Summer 2018 Interns

Gabe, Fred and Sara

Summer 2017 Interns

Gabe Halperin-Goldstein

Gabe is a Haverford College student aiming to complete his major in Sociology and minor in Health Studies and Economics. He is focusing his time in understanding the intersection between local neighborhoods and drug abuse. He will complete his Fall Semester in Mendoza, Argentina.

(Left to right): Frederick Lu, Shudee Wu, Kathy Nguyen, Brianna Cochran, Sae Hyun Oh (Grace) 

Spring 2017 Interns

Sara Banbury
Sara is a Tufts undergraduate majoring in Community Health.  Her experience includes coordination of community engagement events, and her research interests range from LGBTQ mental health to infectious disease burdens in Africa, the subject of her Senior Thesis. She recently completed her Spring Semester at the King's College at London. She is helping with the Mental Health Home and Gender Minorities ongoing projects.   

Brianna Cochran

Brianna Cochran is a rising Junior from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is a Psychology major and is also interested in Sociology. This summer she is working as intern under a funding award from Skidmore College. Her role as an intern includes doing research for grant funded projects such as RISE and PCORI. Additionally, she is working on qualitative data projects by conducting and transcribing interviews. Brianna is also helping with administrative work to aid the Health Equity Research Lab gain approval for new research projects. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and work to help others. 


Anita Mathews

Anita Mathews, a 4th year medical student at Tufts University ​Medical School pursuing her MD/MPH degree, ​just finished her Applied Learning Experience with us this past month. ​Her project was an extension of our PCORI study, "Improving methods of incorporating racial/ethnic minority patients' treatment preferences into clinical care". She focused on the refinement of our survey instrument,​ and she will soon present to our Community Partners about how ​soliciting ​patient preferences ​may be included in medical training.


Fred Lu

Fred joined the Health Equity Lab for his second summer in a row. He is soon to obtain his degree in Biology from Tufts University. His research interests in emergency medicine lead him to continue working in the suicide prediction in adolescents using NLP/ML.     

Shudee Wu

Shudee Wu is a junior at Tufts University, Class of 2018, double majoring in Biology and Community Health. His role as a summer intern at the Health Equity Lab involves project and research assistance for the Behavioral Health Home program at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Natural Language Processing (NLP) study. His duties include grant and report writing, manuscript editing and preparation, as well as interview transcribing and maintaining the Health Equity Research Lab’s social media platforms. Shudee’s previous experience includes lab research with the Tufts University Department of Biology and volunteer work at the Sharewood Medical Clinic in Malden. He currently holds the position of Clinic Coordinator at the Sharewood Medical Clinic and also works as an Emergency Medical Technician for Tufts Emergency Medical Services and the Newbury Fire and Rescue Department. Shudee’s academic and research interests include minority health disparities and healthcare access, physical and psychiatric trauma, and the relationship between socioeconomic factors and health outcomes. 


​Sae Hyun Oh (Grace)

Sae Hyun Oh (Grace) is a summer intern of the Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is working toward a Master’s degree in economics focusing labor economics and econometrics at Tufts University and before then received a B.A. in economics from University of California, San Diego. During the internship, she has been working on data analysis, literature review, and transcribing interviews within some projects such as Health Integration Program, RISE. Grace’s research interests are focused on the empirical modeling of the disparity in people’s educational, occupational, criminal decisions influenced by their family and demographic backgrounds and how the business cycles would affect on it. 



(Left to right): Frederick Lu, Shudee Wu, Kathy Nguyen, Brianna Cochran, Sae Hyun Oh (Grace)

Amanda, Kelly, and Olivia

Summer 2016 Interns

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Frederick Lu

Fred is a member of the Tufts University Class of 2018 majoring in Biology. Fred has primarily been involved with both the Behavioral Health Home Project, which evaluates the efficacy of integrating primary care providers with existing psychiatric services, through manuscript preparation and interview transcription. Other projects that Fred has been involved in include the Natural Language Processing/Machine Learning suicide prevention intervention and the Medicare ACO evaluatiuon, Fred also works with Shudee to update the lab website. His previous research experience at Tufts University includes biological bench research and a community based participatory research (CBPR) project evaluating patient engagement. Fred also works as an Emergency Medical Technician, serving as the Director of Training/Quality Improvement at Tufts Emergency Medical Services, and his research interests include emergency medicine, emergency mental health, and quality assurance/improvement of care. 



Amanda Jung
Amanda is a rising junior at Tufts University studying Community Health and Biology on the pre-medical track. At the lab, she is helping to organize a community forum for the gender minority population. The forum is an opportunity to reflect on results from a community-engaged research project identifying disparities in suicide and violence victimization risk for transgender, gender nonconforming, or gender non-binary people - both nationally and in our local community.

Kelly Yang
Kelly is a rising second year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She became interested in children’s mental health and health disparities through her undergraduate studies in Human Development and her experience conducting clinical research on Tourette Syndrome. At the lab, she is helping with projects on suicide and psychosis prediction, mental health care disparities, and the effects of policy change.

Olivia Velasquez
Olivia is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Integrative Biology with a secondary in Mind, Brain, and Behavior.  As a peer counselor on campus, she is interested in mental health and healthcare disparities research, particularly in minority and rural populations.  This summer, she is helping with projects on depression and diabetes care and juvenile diversion. After graduation, Olivia hopes to attend medical school.

​Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen is a Junior at Tufts University, Class of 2018, majoring in Community Health. She is also a dual degree student at the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health program, with a concentration in Health Services Management and Policy. Her role as a summer intern at the Health Equity Lab involves project management of some of the ongoing grant funded research, such as the PCORI and RISE Literature Review, as well as assisting in research, such as conducting and transcribing interviews. She has an interest in working in the field of health management and consulting, with a specific interest in mental health and health inequities in communities of color.