Meet the Team

Cindy H. Liu, PhD

Principal Investigator

Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of investigation include the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that reduce mental health disparities. She received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. After completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. She served as the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for six years prior to her current position as the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Program within Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Maria Henriksen, MS

Senior Research Coordinator

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Maria received her M.S. in Psychology from Aarhus University, Denmark. She is a senior study coordinator at the DRCR lab with expertise in clinical assessment across the lifespan. Maria is responsible for coordinating and conducting assessments (e.g. interviews, cognitive and physiological assessments) for the Maternal-Infant Mood and Emotions Study (MIMES). Before joining our lab, she worked as a Research Assistant at Aarhus University Hospital where she studied cognition, attachment, and development in 7-year children with familial high-risk (FHR) for psychosis. Maria is passionate about working with children and families at risk; her research interests focus on risk, protective factors and resilience involved in child development. 

Emily Zhang, MA

Research Coordinator

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Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Child Development and her Master's degree in Clinical Developmental Health and Psychology from Tufts University. She is the study coordinator for several community based studies within the DRCR lab. She is interested in culturally-sensitive and community-based research with children and families regarding mental health prevention, education, and interventions. In her spare time, Emily also does community prevention work as a volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. She is hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.  

Sunah Hyun, EdM, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Sunah received her B.A. in Social and Cultural Communication from the University of Washington, Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. She is a community-based researcher whose chief aim is to develop culturally responsive interventions and conduct research to foster healthy development and school success for children and families. Her current research focuses on understanding low-income immigrant families, children’s cultural adjustments in the US context, and identifying specific areas of resilience to address the risks that arise for these vulnerable groups.

Finneas Wong, BA
Research Assistant

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Finneas received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. His time living in and interacting with people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Asian communities within the United States sparked his interest in the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation. As an undergraduate, he spent several years as a research assistant collecting data from Chinese immigrants from across the lifespan (children, parents, elderly). He is eager to learn more about the influence of acculturation on mental healthcare acceptance of Asians and Asian Americans. He plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Rachel Conrad, MD 

Psychiatrist

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Rachel Conrad, M.D., is an Instructor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and practices Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She trained in psychiatry at Emory University and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. She teaches the Medical Ethics and Professionalism course at Harvard Medical School and lectures on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to medical students, residents and fellows. She is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She has authored numerous publications relating to mental health, resilience, medical education, and ethics.

Natalie Feldman, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Natalie Feldman, M.D., is a third-year psychiatry resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Research Track). Originally from Northern California, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and medical school training at the University of Chicago. Her interests include women's mental health as well as digital mental health. She is a Leadership Fellow through the APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship, as well as a Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellow. Natalie co-writes a monthly advice column on digital psychiatry for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. She plans to pursue a fellowship in Women's Mental Health.

Amanda Koire, MD, PhD

Psychiatry Resident

Amanda Koire, M.D., Ph.D. is a first-year psychiatry resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She received her degrees from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where her Ph.D. work in Quantitative and Computational Biosciences entailed developing a computational method for identifying rare genetic variants that drive cancer and autism. During this time she also completed a retrospective cohort study of over 20,000 women to assess the relative risk of preterm birth in women with or without a family history of preterm birth and presented this work at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting. Amanda plans to pursue a career in perinatal psychiatry research.

Jason Li, BS

Medical Student

Jason Li is a medical student at Harvard Medical School interested in the mental health disparities of traditionally marginalized communities—particularly in immigrant populations.  He holds a BS in Human Biology with honors from Stanford and was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow at Shaanxi Normal University in China, where he conducted research on healthcare quality, access, and reform in rural China. During his time at Stanford, Jason worked on community mental health interventions locally and globally through Stanford CHIPAO, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Peking University. 

Yuxin (Megan) Fu
Research Assistant

Yuxin is currently an M.A. candidate in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and received her B.S. in Psychology from Boston University. She is completing clinical internships at Tufts Medical Center where she conducts individual therapy with Chinese clients and at HRI Hospital, where she facilitates group therapy for women’s trauma groups. She is interested in researching Chinese communities, especially the Chinese Church, to better understand their mental health needs, identify barriers to care, and create strategies to improve access to mental health services. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies in the future.

Yu-Tien Hsu

Research Assistant

Yu-Tien is a second-year PhD student in Population Health Sciences/Social & Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Yu-Tien's research interest is the health disparities in cognitive health and psychiatric diseases. Yu-Tien was born and received her medical education in Taiwan. Her experience as an international student in the United States inspires her interests in improving immigrants' wellbeing and mental wellness.

Yutung Lan, MD, MPH

Research Assistant

Yutung is a medical graduate from Taiwan interested in mental health, health disparity and cross-culture psychiatry. She currently works as a research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and volunteers at DRCR Lab. She aims to become a psychiatrist in the future. 

Isabel Brown 
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Isabel is a third-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. She is interested in studying childhood development and behavior. After graduation, Isabel hopes to attend graduate school and further study developmental psychology. 

Lab Alumni

Irene Gonsalvez
Natasha  Ramanayake
Monica Bennett
Jobi Yeung

Brittney Sy
Alice Hibara
Ani Ouligan
Karen Lang
Noah Garberg
Sennür Khoso
Katrina Chen
Shweta Iyer

Leah Sarver
Gabriela Taslitsky Androssenko 
Melissa Morgan 
Lydia Smith
Yinan Liang
Jenny Phan
Callie Ding
Yuan Hu
Sarah Rocha
Andrea Yessaillian
Zishu Chen
Ge Xu
Hannah Zwiebel
Dorothy Chyung
Emily Wu
Sylvie Wong
Amie Kang
Liana De La Rosa
Piper Larkin