complex reasons why adolescents choose to do unhealthy behaviors.
Sara Klunk
Sara graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business. She works as a Strategy Analyst at WPS Health Insurance.
Roz Koff
Roz is currently working as a Survey Operations Analyst at NORC at the Universtity of Chicago (National Opinion Research Center) which is a non-profit social science research organization.
Rajitha Kota
Rajitha received her MPH from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012 and worked with SMAHRT in Seattle through 2103. She is currently a medical student at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Kristina Kraninger
Dr. Kraninger is a currently a pediatrics resident at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She is planning for an adolescent medicine fellowship or for primary care with a public health focus. She is involved in the Global Health Track and works weekly at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Milwaukee with predominantly Spanish-speaking patients.
Esther Lam
Esther Lam joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research intern in 2014. After graduating from University of Washington in 2016 with a B.S. in Public Health, she joined the team as a Clinical Research Assistant. As part of the team, she has been involved in various team projects including one which studied how social media promotes unsafe UV exposure behaviors in hopes to better know how to initiate skin cancer prevention efforts in adolescent and young adult populations. Additionally, she has been a part of survey and focus group studies to better comprehend tween’s attitudes, intentions, and behaviors in tech use. In the Fall of 2017, Esther started the UW Master’s in Public Health program specializing in Epidemiology to become better skilled in research methodology and data analysis.
Jeremy Littman
Jeremy Littman was part of the promotions team at SMAHRT. He graduated from Seattle University in 2016 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and minors in Business Administration and Spanish.
Nikita Midamba
Nikita Midamba, M.S. was a clinical research associate with SMAHRT from 2014-2017. Nikita graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of science degree in materials science and engineering and Drexel University with a master of science degree in forensic science. She has conducted research on numerous topics including work on defining Cyberbullying in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice. She also led a project looking at how social media is used to promote indoor tanning, with the long term goal of developing social media interventions to reduce tanning toward the prevention of skin cancer. She is currently working as a clinical research associate in the Therapeutic Development Network at Seattle Children’s overseeing cystic fibrosis clinical trials.
Erika Mikulec
Dr. Mikulec is currently in an OBGYN residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Rediete Moges
Rediete joined the SMAHRT in July of 2016. Rediete is a sophomore at the University of Washington, with intending to major in Public Health and minoring in Global Health. After college, she plans on getting a Master's degree in Global Health and hopefully continuing to get a PhD. In the future, she hopes to open an organization/NGO here in the US and in Ethiopia, to provide education and spread awareness about health and give homes to underrepresented minorities in both countries, especially for children's and women.
Marta Picoto
Marta Picoto joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research assistant in May of 2016. She is a junior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and is majoring in Psychology while on the Pre-Med track. She is interested in the relationship between Greek life and the social pressure to drink amongst adolescents as well as how it may be amplified by social media.
Megan Pumper
Megan Pumper graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Zoology. She joined the team in 2009 and has contributed to projects ranging from evaluation of displayed substance references on social media to the use of a Facebook group to encourage fitness among adolescents.
Vincent Quach
Vincent just finished his first semester of pharmacy school at WSU. He's also been doing a lot of community outreach, including diabetes education, vaccinations, and assisting with Medicare sign-ups, and will be starting a pharmacy internship with Bartell Drugs next year.
Madalyn Rantala
Maddy joined SMAHRT in January of 2017 as an undergraduate research assistant. She is currently a senior at Seattle Central College in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program, and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health or Social Work. Maddy is interested in the role that social media has around violence, such as portraying, encouraging, or being utilized in preventing it. Additionally, she is passionate about discovering the various methods in which social media can be utilized to spread information, ideas, and resources to more vulnerable populations such as sexually exploited teens or homeless youth.
Jesse Rohwer
Jesse Rohwer joined the SMAHRT in September of 2016 as an undergraduate intern in 2016. He is currently a senior in the Applied Behavioral Science Program at Seattle Central College. Jesse is hoping to pursue a Masters degree in public administration after graduating. He is very interested in the ways that technology and social media impact society, especially in regard to youth and young adults.
Cara Beth Rogers
Cara Beth is currently working for Planned Parenthood at a clinic in the Bay Area. She sees patients as a Health Services Specialist and also as a Primary Care Coordinator for the clinic - a position she was recently promoted to. Her goal at this time is to achieve a BSN and become an RN with aspirations of either NP or PA in the future.
Erika Rosen
Erika Rosen joined the SMAHRT in October 2015. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology. She got involved with SMAHRT because she was interested in research as a career and adolescent health is especially intriguing to her. She will attend George Washington University in the fall of 2016 to pursue a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. After George Washington, she plans to work in maternal and child health epidemiology.
Chad Rosevear
Chad joined the team in May of 2016. He is a Biology major at Seattle University, is pre-Med, and will be graduating in 2019. He is interested in researching adolescent social media communities centered around problematic health issues. Additionlly, he was the chair of a Dance Marathon.
Surupa Sarkar
Surupa Sarkar joined the SMAHRT team in October of 2016. Surupa is a senior at the University of Washington completing her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. Surupa is a strong proponent of creating larger scales of substance use health education in high schools and college campuses. Surupa is also highly interested in the ability to use statistical science to understand adolescent trends in social media and internet use. Surupa is passionate about life sciences and is hoping to further her research knowledge with graduate education in the field of biostatistics.
Josh Scheck
Josh joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate intern in October of 2016. He is currently a senior who is on track to double degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Political Science at the University of Washington. After graduating, he hopes to eventually be matriculated in a graduate epidemiology program. With SMAHRT, he investigated how Marijuana retailers may have unintentionally or explicitly targeted adolescents and why people display references about alcohol or other drugs on social media. Additionally, he worked independently on a project investigating how college preparedness organizations facilitate user engagement within their target audience.
Ellen Selkie
Ellen Selkie earned her MD and MPH from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and trained in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She also completed fellowships in Adolescent Medicine and Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) at Seattle Children's for the SMAHRT and the University of Washington. She is now a Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Niharika "Nikki" Singh
Nikki is a Junior at University of Washington pursuing a degree Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in human rights. She is currently working on the Tanning project and began here at SMAHRT in October 2016. Nikki hopes to go on to pursue an MPH and work in either national or international health policy. She is particularly interested in the call to advocate for children and adolescents, who are often not part of the voting population are consequently left out of consideration in major decisions, such as health policy, which results in a major disconnect forming between policy and the needs of youth. She has seen how social media is proving itself to be a vital tool to bridge this disconnect, understand and advocate for youth, as well as a valuable means to spread awareness of health. Nikki feels that by exploring this connection between social media and adolescents we can work toward a more equitable society as a whole. Her independent project hopes to explore Facebook events and risk behaviors.
Jaymin Sohal
Jaymin joined SMAHRT in June 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant. He will be going into his 3rd year at the University of Washington, pursuing a B.S. in Public Health with the intent to go to medical school. Social media cannot be looked at as a medium, "The Medium is the Message" (Marshall McLuhan). Social media is a very real place, where very real things take place: bullying, harassment, and countless crimes. Yet, there is little to no accountability or regulation throughout all platforms. This is alarming, considering adolescent's presence on social media is high. Jaymin is involved in researching and accelerating the integration of regulation on social media to ensure adolescent safety and well-being.
Megan Stein
Megan was a SMAHRTie in the summer of 2017, assisting with a study exploring the motivations of adolescents' unhealthy behaviors. She continues her research work at Western Washington University in labs that aim to improve inclusion and diversity in the psychology department, and understand preschooler responses to marital conflict. Megan also works on her own independent study, looking into preschooler tech use and parents' thoughts on the subject.
Nika Sulakvelidze
Currently working at YouthCare: a homeless services center downtown Seattle as a GED Education program tutor. In the fall, Nika will be starting medical school at the UW.
Nina Suthamjariya
Nina Suthamjariya has been with the SMAHRT since 2014. She has been instrumental in the development of coding materials for a number of the SMAHRT's research projects, most recently on a study aimed at understanding the promotion of tanning salons across the country and their affect on the health of adolescents.
Christian Tinoco Vera
Christian Tinoco Vera joined the SMAHRTeam as an undergraduate in June of 2016. Christian is pursuing a Communications major along with a Business administration minor at the University of Washington – Tacoma. He finds an interest in the advertising and marketing industry and how influential it may be to young adults and their day to day interactions with each other. The extensive use of social media among youth further amplifies the effects of materialism that turns into a display of glamour and luxury. His interest in the SMAHRTeam is to understand how such interactions through social media may affect today’s youth.
Adrienne Ton
Adrienne Ton was a clinical research associate with SMAHRT from 2013-2016. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with Honors. She worked on a variety of projects on the team, with particular interests in substance use disorders, depression, and non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents. Adrienne now attends Columbia University in New York.
Hope Villiard
Hope is currently in medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. She is part of the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine.
Raelyn Vogel
Vogel joined the SMAHRT in May 2016. She is a senior at Washington State University, and will be graduating in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. She is interested in either going to medical school or continuting research in the health field after graduation. Her interest in the team is in younger adolescent girls and the effects of social media on their self-esteem, particularly through Instagram and the use of photoshop.
Jen Whitehill
Dr. Whitehill was awarded an NIH R21 grant in May of 2014 to continue collaborating with SMAHRT. Whitehill, Megan Moreno and Molly Wilner are studying how college students at two American universities use their mobile devices in the context of substance abuse episodes. She presented with SMAHRT in June in Bellevue, WA, and in July, Jen attended a meeting in Boston sponsored by the Conrad Hilton foundation to discuss new approaches and possible funding opportunities for research on how social media may be used to prevent and reduce drinking among college students. She and her husband also welcomed their first daughter, Tessa, in August 2014!
Kate Wilburn
Kate joined the team as an undergraduate research intern in October 2016. She is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Public Health and minoring in Global Health. Her main interest areas are youth mental health and sexual health, with a particular focus on how social media and technology can be used as tools to promote awareness and increase equitable services for underrepresented populations.
Molly Wilner
Molly Wilner joined the team as a research assistant in 2014. A graduate of Brandeis University with a focus in Neuroscience and Gender and Women's studies, Wilner was the West Coast coordinator for the University of Massachusetts's Mobile Technology and College Health study. She is now attending medical school in New York.
Annie Yi
Annie Yi graduated in Spring 2016 as a physiology major. Annie plans to spend a gap year performing community service and volunteering before pursuing medical school where she hopes to become a pediatrician or primary care physician.