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.

Liana De La Rosa

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Liana is a third-year student at Northeastern University majoring in Health Sciences. She is interested in Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, and disparities in healthcare. After graduation, Liana plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN or a pediatrician.

Piper Larkin

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Piper is a student at Northeastern University majoring in psychology and linguistics and minoring in behavioral neuroscience. She is interested in studying the effects that trauma and mental illness have on individuals. Piper plans to pursue psychological research in the future and hopes to attend graduate school to further study neuroscience and psychology. 

Rachel Conrad, MD 


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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. 

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. 

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.

Lab Alumni

Irene Gonsalvez, MD 

Psychiatry Resident


Irene Gonsalvez, M.D., 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. 

Natasha  Ramanayake, MA, MS 

Research Specialist


Natasha Ramanayake (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University. She is interested in the structural barriers that contribute to disparities in health care across different groups. In particular, her dissertation project is focused on understanding cultural responsiveness among health care leaders.

Monica Bennett, M.S.

Research Specialist


Monica Bennett, M.S. is a Research Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Cognitive Science from McGill University in Montréal and earned her M.S. in Psychology, specializing in cognitive psychology, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Monica has been working at BWH since 2014, formerly in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, where she had the opportunity to develop her interest in the intersection of cognition and psychiatry. Monica is currently furthering her clinical interests by expanding her repertoire of psychiatric assessments and structured interviews.

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.

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.

Alice Hibara, BA

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alice is a third-year student at Emmanuel College. She majors in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. Alice has an interest in studying Kikokushijo (Japanese returnees), and to further research their struggles and resilience individuals develop, and how this may affect one's identity. After graduating in the fall of 2020, she hopes to further work with adolescents and attend graduate school in the near future.

Ani Ouligan

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Ani Ouligian is a junior at Providence College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is interested in child development and maternal mental health. Ani hopes to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology or Public health upon graduation.

Karen Lang

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Karen is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a focus on relationships. She is interested in childhood development and the effects of one's childhood on mental illness. Karen plans to pursue a future career in psychology after graduation

Noah Garberg

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Noah is a fourth-year student at Emory University, majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Currently, he works in the lab assisting with the CARES and PEACE studies. Upon graduation, Noah plans on attending graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is particular interested in working with adults who suffer from mood and personality disorder.

Sennür Khoso

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sennür is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College. She is a Psychology and Education major and hopes to attend graduate school for clinical social work. She is interested in mental health in South Asians, Muslims, immigrants, and war-affected populations. In the future, she hopes to provide services to these populations.

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.

Shweta Iyer

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shweta is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University majoring in Health Science and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in pursuing the health field and is currently on a pre-medical track. Currently serving as a undergraduate research assistant to the MIMES study, Shweta is interested in furthering her understanding of maternal mental health and stress on childhood development. After graduation, she would like to attend medical school, in hopes of working with children and adolescents one day as a pediatrician.

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.

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.

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. 

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.   

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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).

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.