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Meet the Board

Regions 

The PsychSIGN Executive Board consists of regional chairs from each of our 7 regions as well as one national chair.

  • Region 1 includes Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Newfoundland
  • Region 5 includes Puerto Rico
  • Region 7 includes Western Canada, Alaska and Hawaii

Meet the PsychSIGN Board 

 

President

David Bresler
Tufts University School of Medicine

David Bresler is a third-year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. A native of Los Angeles, CA, David earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from UCLA before completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Outside of school, David is a teacher for Kaplan Test Prep and works as a consultant for Caring in Place, a technology startup designed to help family caregivers care for their aging loved ones through intelligent checklists, point-of-care education, and provider integration. In his free time, David fondly remembers a time in his life when he used to have free time. :-)

 

 

 

Director

James McKenzie

Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

James is a third year DO/MBA candidate at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, currently on rotations in the southeast. James received B.A. degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Psychology and in Spanish: Hispanic Studies. Before medical school, James worked as a Child & Youth case manager at a community mental health center in Nashville. His time spent advocating for Hispanic youth around the city was a rewarding and encouraging experience that has increased his desire to pursue a career in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Last year, James served as the chair of Region 5. His interest lies in psychotic disorders in youths and research into early identification/intervention, and his current research involves a prospective study of the relative efficacy of medical students as youth mentors. When not studying, he plays basketball, cooks, and enjoys dancing to any sort of live music.

 

 

 

 

Region 1: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, Ontario and Quebec

Stephanie Rolin
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Stephanie Rolin is a 4th-year student at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. She graduated with a degree in mathematics from McGill University and a Masters of Public Health from Dartmouth prior to beginning medical school. She is pursuing a career in psychiatry and conducts research in geriatric and addiction psychiatry. Originally from Brussels, she grew up in New York and New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys running, snowshoeing, tubing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Region 2: NY

Zachary Feldman
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Zak is currently a second-year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manhattan. Before medical school, he graduated cum laude from Pomona College in California with a self-designed major in Environmental Analysis. Among other places, his studies took him to Oxford University for a tutorial in the philosophy of psychoanalysis, affirming his interest in unconscious processes and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Before medical school, he also worked for over a year as a counselor for emotionally disturbed children and presented child attachment research internationally. Zak is currently doing research in a Columbia neuroradiology lab on diffusion tensor imaging of borderline personality disorder and working as a tutor. In his free time, Zak is an avid track runner trying to maintain his form from his days as a Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen.

 

 

Region 3: DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA

Allison Brandt
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Born and raised in Baltimore, Allison studied social anthropology at Harvard University before completing a Masters in International Development at the University of Oxford. Allison is now a medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, Allison completed a senior thesis on the experience of commercial sex workers in rural Malawi. While at Oxford, Allison conducted research on the concept of wellbeing of orphaned young people in rural Tanzania. During medical school, Allison has been working on neuroimaging research looking at cognition and schizophrenia. Allison is interested in issues of global mental health,and in her free time enjoys singing, traveling, baking, and photography.

 

 

Region 4: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI

Karina Vasquez
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Karina is a second year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn with university distinction and departmental honors. As a part of the honors program, she conducted a research project investigating the prevalence of ageism in young adults, and correlated it to their cultural identification. Before entering medical school, Karina volunteered at the Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, Michigan where she was involved in direct patient care and family support. She also has worked at Camelot Hall Convalescent Center as an activities assistant where she enjoyed being a part of the psychological and social aspect of a patient’s recovery and well-being. Karina is the president of her school’s psychiatry interest group, and a board member of MSU-CHM’s American Medical Association. She is interested in pursuing a career in geriatric psychiatry, with a focus on late in life addiction and depression associated with cognitive decline. When she is not studying, Karina enjoys painting, writing poetry, and attending concerts

 

 

Region 5: AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, PR and Uniformed Services

Clare Bajamundi
Lincoln Memorial-Debusk College of Medicine

Clare is currently a second year student at Lincoln Memorial-Debusk College of Medicine in Tennessee. Before medical school Clare was a Microbiology Major at UCLA. During undergraduate, she worked at community health centers in downtown Los Angeles. This inspired her decision to take time off before medical school to work as a social worker in Chicago. The nonprofit agency she worked for focused on assisting recently released prisoners with mental illness readjust to life outside of prison. This experience drives her continuing interest in psychiatry, particularly forensic psychiatry. Currently, Clare is the president of her school’s psychiatry interest group and interns at a community mental health center near her university. In her free time, Clare enjoys sketching and painting, running, being outdoors and watching movies.

 

 

Region 6: CA

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Michael Lee & Robert Rymowicz
Western University of Health Sciences

Michael is a fourth-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Prior to medical school, he studied Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis. During his undergraduate studies, he helped manage a student-run medical clinic for the homeless of Sacramento called, "The Willow Clinic." There he became aware of the prevalance of mental health issues amongst the homeless often contributing to their status. Michael has a keen interest in the mind, body, and spirit connection and aims to utilize this philosphy in his future practice.  Michael was born in San Francisco, and grew up in the international community living in countries such as Malaysia and South Korea. In his spare time you can find Michael performing burpees and olympic lifting at his local gym. Michael is also serving as the Information Technologist Chair for PsychSIGN.

 

Robert is a second-year student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. A citizen of Poland, Robert spent much of his childhood in Europe and Asia before moving to Canada to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After two years of national service and three years of allegedly gainful self-employment, he moved to a remote corner of Eastern Los Angeles County to begin his medical education. In his free time, Robert enjoys reading about politics and marketing, and eating baked goods. He is passionate about art and design, and hopes to spend his vacations traveling around the American Southwest by car.

 

 

Region 7: AK, AZ, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY and Western Canada

Andreea GheorgheUniversity of British Columbia

Andreea is a 2nd year medical student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from Romania, Andreea pursued a B.Sc. at the same university but was fortunate to have been accepted to the medical program prior to having finished her degree. Working with homeless individuals from the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver sparked her interest in exploring the mind-body connection and the unique niche of prison health. In her spare time, Andreea enjoys working out at the gym, reading, yoga, and hiking nearby trails. 

 

 

Facilitator

Frank Fetterolf,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
 
Frank is a first-year resident physician training at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Since high school, he's held a strong passionfor the science of mind. He holds an M.D. from The Commonwealth Medical College and a B.S. in biological sciences/cognitive studies from Cornell University. When not learning and caring for patient's with a debilitated brain, Frank likes to play basketball, DJ, and attend comedy shows. He's currently interested in affective neuroscience, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and forensics.

 

 
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