Jennifer Felder, Ph.D
Jennifer N. Felder, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Her work focuses on developing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions to promote mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Felder completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Colorado Boulder, and her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center.
Elissa Epel, Ph.D
Aric Prather, PhD
Esperanza Castillo, MS
Esperanza is primarily trained as a basic scientist, she holds a Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University where she studied stress as a function of the gut microbiome. Her broad research interests include studying health disparities, women’s health and stress. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, and her cat -- not necessarily in that order.
Nhi Chu is currently a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Cell Developmental Biology. Her research interests include child psychology and preventative cancer methods. After graduation, she hopes to complete her M.D with a specialty in pediatrics. In her free time, Nhi enjoys traveling, running, and exploring new eateries in the Bay area.
REST Study Alumni
Alison Hartman, BA- Project Coordinator
Alison Hartman, B.A., was the Project Director for the REST Study from 2016-2018. Alison is currently pursuing her PhD at Drexel University in women's health psychology, with a particular focus on stress, sleep, and depression in perinatal women. In 2015, Alison earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests are in maternal mental health and women's reproductive health.
Angad Jhandi - Research Assistant
Angad is a sophomore at UC Berkeley currently pursuing a degree in psychology. He is specifically interested in how changing mind and behavior can contribute to better overall health. In his free time, Angad enjoys hiking, cooking, and music. After graduation he hopes to continue his education and pursue a career in the medical field.
Andrea Donis- Research Assistant
Andrea Donis is a 4th year student at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A in Social Welfare. Her research interests include understanding mental health disparities across different communities. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology where she can look into these interests more deeply, and eventually incorporate them in her work as a clinician.
Joaleen Johnson- Research Assistant
Joaleen Johnson is currently pursuing her Master’s degree as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at UCSF. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013. Since graduating, she has worked as a project coordinator at the Palo Alto VA on a study examining how sleep impacts cannabis use in Veterans and was a clinical interviewer for a study evaluating the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Veterans with psychosis on the inpatient unit at the VA. Joaleen plans on pursuing a PhD upon completion of her Masters in nursing. Her research interests are focused on sleep as a transdiagnostic mechanism and area for intervention in the promotion of mental health across mental illness.