OUR  TEAM

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CINDY LIU, PHD

Principal Investigator

Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of investigation include the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that reduce mental health disparities. She received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She served as the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for six years prior to her current position as the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience (DRCR) Program within Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Click here to view the DRCR Lab website.

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CARMINA ERDEI, MD

Co-Investigator

Dr. Erdei completed her residency and dual fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, and holds triple board certification in Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. After completing her training, Dr. Erdei joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA in 2015. Dr. Erdei is currently the medical director of the Growth and Development Unit, a subunit of the BWH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she leads a highly skilled multidisciplinary team of physicians, nursing, dietitians, physical, occupational and feeding therapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, and care coordinators to provide the highest quality of care for all infants and their families in a way that is family-centered, multidisciplinary, and attentive to all aspects of each baby’s development. Her research interests are focused on optimizing the short- and long-term outcomes of high-risk newborns. In particular, Dr. Erdei is interested in better understanding which neonatal interventions may be most beneficial in improving infant growth and neurodevelopment while also fostering family wellbeing and resilience.  Dr. Erdei is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. 

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LEENA MITTAL, MD

Co-Investigator

Leena Mittal is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Division of Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she works closely with obstetric colleagues and teaches Harvard medical students, residents and fellows about perinatal and medical psychiatry. She is a graduate of the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and has completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. As a member of the Medical Psychiatry Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital, she works closely with medical students, residents, and psychosomatic medicine and addictions fellows, and she facilitates psychiatric liaison work with the obstetric service at the largest obstetric center in Massachusetts. Her clinical and academic interests include the development of embedded and collaborative care models to provide care for complex perinatal patients with mental health needs including a buprenorphine treatment program for opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women embedded within a prenatal care setting as well as a perinatal mental health program within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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SUNAH HYUN, EDM, PHD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sunah received her B.A. in Social and Cultural Communication from the University of Washington, Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. She is a community-based researcher whose chief aim is to develop culturally responsive interventions and conduct research to foster healthy development and school success for children and families. Her current research focuses on understanding low-income immigrant families, children’s cultural adjustments in the US context, and identifying specific areas of resilience to address the risks that arise for these vulnerable groups.

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EMILY ZHANG, MA

Research Coordinator

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Child Development and her Master's degree in Clinical Developmental Health and Psychology from Tufts University. She is interested in culturally-sensitive and community-based research with families and youth regarding mental health prevention, education, and interventions.

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FIFI WONG, BA

Research Assistant

Fifi received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. Her time living in and interacting with people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Asian communities within the United States sparked her interest in the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation. 

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