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2017 Ruderman Scholars

2017 Scholars

Samantha Doonan

Samantha Doonan '17 currently works at the Boston VA Healthcare System as a Health Science Specialist for the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Training Program, an evidence-based psychotherapy dissemination initiative funded by the VA Office for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The program is affiliated with the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division. She provides logistical and operational support for the VA-wide training program which includes over 70 regional CPT trainers.  She is involved in program evaluation efforts which include data entry, cleaning, and analysis. She is interested in examining how service-connection status, a critical financial support for Veterans with disabilities resulting from service, relates to successful PTSD treatment outcomes.

Shayna Korol

Shayna Korol '17 majored in HSSP. She has been involved with many programs that support people with disabilities. Locally, she has volunteered with Brandeis Buddies and the Greater Waltham Arc. At home in Illinois, she previously volunteered with Best Buddies and Buddy Baseball, and has interned at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Last summer she interned in Tzfat, Israel at the Center for Child Development at the Rivka Ziv Regional Hospital.

Leah Levine

Leah Levine '17 was a double major in Psychology and HSSP. She is particularly interested in issues and policies supporting the lives of people with Alzheimer’s. Ms. Levine spent the 2015 Fall semester studying in Quito, Ecuador, where she completed a project on Alzheimer’s in Latin America. In Waltham, she has volunteered at the Memory Café through the Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the Marist Hill Nursing Home, and she is a leader in the newly formed Brandeis club, Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease. She spent her Ruderman summer interning with the Alzheimer’s Association doing outreach and education in the Latino community in Boston.

Kekoa Lopez

Kekoa Lopez '16 majored in HSSP. Kekoa first became interested in disability issues following a unit on deaf culture in Dr. Sara Shostak’s class Sociology of the Body and Health. He has interned with the Arc of Massachusetts.

Nicole Wengrofsky

Nicole Wengrofsky '18, a rising senior, is double majoring in Biology and HSSP. She previously spent a year in Israel interning at Melabev, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer’s. This summer she is working with Klan’s Parent Advocacy and Resource Center (PARC) department in New York.

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