Pictured from front to back (Left side): Nishtha Ahuja, Rachel John, Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm (Right side): Grace Lei, Ozy Meghani, Zach Silverman, Sophia AuDuong

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.

Rachel John

Research Coordinator


Rachel grew up in Philadelphia, PA and has been based in St. Louis, MO for the past seven years. She has a BA from Temple University, a MPH from Drexel University, and a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the BU School of Social Work. Rachel’s research focuses on access to health and education issues for immigrants. She started working at AWSHIP in September as our research coordinator.

Nishtha Ahuja

Research Assistant 


Nishtha is currently a junior in the 4+1 BS/MPH program 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 last 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.

Grace Lei

Research Assistant 


Grace is currently a senior in Sargent College Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University studying Human Physiology with a minor in Public Health. Grace joined AWSHIP this September because of her interests in mental health among Asian American women. Born and raised in Honolulu, HI, Grace realized the importance of mental health, especially among Asian-American populations, and hopes to translate her knowledge gained from AWSHIP to those back at home. Outside of AWSHIP, Grace enjoys spending time with her friends and traveling to new places.

Kimberly Tran

Research Assistant 


Kimberly is currently a senior studying Health Science at Boston University. She hopes to pursue a career in Public Health with a focus on reducing minority health disparities. She just joined AWSHIP as a research assistant this January and is excited to learn more about the mental health of Asian American women. Outside of AWSHIP, Kim is a Telehealth volunteer in the Pediatric Neurology department at Boston Medical Center, where she works with epilepsy patients to create online care plans for them. In her free time, Kim likes to read or dance. 

Jenny Hsi

Research Assistant 

Jenny Hsi is a doctoral student in public health leadership and practice at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  Her thesis research examines the cultural and institutional aspects of mental health and identity development among Chinese international students in the US.  She is also an organizer of the “Let’s Talk!” annual conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education promoting the success and wellbeing of Asian and Asian American students.  Prior to graduate school, Jenny has worked in Beijing, China on HIV epidemiology research and tobacco control policy and advocacy.  She grew up in Hsinchu, Taiwan and Vancouver, Canada.

Ozy Meghani

Research Assistant



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