Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board comprises students and emerging professionals dedicated to engaging as researchers, teachers, practitioners, and advocates in the field of global mental health.

Young Professionals Board

Kelsey Clayman

Kelsey Clayman is the Program Coordinator for the Global Mental Health Program. During her undergraduate education, Kelsey researched novel neuroimaging techniques at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and brain cancer genetics at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, she began work at the University of Chicago studying predictive and preventive factors for alcohol addiction. Her research interests include the intersection of neurobiology and mental health on a local and global scale, utilizing scientific discovery to understand, inform, and reduce the stigma of mental illness worldwide. She earned her BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University.

Kristen Hawley

Kristen Hawley is an Account Executive at FCB Health where she focuses on brand launch and communications for a breakthrough leukemia and lymphoma drug. Having received her BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from Colgate University, her knowledge is strategically grounded in science with an understanding of multi-channel approaches to promotion and disease education for healthcare providers. Throughout her time growing up in Hong Kong, she spent summers volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and Shanghai for Pre-K through 8th Grade students. It was through these experiences that she developed her passion and commitment to life sciences and health education.

Will Henderson

Will Henderson is an Analyst at Tunbridge Partners, which invests in commercial real estate owners and operators. Prior to Tunbridge, he worked in Macquarie Capital’s real estate advisory group. Will is active in a number of organizations providing mentorship to high school students in the New York Metro area related to college and career opportunities. He received a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Jillian Kuhn, MSW

Jillian’s passion for helping others stemmed from an internship at Andrus Children’s Center, a residential center, where she worked with severely emotionally disturbed children on the autism spectrum. Upon graduation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she received her BA in Psychology and French & Francophone studies, Jillian moved to France for two years to teach English to children in low-income neighborhoods. Jillian Kuhn is currently attending Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) (expected graduation May, 2017) where she focuses on children and adolescent psychology and trauma research. During her first year at CUSSW she interned at the International Rescue Committee working with child refugees and their families. Currently, she interns at Mount Sinai’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Unit.  Jillian is also a research assistant working on creating a universal trauma and shame scale.

Ian McIntire

Ian McIntire is an Associate at Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital. He joined the firm in August, 2015 and is based in New York. Through his work at Wells Fargo, he actively participates in various organizations aimed at promoting affordable housing development both in the greater New York area and throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor in Finance from Boston University.

Conor O'Neill

Conor O’Neill is an MBA student studying real estate at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Maida Engineering, a design firm in Philadelphia. There, he spent four years developing engineering systems for clients such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson. Conor graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College.

Cara Scharf

Cara received her B.A. in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University and currently works in healthcare public relations at Edelman, where she helps pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare organizations tell their stories and navigate the increasingly complex healthcare landscape. She has previous experience working for both global and community-based nonprofit organizations, and through her work, academic studies and personal experience has developed a deep passion for global mental health research and advocacy.

Amanda Somekh

Amanda Somekh received a B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College and is currently teaching at a therapeutic school for students with autism and other developmental delays. Previous to teaching, Amanda worked as a project coordinator at a public art non-profit organization called CITYarts, organizing public mural projects for schools that lacked arts funding. During this time, Amanda began volunteer work with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s on-site music therapy program and continues to work with children and young adults in music therapy sessions every weekend.

Cara Spitalewitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Cara Spitalewitz is currently a postdoctoral clinician at Bellevue Hospital Center Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic through the Mental Health Service Corps. She received her B.A. in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was an Urban Scholar. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Long Island University-Brooklyn, and her predoctoral internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.

Sara Uebelein

Sara Uebelein is an Analyst on the Hedge Fund Services team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, she is responsible for implementing specific initiatives designed to drive market share with hedge fund clients. She joined the firm in 2015, and is an active member of Global Banking & Markets Women’s Leadership Council. Sara was the co-chair of the Women’s Venture Fund Gala in 2016, which raises funds in support of women entrepreneurs in New York. She holds a Bachelor in Accounting degree from George Washington University.

Lara Watson

Lara Watson is an Account Manager at ARTIFECT, a boutique consulting firm supporting established and emerging fashion and lifestyle brands. She joined the agency at its start up phase and has played a significant role in growing the business. Lara is an active member of the Women’s Venture Fund Committee, which raises funds in support of women entrepreneurs in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University.

Patricia Way

Patricia works at Ralph Lauren after receiving her B.A. in History from Whitman College and her M.A. in Costume Studies from New York University. While pursuing her M.A., Patricia worked to execute a conference on costume design, co-curate a fashion exhibition, and organize multiple educational panels. She has experience working in the theater and museums where she developed an excitement for community outreach.

Alana Weinstein

Alana Weinstein is the Head of Publisher Account Management at Taboola, the world’s leading discovery platform. In this role, she leads a team of Account Managers who help publishers grow and monetize their websites. She joined Taboola in 2013, and previously worked at a number of advertising technology start-ups in the video space. Alana graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a B.S. in Public Relations.

Lindsey Yudkoff, MSW

Lindsey Yudkoff will be graduating from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in May 2017, with a concentration in social policy.  Prior to her graduate school studies, Lindsey operated as a member of the Evidence-Based Practice Team within the Annie E. Casey Foundation where her work focused on promoting empirically based programs, practices and policies within all child-related systems.  Lindsey first became involved with the Foundation as an intern in the summer of 2011, where due to her strong work performance, she was hired into a full-time position as the first-ever Bachelor degree graduate in the unit’s Model Refinement and Tool Development sub-team.  Lindsey holds a strong interest in improving the efficiency and efficacy of social service initiatives.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.

Brooke Ziegelbaum, Psy.D.

Dr. Brooke Ziegelbaum is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Cognitive Behavioral Psychology of NY where she provides individual treatment and neuropsychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults. She is also the trainee Member at Large for the American Psychological Association’s Emerging Adulthood Special Interest Group. Brooke received her doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University after completing her predoctoral internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.

Chelsea Ziegelbaum

Chelsea Ziegelbaum is the Director of Investments at Rouse Properties, a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, where she invests in large scale retail real estate across the United States. She received her B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.