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

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

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

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.

Fifi Wong, BA

Research Assistant

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

Brittney Sy, BA

Research Assistant

Brittney received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Her clinical interests led her to pursue careers as a residential counselor at an eating disorder center and as a mental health specialist at McLean Hospital. She is currently working at MGH's Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness as a clinical coordinator. At the DRCR lab, she serves as a liaison with MGH collaborators on video narrative projects that promote mental health in families. Her interests include Asian and Asian American mental health and neuropsychology. She hopes to further explore these interests at a graduate psychology program.

Katrina Chen

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Katrina is a third-year student at Northeastern University. She is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling and minoring in Leadership and Human Capital. Currently, she serves as a research assistant to the MIMES study. After graduating from Northeastern, Katrina plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in counseling psychology. She is particularly interested in depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and hopes to help children and adolescents with these mental health issues as a therapist.

Yinan Liang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Yinan is a fourth-year student at Brandeis University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theater Art. She is interested in multicultural studies, especially around depression symptoms in adolescents and young adults. Currently, she serves as an interviewer and is engaged in processing data for the several community based projects within the DRCR lab. She is also a volunteer at Samaritans, a crisis hotline. Yinan hopes to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology in the future.  

Lydia Smith

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lydia is a second-year student at the University of California, San Diego pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Cognitive Science and minoring in Business. She is interested in exploring the brain and cognition, specifically how maternal mental health can affect the long-term psychological development of babies. She is currently working on processing the data for MIMES and several community based projects. Lydia plans to pursue a graduate degree with a future career in healthcare after graduation.   

Melissa Morgan 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Melissa is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Melissa is interested in risk and protective factors for postpartum depression and how events in early childhood influence the development of mental illness. She is currently an infant specialist on the MIMES study. After graduation, Melissa hopes to gain more research experience before pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. 

Gabriela Taslitsky Androssenko 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gabriela is a third year-student at Simmons University, majoring in kinesiology and minoring in psychology and chemistry, while on the pre-medical track. She is currently an infant specialist on the MIMES study. Gabriela is interested in developmental psychology more specifically the development of autism spectrum disorder. After attending Simmons University, she plans to go to medical school  to study pediatrics.

Jobi Yeung, MA, MS

Research Assistant

Jobi received his MA in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and MS in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University. He is a fourth-year PhD student in School Psychology at Northeastern University and the Director of Programming and Content at the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. His research interests include behavioral assessment, implementation science of behavioral intervention, and international student mental health.

Irene Gonsalvez, MD 

Psychiatry Resident

Irene Gonsalvez, MD, is currently a 4th-year Psychiatry Resident at St Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. She received her medical degree from Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain. After she was awarded with a Clinical Research grant from "La Obra Social La Caixa”; she joined the Berenson-Allen Center at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she spent 3.5 years participating in different research projects involving non-invasive brain stimulation in Alzheimer's Disease and Schizophrenia. She has been interested in women's mental health and has developed a more specific interest in perinatal mental health issues. She will pursue a fellowship in Consult Liaison and Women's Mental Health. 

Lab Alumni

Amie Kang, Ed.M

Research Assistant

Amie received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate Schol of Education. Her fascination with the workings of family, culture and social emotional learning and their effects on mental health has led her to have worked as a mentor, teacher and research assistant. She hopes to further explore these topics through a doctorate program in the future.

Sylvie Wong, Ed.M

Research Assistant

Sylvie received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Bates College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on familial and cultural factors that shape developmental and mental health outcomes of immigrant and refugee youth impacted by trauma. She is dedicated to using research to inform community-based prevention and intervention and to improve the quality and access of mental health care for underserved communities. 

Jenny Phan, B.S.

Research Assistant

Jenny received a bachelor's in Psychology and Applied Psychology & Human Development from Boston College. She is now a clinical psychology doctoral student at Loyola University in Chicago. Currently, she is a research assistant examining perinatal challenges and maternal mental health.  

Andrea Yessaillian

Research Assistant

Andrea is a first year student at Northeastern

University majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Mathematics while on the pre-medical track. She is interested in how the brain development during the perinatal period influences the onset of mental illness later in life, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and the risk factors involved in both mental illness and neurodegenerative disease. After attending Northeastern, Andrea would like to go to medical school and work in pediatrics.

Yuan Hu, B.S.

Research Assistant

Yuan received his B.S. in Biology from China Agricultural University in Beijing, China.  He is currently enrolled with M.A. in Theology & M.A. in Counseling programs at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Due to his once aspiration of lifelong cross-cultural living, and the real time experience of being an international student for the past several years, he is fascinated by the issues of cultural identity, the stressors of cross-cultural living, and the mental health issues of international students or new immigrants. He plans to pursue a doctoral study on related issues afterwards.

Callie Ding

Research Assistant

Callie was a double major in Medical Science and Psychology at Boston University. She is part of the Boston University's seven-year medical program and is now attending Boston Medical School and pursuing a career in a healthcare field.

Sarah Rocha, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Sarah Rocha, MD was a psychiatry resident in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Training Program. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, undergraduate from Harvard University, and is now be pursuing fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University. 

Zishu Chen, EdM

Project Coordinator

Zishu Chen was the project coordinator for the Family Development project. She received her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).

Hannah Zwiebel

Research Assistant

Hannah was student double-majoring in Child Study & Human Development and Spanish while on the Pre-Medical track at Tufts University. She is now a postbaccalaureate research assistant at the National Institutes of Health. 

Ge Xu, B.S.

Research Assistant

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Ge received his B.S. in Psychology from Beihang University in Beijing, China. She is currently enrolled in the M.A. program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. She has broad interests in multicultural issues, especially the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender. She also has work experiences in LGBTQ community as well as in domestic violence helpline. She hopes to pursue her doctorate in counseling psychology in the future. 

Emily Wu, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Emily Wu received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently a Child Psychiatry Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her academic interests include Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. 

Dorothy Chyung, MD

Psychiatry Fellow 

Dorothy Chyung, MD, is a fellow in the women's mental health program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  She is board certified in adult psychiatry and board eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry.  She received her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College, completed her adult psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Payne Whitney Clinic, and completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center/Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center.  She is interested in maternal-infant mental health, cross cultural psychiatry, and global mental health. 

Leah Sarver

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Leah is a fourth-year student at Emmanuel College. She is double-majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling and Health and Communications and Media Studies. Currently, she serves as an intern/research assistant to the MIMES study in the DRCR lab recruiting, preparing for studies, and doing data entry. After graduating from Emmanuel in the spring, Leah hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in a field that combines both of her Psychology and Communications degrees.

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