Saúl Ramírez is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at Harvard University. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016, where his majors were Chicano Studies and Ethnic Studies, and his minors were Education and Global Poverty and Practice. In 2019, Saúl earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. There, he cultivated his research interests in crimmigration—the intersection of the immigration and criminal justice systems—by advocating for clients through legal clinics. In graduate school, he is pursuing his research interests, including immigration, crime, and the sociology of law. He is a 2020 recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans and a 2021–2022 Graduate Student Affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Tyler Woods is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at Harvard University. Broadly, his research interests include poverty, precarious work, social welfare policy, and natural disasters. His current work investigates the public and private safety nets that low-income households draw upon following a natural disaster. He serves as a research assistant on the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) project, and he is a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Prior to Harvard, Tyler worked as a research analyst at the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. While at Urban, he conducted research on the safety net and the social and economic well-being of low-income and vulnerable children and families, including projects related to cash assistance, Head Start, subsidized childcare, and healthy marriage and relationship education programs. His portfolio of work also included studies on veteran families, children of immigrants, refugee integration, and racial and ethnic disparities in human services. He received his BA in Sociology with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities from Rice University.
Marie-Claire Meadows is a Ph.D. Student in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her research interests include the physical and mental health effects of climate disasters, climate-induced migration, and extreme weather. Previously, she received her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health in 2022 and her B.A. in Global Health from the University of Connecticut in 2020. She is also the 2022-2023 recipient of the Finnegan-Mosberger Family Fellowship for Ph.D.-seeking students at the University of Minnesota. In addition to serving as a research assistant for the RISK project, she assists on studies focused on intergenerational trauma, air pollution, and climate migrants.
Noelle Serino is an MPH Student in Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include the intersection of health equity, community wellness, and health policy reform, with a particular focus on environmental and reproductive justice. Prior to her studies at Yale, she received her BA in Public Health and Justice & Law from American University in 2021.
Gabe DiAntonio is an undergraduate student at Harvard College. He is studying economics and computer science, with a particular interest in what makes communities and individuals resilient to the effects of natural disasters. His project with RISK focuses on turning participant interview transcripts into short biographies useful for RISK researchers.
Enjoli Hall is a Ph.D. student and Ford Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research is at the intersection of urban planning and public health and focuses on dynamic relationships between racism, climate change, health, and Black life. She serves as a teaching assistant for courses in environmental justice and community development. Prior to MIT, she worked as a regional planner in her home of Western New York, contributing to various research and engagement projects to strengthen community-clinical linkages, commercial corridors, and stormwater infrastructure in Black communities.
Monica Arkin is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Using a biopsychosocial-spiritual lens, her work explores how people across the lifespan cope with adversity and continue to live meaningful lives after experiencing trauma. She is interested in listening to and learning from survivors of trauma to better understand how mental health clinicians can partner with pre-existing support systems (family, friends, neighbors, spiritual community) to address wellness holistically. Monica is also interested in intergenerational mental and behavioral health, particularly how caregiver mental health may influence child and adolescent wellness.
Jessica Bonumwezi is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University. She grew up in Kigali, Rwanda and graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a B.A. in Psychology and Biology. Her research interests are centered around trauma and examining the effects of culture on trauma-related disorders in minority and underserved populations. Her recent projects are looking at discrimination-related trauma and intergenerational trauma transmission.
Cy Poon is a Doctoral Candidate at UMass Boston’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is interested in studying how support networks and non-parental adults affect developmental trajectories of trauma-exposed youths in vulnerable settings around the globe. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from UMass Boston and her BA in Psychology from Wheaton College.
Justin Preston is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University. His research interests include the long-term impacts of mass trauma on mental health and the ways that social support and interpersonal relationships can be used to transition from relief to recovery, and the use of mentoring as a context for fostering social inclusion in community settings domestically and internationally.