Research Assistants

Maryam Haltam

Research Assistant

Divya Manikandan, BS

Research Assistant

Michaela Murphy, BSSW

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Laila Odeh, BA

Research Assistant

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.

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.