Michelle Bernabe is a Columbia University trained nurse who is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and believes strongly in human rights and gender equality. Michelle has spent time as a patient advocate for women with late stage cancer, as a health advocate in East Africa, as a counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald, and as a meditation facilitator in a maximum security prison where she once caused the yard to go on full lockdown by, unknowingly, pressing the panic button. In all her time spent as a “grown up” thus far, Michelle has found herself most drawn to people’s stories and the neglect of psychosocial issues in many of the men, women, and children she has been fortunate enough to meet.
Juexing Deng is a Master of Laws candidate at George Washington University Law School. She is from mainland China and is interested in contributing to LGBT mental health and human rights research.
Camille Crombé studied Law in Belgium and pursued a LLM in Public International Law in London where she specialized in International Human Rights Law. She has had work experience in international organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in London (UNHCR), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania (ICTR), the European legation to the UN in New York and in various NGOs in the UK, Nicaragua and Peru. She is now working at the EU Delegation to the UN in the political team. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
Erica Tanne, intern, is working on the Detention Study at the Research Institute Without Walls. Her main areas of interest within clinical psychology are anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents. Erica plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, after which she hopes to work with underserved youth.
Christie Julien is in her second year at Fordham University pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is currently interning at Baruch College’s Starr Career Development Center. She hopes to work in a community setting and focus specifically on mental health issues for adolescent and multicultural populations.
Chi Yeung has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. His research interests include: identity development of minorities, the impact of minority stress, and health psychology. He plans to apply to clinical and counseling psychology PhD programs in the coming year.
Eliza Dudelzak completed coursework as part of the Columbia Post-Bacc Psychology certificate program and will apply to graduate programs in Mental Health Counseling in the NY metropolitan area. Eliza hopes to start a private psychotherapy practice within the framework of the biopsychosocial model of health, incorporating somatic psychology and movement practices, as well as her training as a certified polarity therapist. Ultimately, Eliza aspires to serve the community by meeting the psychosocial needs of metropolitan Manhattan, with the creation of a fully accessible, multi-disciplinary center for mental health wellness.