Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health
Core Group Team
Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D. (Director, Healthy Minds Network)
Daniel is a Professor of Health Management and Policy and a Faculty Associate at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He completed a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University and a postdoctoral traineeship in mental health services and policy research at UC-Berkeley. His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. In recognition of his early career research, in 2010 he was awarded the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. He is the program director for his department's Ph.D. program in Health Services Organization and Policy. His hobbies include tennis and telling jokes with his young daughters.
Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., M.Ed. (Associate Director, Healthy Minds Network)
Sarah Ketchen Lipson is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is Associate Director of HMN and co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Study. Sarah’s research focuses primarily on mental health and service utilization in college populations. She employs varied methodologies, including large-scale epidemiological surveys and population-level interventions. Sarah completed a dual PhD at University of Michigan in Health Services Organization and Policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education, where she was awarded best dissertation of the year. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University where she was awarded best honors thesis of the year and graduated with honors. She holds a master’s from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar.
Peter Ceglarek, M.P.H. (Study Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network)
Peter is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology (Honors B.S., 2014) and School of Public Health (M.P.H., Health Behaviors and Health Education, 2016), with a long-standing interest in mental health research and promotion among youth. He has worked as a clinical intern for inpatient psychiatry at Kingswood Hospital in Detroit, has published his own research on the mental health impacts of youth’s social networking site use, has helped create web-apps and educational seminars on sexual and mental health for gender and sexual minority youth with the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, and has been involved with numerous community and self-directed media projects focusing on youth empowerment. His goal is to promote the development and wide-dissemination of innovative, entertaining, and engaging media to promote youth empowerment, mental health, and social well-being. He assists with the management and coordination of the Healthy Minds Study and other projects with HMN, and is very excited by the Network’s growing success and impact.
Megan Phillips, M.A. (Study Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network)
Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and her Master’s degree in
Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. As a therapist, she has worked with adults and adolescents at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, as well as with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Mexico. She managed suicide prevention and veteran behavioral health programs at the New Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division. During her time in this position she coordinated a statewide Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suicide prevention grant, and contributed to the creation of a veteran-specific behavioral health support training curriculum. She appreciates the public health approach the Healthy Minds Network takes to research, and is committed to bring mental health knowledge into practice.
Sasha Zhou is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Management and Policy. She received her MHSA in Health Management and Policy and her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education in 2013, as well as her BS in 2008 from the University of Michigan. She previously worked for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, UNICEF in Beijing and the National Centre for Mental Health of China. Sasha’s research is broadly on the mental health status, barriers to treatment, and utilization of mental health services of vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in investigating ways to improve mental health outcomes for Asian American and international college students. Current research projects include racial and ethnic disparities in experiences of stigma, mental health status and service utilization in college students, and the role of discrimination and mental health among sexual and gender minorities in Macedonia. She is also collaborating with researchers at Ningxia Medical University to pilot the Healthy Minds Study in China.
Jasmine is a Senior at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN). Her previous research experience includes analyzing Australian Light Warlpiri Language data and registering participants for the University of Michigan Health System’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Her campus involvement includes Alpha Phi Omega (APO) co-educational community service fraternity and marketing team member for Recreational Sports. Jasmine plans to pursue a PhD in Sports Psychology.
Amber Talaski (Graduate Student Assistant)
Amber will be pursuing a Master's in Public Health in the fall at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, concentrating on Health Behavior and Health Education. She graduated with a Bachelor's in International Studies, Communications, and History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2017. She previously worked with a public health research and outreach team in Kasoa, Ghana that focused on expanding reproductive health access and education. Her campus involvement includes participating in Club Gymnastics.
Sara Abelson, M.P.H. (Co-Investigator, MCubed Project)
Sara Abelson is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sara's research interests are focused on reducing disparities in mental health and academic outcomes among adolescents and young adults. Current and future research projects include examining the impact of sense of belonging and experiences of discrimination on college student mental health, studying the impact of school climate and identity-affirming experiences on student health and academic outcomes, and better understanding the impact of today's campus and political climate and policies (e.g. the documented rise in hate crimes, policies granting access to gender neutral bathrooms, the Trump travel ban) as well as campuses' efforts to respond (e.g. strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives). She is particularly interested in conducting research that helps to improve outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning students, transgender students, students of color, first-generation college students and other students facing marginalization on campus. Sara is formerly the Vice President for Student Health & Wellness at the national nonprofit, Active Minds.
John Miller, Ph.D. (Web Developer, Healthy Minds Network)
John is a web applications developer for the Healthy Minds Network. He is currently employed at Michigan Medicine's Center for Health Communications Research. John has developed sites for various organizations, including the Interactive Communications and Simulations research group in the UM School of Education, the Accelerated Learning Foundation, the Center for Health Communications Research, and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Before embarking on web development, he was an English as a Second Language teacher in California followed by his degree in Educational Technology at the University of Michigan.
Kendrin Sonneville is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Sonneville is a registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, and public health researcher whose research is focused on the prevention of eating disorders. The goal of her research program is to understand how to best promote health among adolescents and young adults without inadvertently increasing body dissatisfaction, weight stigma, preoccupation with food and weight, and disordered eating. Dr. Sonneville received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and Doctor of Science in Public Health Nutrition from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Blake Wagner III (Creative Director, tinyshifts/inkblots)
Blake has been active in designing student outreach programs and motivational speaking. The inkblots (“Tiny shifts can lead to big changes”) short film series grew out of his passion to merge often esoteric yet helpful evidence-based coping skills with a hip and digestible 2-to-4 minute film format. “It's like turning a pair of bellbottoms into skinny jeans -- same material, just re-crafted in a chic and student-friendly fashion.” The overarching goal is to promote a culture of positive coping, resiliency and appropriate help-seeking.