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

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Ruth Berhanu

2021 Summer Intern

Ruth is an MPH student at Boston University who worked with the Wallace Center as an AMCHP intern conducting interviews with doulas about the future of maternal health.

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Aurora Chavez

2021 Summer Intern

Aurora worked with Expecting Justice supporting the Abundant Birth Project, Racism as a Root Cause Approach and launching the Summer 2021 Doula Training.

Nika Darvish

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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

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Ifunanya Dibiaezue

Graduate Student Researcher

Ifunanya is a DrPH student working with faculty to design a project that applies human-centered design to reimagine the future of perinatal care.

Lauren Dinsmore

Graduate Student Researcher

Lauren is an MPH student examining the future of maternal healthcare in the United States by conducting stakeholder interviews with expectant mothers, doulas, midwives, and technology innovators.

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Julie Grassian

Trainee Award Recipient

Julie is an MPH student who completed their undergraduate degree in psychology and public health at UCLA.

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Rachel Harvill

Trainee Award Recipient

Rachel is an MPH student who graduated with an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics from Willamette University.

Hannah Hecht

Graduate Student Researcher

Hannah Hecht is an MPH student working on multiple projects, including a study on the impact of COVID-19 on reproductive and maternal health care.

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Noel Leon

2021 Summer Intern

Noel worked with Hesperian Health Guides as a summer intern testing their family planning app's utility for Spanish-speaking community health workers.

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Elana Muldavin

2021 Summer Intern

Elana worked with Gobee Group as a summer intern to help develop Tomorrow Lab, a human centered design lab that can be used for a variety of topics.

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Sam Robertson

Graduate Student Researcher

Sam is a PhD student who is analyzing mobile health tracking data to understand how behavioral factors are associated with menstrual cycle characteristics in adolescents.

Julia Ryan

Graduate Student Researcher

Julia is a DrPH student helping to disseminate the findings from a data science analysis of online community forums about contraception on Reddit, a popular social media platform.

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Haripriya (Priya) Sathyanarayanan

Dissertation Award Recipient

Priya is a doctoral student studying architecture in the College of Environmental Design. Her dissertation research focuses on immersive virtual environments and patient-centered design in pediatric healthcare built environments.

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Allie Smith

Graduate Student Researcher

Allie is an MPH student working with faculty to investigate patient perceptions of perinatal telehealth services.

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Clara Yang

Graduate Student Researcher

Clara is a MPH student researching health insurance payers perspectives on community based models of doula care, in light of recent approval of Medi-Cal coverage of doula care.

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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