The Healthy Minds Network

Healthy Minds Network Faculty and Staff Directory

Daniel Eisenberg, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Justin Heinze, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sasha Zhou, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sara Abelson, MPH

Co-Investigator
Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects

Morgan Daugherty, MS

Study Coordinator

Catherine Gong

Data Manager

Maryam Haltam

Research Assistant

Haley Henry

Study Coordinator

Amelia Joss

Research Assistant

Afra Kamal

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Divya Manikandan

Research Assistant

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Juliana Fucinari, MPH

Study Coordinator

Michaela Murphy

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Laila Odeh

Research Assistant

Liadan Solomon

Research Data & Report Analyst

Brenda Vyletel, MSE

Study Coordinator

Adam Wheeler, MPH

Study Coordinator

Akilah Patterson, MPH, MCHES

Alum, External Collaborator

Jasmine Morigney, MS

Alum, External Collaborator

Daniel Eisenberg, PhD

Principal Investigator, Heathy Minds Network

Daniel is a Professor of Health Policy of Management in Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously he was a faculty member at University of Michigan from 2004-2020.  His training is in economics (BA and PhD, Stanford University) and mental health services research (NIMH postdoc, UC Berkeley).  His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively in mental health of young people.  He is a Principal Investigator for the Healthy Minds Network (HMN) for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health.  This research network administers the Healthy Minds Study, a national survey study of student mental health and related factors, and facilitates the development, testing, and dissemination of innovative programs and interventions for student mental health.  He is currently writing a book about investments in children’s mental health, in collaboration with Ramesh Raghavan. 

Justin Heinze, PhD

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network
Director, National Center for School Safety

Dr. Heinze is an educational psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is the director for the National Center for School Safety. His research investigates how schools influence disparities in violence and other risk outcomes from an ecological perspective that includes individual, interpersonal, and contextual influences on development. He is particularly interested in structural features of school context and policy that perpetuate inequity in violence and firearm outcomes, but also who these institutions can serve as a setting for intervention.

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM is Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University-School of Public Health, where she teaches a range of graduate-level courses. 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.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, her master’s from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright scholar.

Sasha Zhou, PhD, MHSA

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Study

Sasha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Wayne State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was  a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) Scholar.  Her research uses mixed methods to understand and address the mental health needs of emerging adults and college student populations with particular focus on students of color, international students, and sexual and gender minorities.

Sara Abelson, MPH

Co-Investigator
Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects

Sara has worked in higher education for more than a decade to improve mental health outcomes at colleges and universities across the US. She is a PhD candidate, Rackham Merit Fellow, and Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sara’s research addresses student mental health broadly, with a particular focus on marginalized student populations.  Her dissertation employs causal methods to investigate the effects of higher education policies on student mental health. Through her research, work with Healthy Minds, and diverse collaborations nationally, Sara is helping colleges identify how they may intervene to improve mental health and mental health equity through changing policies, structures, and practices. Sara is formerly the Vice President for Student Health & Wellness at the national nonprofit, Active Minds.  She completed her MPH at University of Michigan and her BA at Cornell University.

Morgan Daugherty, MS

Study Coordinator

Morgan received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville with a major in psychology.  Her primary interests include studying the impact of trauma on development and improving interventions that are implemented in underserved communities.  In her free time, Morgan enjoys gardening, taking walks outside, and spending time with her pets.

Catherine Gong

Data Manager

Catherine received her bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Michigan. She is interested in the application of statistical methods to public health research and provides data management support for the Healthy Minds Network through programming and analysis. 

Maryam Haltam

Research Assistant

Maryam is an undergraduate student in the LSA Honors Program at the University of Michigan pursuing a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her passion for mental health research stems from her experience as a middle and high school student in Finland, which faces a severe mental health crisis despite its reputation as one of the happiest countries in the world. She is excited to work with HMN to study and promote wellness among vulnerable communities in the United States and beyond. In her free time she enjoys writing penpal letters, reading, and hiking.

Haley Henry

Study Coordinator

Haley is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with minors in Environment and Law, Justice, and Social Change. She has been passionate about public health since high school, but became even more interested after studying public health abroad in South Africa during her freshman year. Haley eventually hopes to pursue her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on health policy. She is also interested in disparitiese in access to mental health. In her free time, she enjoyings trying new restaurants in Ann Arbor, traveling, and knitting. 

Amelia Joss

Research Assistant

Amelia (she/her) is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in public health at the University of Michigan with a minor in Gender and Health. She works as research assistant for the Healthy Minds Study (HMS) and a member of the communications team. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and cooking.

Afra Kamal, BA

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Afra is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned a degree in Public Health Sciences.  She is primarily interested in improving the health outcomes of pediatric and adolescent populations through a public health-informed, preventive approach to healthcare.  Her campus involvement includes leading the student organization Project Healthy Schools Global, a team that works to provide preventive health education to students in urbanized developing countries. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, cooking, and listening to podcasts.

Divya Manikandan

Research Assistant

Divya is currently a undergraduate student in the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), studying Biology, Health, and Society with a minor in English.  She hopes to go to medical school and focus on public health and social justice.  She is interested in mental health outcomes and working on the application of research to the real lives of individuals.  
On-campus, she is a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and the LSA Student Government.  In her free time, she enjoys writing stories, watching new Netflix shows, and spending time with her family.

Juliana Fucinari, MPH

Study Coordinator

Juliana is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in Women’s Studies as an undergraduate, and received her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology. She spent her college years working in research, as well as volunteering for the University’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC). She has been passionate about student mental health since her own time as an undergraduate and graduate student, and is particularly interested in the mental health of LGBTQ+ students. In her free time, Juliana enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and spending time with her wife and their three pets.

Michaela Murphy, BA

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Michaela Murphy has her BS in Social Work and is currently pursuing her MPH/MSW at the University of Michigan. Her interests are in Sexual Assault and IPV prevention, as well as substance use rehabilitation and prevention.  Being from Tennessee she has a vested interest in the health and well-being of the Appalachian region, and hopes to work with survivors of IPV creating trauma-informed programs to help them battle substance use.  She loves being outside, reading, and playing with her dog, Shelly.

Laila Odeh

Research Assistant

Laila Odeh is a senior studying Community and Global Public Health at the University of Michigan.  In the future, she hopes to provide trauma-informed mental health services to immigrant and refugee populations. On campus, she is involve din Maize Mirchi A cappella and Wolverine Support Network.  In her free time she likes to sing, play piano, and bake fun desserts.

Liadan Solomon, BA

Research Assistant

Liadan is currently an MSW/MPH candidate at Boston University, concentrating in Trauma and Violence. She received her bachelor’s degree in Community and Global Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and completed a minor in Applied Statistics. Liadan is interested in expanding access to peer support programs for college students, which was born out of her undergraduate involvement with Wolverine Support Network, a student organization on the U-M campus working to destigmatize mental health through peer-led support groups and community building.  Liadan has research focus areas in sexual violence, violence prevention, and their intersections with mental health. In her free time she enjoys doing crossfit, discovering new music, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Brenda Vyletel, MSE

Study Coordinator

Brenda has a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.  She started her career as a reserach scientist, first at Ford Motor Company and then at the University of Michigan.  Later, she transitioned to project management. During the first two years of COVID, she became passionate about supporting the mental health of family members, especially college-aged students. Away from the job, she enjoys jogging, yoga, gardening, reading, DIY projects, spending time with her kids and church community, and investing time in multiple organizations focused on mental health.

Adam Wheeler, MPH

Study Coordinator

Adam is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he studied Health Behavior and Health Education.  He graduated from Mars Hill University (NC, 2011) with a BA in Sociology as a Bonner Scholar, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Bailey Mountain Clogger alum. His primary public health interests include youth mental health and well-being, the intersect of spirituality and health, and social determinants of eating and food-related behaviors. Adam also enjoys contemplative and transpersonal studies, dancing, and traveling.

Akilah Patterson, MPH

Alum
External Collaborator

Akilah is a graduate of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.  Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Akilah worked extensively in various student affairs roles guided by her passion for improving the health and well-being of college students.  Her previous experiences working in studetn affairs led to her passion for contributing to public health research to better understand and address the health concerns that impact college students across the United States.  Akilah also received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Jasmine Morigney, MS

Network Alum, External Collaborator

Jasmine graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.  She is a Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Currently, she is studying how stereotypes influence group interactions among racial minorities, women, and athletes.  She hopes to one day produce research that inspires systemic change within athletic organizations to improve mental health outcomes among athlete populations.