Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Andre Fiks Salem

André Fiks Salem is an undergraduate student at Columbia University class of 2019 majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and following the premedical track. André is Seminar Co-Coordinator for Milton Wainberg’s T32 Global Mental Health Implementation Fellowship. Previously, he was a research intern in Martin Chalfie’s molecular biology lab on C. elegans mechanosensation. André is interested in the integration of mental health to standard healthcare in scalable, efficient, and sustainable strategies, using local communities in low- and middle-income countries.

Julia Pike-Forster

Julia Pike-Forster is a Psychology and Political Science major in her first year at Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in studying policy regarding mental health and other stigmatized diseases. Over the summer of 2015, she worked as a teacher at the East Harlem school, which helped her realize her passion for studying childhood development and the ways in which a child’s environment can affect their minds. For her senior project in high school, she developed a curriculum that was integrated into the introductory biology class at her school, meant to introduce students to the biological background, importance, and pervasiveness of mental illness. At Johns Hopkins she is participating in the Sexual Assault Research Unit – a club which provides a 24 hour hotline for sexual assault survivors and works to destigmatize and raise awareness of sexual violence – and Active Minds.

Jaclyn Schess

Jaclyn Schess (Yale College, 2018) is from Syosset, New York. She is a Global Health Fellow studying economics and specifically interested in empirical microeconomics as it can inform health policy decision-making. Jaclyn hopes for her career to focus on global mental health, working at the intersection of research and policy. She has worked as a research assistant at the Queensland Center for Mental Health Research under the direction of Dr. Harvey Whiteford and is serving as lead author on a paper investigating government expenditure on services for mental health carers in Australia. She was also involved in work evaluating the implementation of WHO’s mhGAP in Fiji. She is looking forward to serving as a research intern at Sangath, in Goa, India this summer in their Addictions Research Group. Jaclyn is interested in pursing graduate work in the UK in health economics and/or health policy and a PhD in health policy relating to mental health down the road. You can reach Jaclyn at jaclyn.schess@yale.edu.

Sara Wetzler

Sara Wetzler is a rising sophomore at Harvard University considering concentrating in History and Science with a focus in Mind, Brain, and Behavior and pursuing the Global Health and Health Policy secondary. Her passion for global health stems from her interest and work in microfinance. In the past, she has done neuroscience research relating to cerebellum disorders, and she has also studied child cognitive and neurological development for her bioethics course where she explored what age minors should be included in medical decision-making. Her activities on campus include Partners in Health Engage, Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, club basketball, and is a writer for Spoon University. She is also the Director of Workshops and Speakers for the Latinas Empowerment and Development conference. Sara looks forward to continuing her work in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and spreading awareness of its importance, as she believes that there is no health without mental health.