Team Members

Aubrey Gower
Aubrey joined the SMAHRT in October 2014 as an Undergraduate Research Volunteer. She is currently a junior at the University of Washington where she is on track to double major in Biology and Psychology and plans to pursue medicine and research after graduation. She is interested in substance use and addiction among adolescents and how social media can be used to prevent, monitor, and potentially aid in the treatment options of both health behaviors.
Jesse Gritton
Jesse Gritton, MPH recently joined SMAHRT as a clinical research associate. She received her MPH in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program at the University of Washington. She is committed to health equity, and the principles of Community-Based Participatory Research. Her interests include the relationship between social cohesion and/or isolation and technology use; the disclosure of suicidality and depression on social media; the ethics of research; digital disparities; social determinants of health; and online health communication strategies.
Marina Jenkins
Marina joined the team in October of 2016 as and Undergraduate Research Volunteer. She will graduate from the University of Washington with a major in Human Evolutionary Biology and minor in Comparative Literature in Winter of this year. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in epidemiology research. She is interested in how social media can allow for a new and interesting way of observing health behaviors in adolescents unlike other forms of data gathering, particularly in how they perceive the behaviors of their peers on social media.
James Kelley
James Kelley first joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research assistant and has since become 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 include analyzing data from projects aimed to understand displayed health behaviors on social media sites and assisting with a new project that investigates the ways prevention and intervention programs can use social media.
Brad Kerr
Brad Kerr, MS joined the SMAHRT as a research coordinator in 2011. Brad graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and English and finished his Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2013. He has contributed to several projects, including evaluating displayed alcohol references on Facebook profiles, as well as exploring ways in which college students use social media to communicate with their parents. Brad is also excited to begin a new project investigating how training can be improved for undergraduate research assistants and clinical research coordinators working on research teams.
Esther Lam
Esther Lam first joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research intern in October of 2014 and is now a Clinical Research Assistant. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Public Health in June of 2016 with aspirations to further her studies in epidemiology. Currently, she is part of a research project that is examining how social media is used to promote indoor tanning with the long term goal of reducing skin cancer incidence caused by indoor tanning. Additionally, she has recently become involved in the promotional and outreach aspects for SMAHRT. She looks forward to continue to explore more upon the impacts that social media has on adolescent and young adult health and how to most effectively use social media as a tool for communication, outreach, and intervention to bridge the gap for populations most in need.
Madalyn "Maddy" 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.
Joshua "Josh" Scheck
Joshua Scheck joined SMAHRT as an undergraduate research intern in October 2016. Josh is currently a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Washington and is hoping to pursue medicine and research following graduation. He is interested in investigating how the extensive reach and engaging aspects of social media can be used to supplement and further improve current educational outreach efforts.