Student Research Assistants

Maryam Haltam

Research Assistant

Ameila Joss

Research Assistant

Afra Kamal

Research Assistant

Divya Manikandan

Research Assistant

Michaela Murphy

Intern, Injury Prevention Center

Laila Odeh

Research Assistant

Ellie Repp

Research Assistant

Maithelee Sathe

Research Assistant

Meghna Singh

Student Associate Study Coordinator

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.

Amelia Joss

Research Assistant

Amelia Joss is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in public health at the University of Michgian.  Outside of Healthy minds Network, she is involved in the Women’s Organization on Rights to Health, a student organization focused on promoting women’s health through student-led focus groups.  Amelia is passionate about health education and advocacy.  In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and cooking.

Afra Kamal, BA

Research Assistant

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.

Michaela Murphy, BA

Intern, Injury Prevention Center

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.

Ellie Repp

Research Assistant

Ellie is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Community and Global Public Health. Her passions include mental health advocacy and expansion of resources for young adults who face stressors that have been normalized as a part of being a student. In addition to her work with Healthy Minds Network, she is also a Public Relations Officer for Health Promotions at U of M, a student-run volunteer organization dedicated to improving community wellbeing. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, painting, and acquiring new houseplants.

Maithelee Sathe

Research Assistant

Maithelee is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, where she is pursuing a B.A. in Community and Global Public Health.  She is interested in the intersection of healthcare and business, medical technology, and mental health, and she hopes to use her knowledge in these areas to increase access to quality healthcare.  With her passion for problem solving and helping others, she hopes to go into healthcare consulting or non-profit work.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to movie soundtracks, and exploring national parks.

Meghna Singh

Student Associate Study Coordinator

Meghna Singh (she/her) is a Community and Global Public Health student at the University of Michigan, with minors in Spanish and Education. Her passion for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention efforts was sparked after her high school community faced two youth suicide clusters. She currently works at the Healthy Minds Network as a Student Associate Study Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2), an online survey-based study assessing the social and emotional well-being, mental health service utilization, and related factors among high school students. She is involved in various organizations on campus, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at UM to educate and raise awareness about student well-being.  She enjoys watching football and baking in her free time. 

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.