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The Healthy Minds Network Team

Faculty Investigators

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, MHSA

Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Network

Staff

Julia Bell, MPH

Study Coordinator

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Juliana Fucinari, MPH

Study Coordinator

Brenda Vyletel, MSE

Study Coordinator

Haley Henry, BA

Study Coordinator

Teresa Hartwig, BS

Administrative Coordinator

Erin Voichoski, MPH

Study Coordinator

Ashley Johnston, BA

Study Coordinator, UCLA

Student Research Assistants

Emily Endo

Student Research Assistant

Troy Liu

Student Research Assistant

External Collaborators

Sara Abelson, MPH, PhD

External Collaborator

Jasmine Morigney, MS

Alum, External Collaborator

Akilah Patterson, MPH, MCHES

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

Justin 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 is a 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.

Julia Bell, MPH

Study Coordinator

Julia Bell received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public health from Wayne State University. She previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan, studying student mental health. Her primary interest is the intersection between public health and the criminal legal system, specifically like decriminalization of public health issues and the impact of criminal legal system contact on the mental health of marginalized individuals and communities. She is originally from Michigan, but currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her fiancée and puppy, Ivy. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going to the farmers market, trying new coffee shops, and playing board games.

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.

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 research 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.

Haley Henry, BA

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. 

Teresa Hartwig, BS

Administrative Coordinator

Teresa Hartwig has worked with the Healthy Minds team since January 2023. She has experience with processing, reviewing, negotiating, and acceptance of sponsored projects and research contracts. She ensures proper management of awarded funds with sponsor, federal, state, and University regulations. Teresa also assists the department with all administrative aspects of proposal development. Her areas of interest also include adolescent and young adult mental health along with suicide prevention. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Administration and a Minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.

Erin Voichoski, MPH

Study Coordinator

Erin’s areas of interest include suicide prevention, program evaluation, and urban environmental health.  She has experience with data collection, management, and analysis. Erin holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Ashley Johnston, BA

Study Coordinator, UCLA

Ashley (she/her) received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Canada, where she double majored in Sociology and Anthropology, focusing on population health. She also holds a Master of Social Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ashley is a Research Data Analyst in the Health Policy and Management Department at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She coordinates the Healthy Minds Study for Los Angeles County community colleges and is developing a repository of best practices for mental health interventions.

Emily Endo

Student Research Assistant

Emily is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Community and Global Public Health with a minor in the Environment. She is interested in the intersection between health and social justice, especially within the context of mental health and access to mental health resources.

Troy Liu

Study Coordinator

Troy is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing his degree in psychology. He is interested in topics related to mental health, especially in the fields of intersection with cultures and social identities. In his free time, Troy enjoys various hobbies such as photography, traveling, camping, and hiking.

Sara Abelson, PhD, 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. Sara was formerly the Vice President for Student Health & Wellness at the national nonprofit, Active Minds. She completed her BA at Cornell University and her MPH and PhD at University of Michigan. She currently works at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Sara’s research addresses student mental health broadly, with a particular focus on marginalized student populations. 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. 

Jasmine Morigney, MS

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.

Akilah Patterson, MPH, MCHES

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.