Pictured from left to right (Front row): Michelle Meneses, Jonathan Pak, Dr. Hahm, Mario Feranil, and Julia Iansiti. (Back row): Michelle Tagerman, Christine Chiao, and Felicia Lesman.

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.

Mario Feranil

Research Coordinator


Mario graduated from Boston University with a degree in Human Physiology in 2013. He is interested in understanding how the cultural and economic backgrounds of individuals shape their health behaviors. He hopes to pursue a future career in medicine where he can combine public health techniques and insights with direct patient interaction.

Mario is working with Dr. Hahm on the article:

Hahm, H.C., Augsberger, A., & Feranil, M.. Depression, substance use, and forgone healthcare among Asian American women who were sexually assaulted. (in progress).

Hong, J.S., Voisin, D.R., Hahm, H.C.,& Feranil, M. (submitted). A  systematic review of sexual knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of South Korean adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence.

Mario Has worked on the following presentations with Dr. Hahm:

Hahm, H.C., Augsberger, A., Feranil, M., & Ha, J.N. (2014, October). A Mixed Methodology Study on the Mental Health, Substance Use, and HIV Risk Behavior Patterns among Young Asian-American Women with a History of Forced Sex. Poster presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) in Boston, MA.

Hahm, H.C., Augsberger, A., Feranil, M. (2014, March). Forced Sex, Substance Use, HIV Risk Behaviors – Young Asian American Immigrant Women. Part of the Panel: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Immigrant Populations. 6th Annual Health Disparities Conference in New York, New York.

Hahm, H.C., Cook, B., Feranil, M., & Valentine, A. (2014, January). Mental health diagnosis and patterns of mental health care utilization among Asian-American women who were sexually assaulted. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Michelle Tagerman


Michelle recently graduated from Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences where she studied health science and public health. She is getting her Masters of Science in Management Studies at the Boston University Questrom School of Business in the fall. She is interested in health disparities research and the effect of organization and delivery of health care systems on health outcomes. Michelle hopes to go on to work in health care policy and management.

Michelle has worked on the following presentation with Dr. Hahm:

Hahm, H.C., Meneses, M.A., Tagerman, M.D., Pak J. (2014, October). Translational Research: From Observational Study to Intervention Development- The Creation of AWARE (Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment). Oral presentation at Soongsil University, Seoul, South Korea.

Hahm, H.C., Lee, C., Tagerman, M., Maru, M. (October, 2015). A pilot intervention to reduce depressive symptoms and suicidal behaviors of young Asian American women. Poster presentation at the International Summit on Suicide Research, New York City, NY.

Hahm, H.C., Augsberger, A., Feranil, M., Jang, J., & Tagerman, M. The associations between forced sex and severe mental health, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors among Asian-American women. Violence Against Women. Forthcoming 2015.

Hahm, H.C., Feranil, M., Tagerman, M., Meneses, M., Liang, V., Choi, Y., Hien, D. (2015, August). A pilot intervention to improve the mental and sexual health of young Asian American women. Paper presentation at the American Psychological Association 15th Annual Conference, Toronto Canada.

Hahm, H. C., Tagerman, M., Dougher, D., Iansiti, J. (2015, March). Epidemiology of Asian-American women’s mental health and the creation of AWARE (Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment). Invited Lecture at Ewha Women’s University. Seoul, South Korea.

Hahm, H.C., Meneses, M.A., Tagerman, M., Pak J. (2014, October). Translational Research: From Observational Study to Intervention Development: The Creation of AWARE (Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment). Invited Special Lecture at Soongsil University. Seoul, South Korea.

Michelle can be contacted at

Daniel Cha

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Daniel is currently a rising junior studying to earn his Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology at Boston University’s Sargent College. He is interested in going to medical school and then hopes to be able to join the army as a medical officer. He dreams of being able to serve his country and travel the world as a member of the United States Army. As a research assistant and outreach coordinator for AWSHIP, Daniel has worked alongside Dr. Hahm to prepare multiple papers and presentations and has reached out to the greater Boston community to bring awareness to the organization’s ongoing efforts to empower Asian American women.

Elaine Choe


Elaine Choe is a rising Junior at Boston University studying International Relations. She is part of the outreach team for the AWARE study.

Bohyung Yoon


Bohyung recently graduated from Brandeis University with BS in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She is interested in clinical research related to health IT, policy and bio-pharmaceutic fields. I am assisting in managing participants data for the AWARE study.

Katherine Li


Kathee is a second year medical student at the University of Massachusetts. She’s has not decoded what field of medicine she’s planning to pursue, but is interested in becoming a primary care physician. Her interest in Asian American barriers to healthcare brought her to AWSHIP, where she’s currently working as a research assistant. In her free time, Kathee enjoys playing volleyball and tennis.

Meaghan C. Dougher

Meaghan is a junior studying biology and biological anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has been working with AWSHIP since March 2014. Meaghan currently interns at the Montgomery County Coroner in Pennsylvania assisting with autopsies and helping medical investigators. She is originally from southeastern Pennsylvania and volunteers at a local hospital. At Boston University, Meaghan is a member of BU bands acting as a section leader for marching band and pep band. She is also a brother and current chapter Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary fraternity for college band members. Meaghan is currently working on a paper with Hyeouk Chris Hahm and Astraea Augsberger.

Meaghan has worked on the following presentation with Dr. Hahm:

Augsberger, A., Hahm, H.C., & Dougher, M.C. & Yeung, A.S. (2014, October). Barriers to substance use and mental health utilization among Asian-American women: Exploring the conflict between emotional distress and cultural stigma. Oral presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference in Boston, MA.


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