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Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, PhD

Director
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath is the Director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness. He also holds a joint appointment at the MacGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is the Director of the Center for Translational Health Communication Science at Harvard Chan and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Viswanath’s work, drawing from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior…

Mesfin Bekalu, PhD

Research Scientist
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Mesfin Bekalu’s research interests are centered on health communication, with a specific focus on investigating the intended and unintended effects of media and messages on health-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. This research involves studying the effects of campaign materials designed and produced for strategic communication purposes and delivered through different media (print, broadcast, and the internet), as well as the unintended harmful and/or beneficial effects of media and messages on…

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Anne-Josée Guimond, PhD

Research Associate
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Anne-Josée Guimond, Ph.D., is a research associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research aims to understand how positive and detrimental aspects of psychological functioning impact the incidence of age-related conditions (e.g., cardiometabolic disease, cognitive decline) and the maintenance of optimal physical health through modifiable biological and behavioral factors. Her work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Guimond received a Ph.D. in clinical…

Laura Marciano, PhD

Research Fellow
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Laura Marciano earned her PhD in Health Communication from USI Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). During her doctoral studies, she investigated the link between digital media use, mental health, and young people by collaborating on research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She received an SNSF Postdoc.Mobility grant to work as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health with Center Co-Director…

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Rachel Faulkenberry McCloud, ScD, MPH

Research Scientist
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Rachel McCloud’s research focuses on the impact of smartphones and other devices in data gathering and disease prevention. She is studying how connectivity and technology issues impact the ability of individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to use their smartphones for internet access and public health research. Dr. McCloud received her ScD in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard Chan School, where she focused on health communication in community-based settings.…

Jennifer Kwon

Research Assistant
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Jennifer recently graduated from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health with an Master of Public Health degree in Health and Social Behavior. Her research interests lie in the development and implementation of culturally-sensitive psychoeducation and stigma reduction programs, as well as the interplay between mental health related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and health communication messages and methods. She has a BA in Psychology and East Asian Languages and Civilizations…

Jaime Mchunu, MA

Assistant Director of Operations and Strategy
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Jaime Mchunu is the Assistant Director of Operations and Strategy for the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jaime is an international development and public health professional with over a decade of experience supporting social change through program evaluation, project management, and business development in the non-profit and academic sectors. She has worked as an administrator and program manager with…

Sundas Saboor

Research Assistant
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Sundas is an Master of Public Health graduate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, concentrating in Maternal Child Health (Health and Social Behavior). She is an international physician interested in child health and mental health, with diverse research experience in Pakistan, Canada and the US. At Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Sundas is working with Dr. Laura Marciano to assess relationship of well-being, young people…

Ayla Fudala, MA

Center Staff - Communications Coordinator
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Ayla is the Communications Coordinator for the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Before beginning this position, she served for four years as Environmental Humanities Program Coordinator at Colby College, and for one year as Staff Writer and Environmental Educator at Planet Bee Foundation. She holds B.A.s in English and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and…

Lisa Berkman, PhD, MS

Affiliate Scientist
Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Director, PhD Program in Population Health Sciences
Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy
Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health