Student Research Assistants

Maryam Haltam

Research Assistant

Afra Kamal

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Divya Manikandan

Research Assistant

Michaela Murphy

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Laila Odeh

Research Assistant

Liadan Solomon

Research Data & Report Analyst

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.

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, BS

Research Assistant

Divya graduated from 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. In her free time, she enjoys writing stories, watching new Netflix shows, and spending time with her family.

Mac Murphy, BSSW

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Mac 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, BA

Research Assistant

Laila Odeh is a graduate of the Community and Global Public Health program at the University of Michigan. In the future, she hopes to provide trauma-informed mental health services to immigrant and refugee populations. In her free time she likes to sing, play piano, and bake fun desserts.

Liadan Solomon, BA

Alum, External Collaborator

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.