Meet the GGSC’s New Fellows! 2010-11

September 6, 2010

The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Undergraduate and Graduate students whose work relates to the Center’s mission. The Fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with a particular focus on the social-behavioral sciences.

We’re proud to present our 2010-11 class of fellows, which includes distinguished graduate and undergraduate students from the fields of psychology, public health, and medical anthropology. Please read on for more details about our newest fellows, and visit our fellowships page for more details about the program and past graduate and undergraduate fellows.

2010-11 Graduate Fellows

Janelle Caponigro

Janelle Caponigro is a third year clinical science graduate student studying emotional functioning and psychopathology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied social cognitive impairments in individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her current interests lie in understanding how disruptions in normal emotional and behavioral experiences can impact social and functional outcomes in individuals with mental illness. As a Hornaday Graduate Fellow, she plans to extend empirically supported methods for promoting and increasing positive emotions in a group intervention for individuals with schizophrenia, in hopes of decreasing negative symptoms and promoting social well-being.

Neha John-Henderson

Neha John-Henderson is a third year doctoral student in the behavioral neuroscience area. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology at UC Berkeley. Neha’s research focuses on the role of psychosocial factors in the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. Specifically, she is interested in how implicit class biases moderate the extent to which an individual’s socioeconomic status predicts health outcomes. Prior research shows that the experience of chronic psychological stress alters activity of the immune system in a manner that places individuals at higher risk for numerous diseases. Her research seeks to explore the relationships between socioeconomic status, implicit biases, immune system profiles, and ultimately health outcomes.

Na’amah Razon
Medical Anthropology

Na’amah Razon grew up in Israel and the United States, and has continued to move between the two countries for her entire life. She is currently an MD/PhD student in the UCSF-UC Berkeley’s Joint Program in Medical Anthropology. For her Hornaday Graduate Fellowship, she will examine the role of medical care in shaping the relationship between the Bedouin and Jewish communities in southern Israel. Na’amah loves gardening, hiking, discovering swimming holes, and traveling. She looks forward to practicing medicine and anthropology in the future, both nationally and internationally, and to finding ways for medicine to help heal individuals and build strong communities.

2010-11 Undergraduate Fellow

Hannah Moore
Public Health

Hannah Moore was born in Oakland and attended Berkeley High School; she is also a samba dancer and poet. Her Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship project focuses on the correlation between juvenile incarceration and literacy. What unique conditions are contributing and enabling such high incarceration rates among urban youth? What are the characteristics of communities in which youth are being locked up at a higher rate then graduating from high school? How do these communities take charge of the situation to become healthier?

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