Students & training

The Wallace Center is committed to training and mentoring new leaders in at the intersection of technology, innovation, and MCAH

Training the leaders of tomorrow

To develop future leaders trained in innovative MCAH research, we provide the following opportunities for students across the UC Berkeley campus:

Graduate Student Researchers

We provide Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) opportunities on an array of faculty research projects.

Undergraduate students

We provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work with our faculty on research projects.

Summer internships

We work with our collaborators to create graduate summer internships opportunities at their organization.

 postdoctoral fellowships

We mentor postdoctoral students conducting research in technology, innovation, and MCAH.

MPH traineeship awards

We provide financial awards to incoming MCAH MPH students with experience in technology and innovation.

Doctoral dissertation awards

We provide doctoral students with funding for dissertation research related to MCAH innovation and technology.

Our current students and trainees

Laura Atukunda

Summer 2020 intern

Laura is an MPH student who worked on a project with our partner Gobee Group last summer using human-centered insights to drive demand and use of a family planning toolkit.

Dani Behonick

Summer 2020 intern

Dani is an MPH student who conducted a qualitative study examining abortion support worker perspectives on the Safe Abortion mobile app during her internship at Hesperian Health Guides.

Rachel Berkowitz

Postdoctoral fellow

Rachel is a UC Berkeley Sutter Health Research Fellow in Health Equity & Implementation Science assessing shift to telehealth modalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on MCH outcomes.

Linh Bui

Postdoctoral fellow

Linh is a UC Berkeley Sutter Health Research Fellow in Health Equity & Implementation Science assessing shift to telehealth modalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on MCH outcomes.

Nika Darvish

Undergraduate student researcher

Nika Darvish is an undergraduate working to examine the future of maternal healthcare in the United States by conducting stakeholder interviews with expectant mothers, doulas, midwives, and technology innovators.

Lauren Dinsmore

Trainee award recipient

Lauren is an MPH student who previously worked in technology education providing support to adult learners. Lauren hopes to study education equity, childhood health outcomes, and the intersection of technology in public health.

Elle Ford

Summer 2020 intern

At MOMentum Park last summer, Elle, an MPH student, worked on a project designing digital solutions to provide prenatal health resources to African American moms to target racial inequities in MCH health outcomes.

Mayela Gillan

Summer 2020 intern

Mayela is an MPH student who worked to engage and educate communities in Kings County, CA on the arsenic contamination present in their groundwater during her internship with our partner Health Research for Action.

Sarah Han

Graduate Student Researcher

Sarah is an MPH student who created the Wallace website and is conducting research on adolescent mensuration using a period tracking app.

Hannah Hecht

Trainee award recipient

Hannah is an MPH student who aims to understand the incorporaon of state-of-the-art technology into methods for studying and researching MCAH outcomes.

Erin Hubbard

Graduate Student Researcher

Erin Hubbard is an MPH student working with faculty on multiple projects, including gathering stakeholder perspectives on research about community doula care in California.

Sarah Johnson

Summer 2020 intern

Sarah is an MPH student who worked with our partner Gobee Group last summer to apply human-centered design to inform community-based access to HIV treatment and to prevent domestic violence

Grace Krueger

Graduate student researcher

Grace is an MPH student working with on research assessing telehealth and remote monitoring for pregnant patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Andrea Mackey

Graduate student researcher

Andrea is an MPH student working give voice to the needs of California youth experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minx Manuel

Summer 2020 intern

Minx is an MPH student who worked on a project using a place-based approach and environmental justice to tackle preterm birth and infant mortality in Fresno, CA during her internship with our partner FRESNO Grows.

Betsy Pleasants

Graduate student researcher

Elizabeth is a DrPH student working with faculty and students on using customized Google APIs to study internet searches related to reproductive health.

Cheng Ren

Graduate student researcher

Cheng is a PhD student using data science to analyze online community forums about contraception on Reddit, a popular social media platform.

Julia Ryan

Graduate student researcher

Julia is a DrPH student working with faculty on a discrete choice experiment to conduct sexual and reproductive health service planning for adolescents.

Michaela Taylor

Summer 2020 intern

Michaela is an MPH student who worked with our partners at Expecting Justice to plan, develop and test a new anti-racism training for providers, public health professionals, and institutional leaders who interact with pregnant people.

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Kate Walrath

Summer 2020 intern

Kate is an MPH student who worked with our partner Find Connect to evaluate the success of their virtual tools for families navigating preventive care, in comparison to in-person navigation at a local clinic.

Leading innovation in MCAH research

We conduct actionable research in innovation and technology to achieve health equity in maternal, child, and adolescent health

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