BU Asian-American Women’s Sexual Health Initiative Project’s staff is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students with a variety of interests and concentrations.
Christina graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in psychology and joined AWSHIP in winter 2014. She hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology and return to South Korea, where she hopes to fight the stigma surrounding mental health. Her interests lie in the development and implementation of preventive interventions, as well as risk and protective factors for adolescent depression and suicide. In her free time, she likes to travel, read, and eat.
Ph.D. student, M.A., M.S.W.
Mihoko Maru is a first-year Ph.D. student at the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her B.A. in Music at Bates College, M.A. in Psychology and M.S.W. from Boston University. Mihoko worked as a research coordinator at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation between 2008 and 2015 where she was involved in the implementation of various intervention studies and evaluations of programs for adults with psychiatric disabilities. Her research interests include mental health and culturally competent mental health services and program development for immigrants, particularly, for Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Mihoko is originally from Tokyo, Japan and has lived in New England since 1998. She joined AWSHIP in September 2015.
Ozy is currently a sophomore studying Mathematics, concentrating in Statistics, at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He plans on going to medical school after completion of his undergraduate degree hoping to pursue a career in the Medical field. He is a research intern for Dr. Hahm assisting with Statistical analysis and data management among other tasks. He is on the Honor board for Delta Tau Delta, a member of the BU Ozone Pilots Ultimate Frisbee team, a BU Red Cross volunteer, and enjoys playing basketball in his free time.
Mia is a sophomore in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, majoring in Health Science and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She plans on earning her Master of Public Health with a concentration in sexual and reproductive health. As a research intern for Dr. Hahm, Mia researches, writes, edits, and transcribes among other things. In addition to working at AWSHIP, Mia teaches high school students sex education and works at BU’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center.
Nishtha is currently a rising junior in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University where she is majoring in Health Science and is also on the Pre-Medicine track. In the future, she hopes to become a physician and public health researcher, working to reduce disparities in access to healthcare. Nishtha became a research assistant at AWSHIP this May, and has been working on transcriptions, literature searches, and more. Outside of AWSHIP, Nishtha is a Health Leads volunteer at the Boston Medical Center. In her free time she enjoys going for walks around Boston and trying new foods.
Yujin Kim is a junior studying psychology at Boston University. She has studied Sociology and Economics in Seoul, South Korea and Vancouver, Canada. She joined AWSHIP this semester to gain social science research experience; since then, she has been helping us with grant writing and editing the AWSHIP monthly newsletters. After graduation, Yujin wants to go to law school with a concentration in international law. She wants to contribute to social and economic international contracts, especially those involving human rights.
Monica is a rising senior at BU studying Biology specializing in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and concurrently getting her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology through the 4+1 program. Outside of the lab, Monica volunteers with Health Leads to connect patients at Boston Medical Center with non-medical resources, works as a Resident Assistant, and enjoys exploring Boston – either through long runs through the city or kayaking on the Charles.