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Meet the Team!

Lab Director

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Uma Chandrika Millner

Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology and Applied Therapies at Lesley University and the Principal Investigator of the Mental Health Identity and Adaptability (MHIA) Research Lab ...



Tracy S. Woods

Tracy is a Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist, a COAPS (Certified older adult peer specialist), and a recovery coach. She has contributed as both a student and an instructor at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s Recovery Education Program since 2007...

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Larry Ludlow

Dr. Larry Ludlow is Professor and Chair of the Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment at Boston College. He did his doctoral work at the University of Chicago under the direction of Professor BD Wright...


Chacku Mathai

Chacku is an Indian-American, who became involved in consumer/survivor/ex-patient advocacy and peer support when he was 15 years old. Chacku’s personal experiences with racism, xenophobia, racialized trauma...

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Rita Cronise

Rita Cronise, MS, ALWF holds a faculty position at Rutgers University and the Academy of Peer Services for New York State peer specialist certification. She has lived experience of a major mental health diagnosis and over 20 years of experience...

Research Associates


Sarah Satgunam

Sarah is an independently licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) and a Research Associate in the MHIA lab. She has served as a field education supervisor, trainer, curriculum developer, and clinician with a focus on career guidance and supported education for individuals experiencing mental health-related work or school interruptions ... 


James Green

James Green (Or Jimmy) works part-time as a Research Consultant on the MHIA Lab. He is a recent graduate of Lesley University James also works full time at the CEDAR Clinic located in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ...

Research Interns


Adindean Franklin

Adindean works as an intern at the MHIA lab, beginning in the fall of 2021. She is currently a junior at Lesley University studying Psychology and Health Science with a minor in Biology.


Kayleigh Chicas

Kayleigh works as an intern at the MHIA lab, beginning in the spring of 2022. She is currently a senior at Lesley University planning to graduate Spring 2022 with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Business Management. 



Jonah O'Neill

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Allison de Cristo


Jasmine Wu


Lex Kelleher


Jesse Ellis

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