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2017 Ruderman Scholars

2017 Scholars

Samantha Doonan

Samantha Doonan '17 currently works at the Boston Veteran Affairs (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. 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 currently a Recruitment Assistant at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she recruits participants for Alzheimer's disease clinical trials and observational studies, writes and circulates our center newsletter, maintains and organizes various recruitment databases, and organizes and attends outreach and educational events about Alzheimer's disease and research.

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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