Predoctoral Trainees

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  • Naysha Shahid, BA

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    Naysha Shahid is a graduate student in the Health Track of the Clinical Psychology program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations from Clark University in 2015. As an undergraduate student, she worked on research exploring cultural and contextual factors that influence the mental health and coping mechanisms of Black women.  

    After graduation, she served as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital assisting with behavioral health interventions that address disparities in smoking cessation, diabetes, and cancer. Through her studies of racial/ethnic mental health disparities and experiences working with populations with chronic conditions, Naysha has developed an interest in cultural, psychosocial, and structural factors that impact health outcomes among historically marginalized communities. More specifically, she is interested in examining how emotion regulation influences health behaviors and mental health outcomes among Black women who have experienced trauma and stress related to discrimination, poverty, and violence. Ultimately, she would like to develop prevention and intervention strategies centered around the social determinants of health and culturally-responsive therapeutic and mindfulness-based practices. As a CHANGE Trainee, Naysha looks forward to working with HIV behavioral scientists committed to alleviating HIV disparities and prioritizing innovative HIV research focused on community engagement and social justice. 

  • Jahn Jaramillo, MPH

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    Jahn Jaramillo, MPH, is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health. He has over 10 years of public health experience in the areas of HIV prevention, infectious disease surveillance, and communications and has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Guatemala City and Atlanta, the World Health Organization in Thailand and the Philippines, RTI International in Seattle, and at an HIV/AIDS community-based organization in New York City. Jahn was also a Fulbright scholar in Thailand, where he taught English to Thai youth. His research interests include the health of sexual and gender minorities, the application of identity and cultural considerations to health promotion and HIV prevention strategies, and the development and testing of HIV interventions to deliver medically appropriate and culturally competent care to diverse populations. He is looking forward to obtaining new skills in study design, intervention development, and program evaluation to address persistent gaps in access to HIV-prevention services among Latinx sexual minority men, collaborating with esteemed HIV behavioral scientists, and cultivating community among the first CHANGE cohort.

  • Devina Dave, MSPH

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    Devina started her UM career as a Master of Science in Public Health and is a PhD candidate in the Prevention Science and Community Health Program. Her research interests include the application of the third wave of cognitive behavioral therapies (contemplative practices) to her work, emphasizing the reduction in judgement of thoughts, feelings, and experiences in an already often stigmatized populationunfolding opportunities to strengthen coping strategies and promote resilienceShe is also interested in the life course perspective and intergenerational links of HIV related stigma and trauma and the ways family and social relationships impact mental health outcomes, particularly for women and youth.  She is excited that the CHANGE program gives her this amazing opportunity for interdisciplinary training and skills necessary to eventually develop, implement and evaluate an intervention aimed to reduce disparities and promote health among at risk and HIV positive minorities through combined prevention and treatment modalitiesShe would like to continue to directly work with community stakeholders on sustainable projects that empower them towards better health outcomes.