2017-2018 Leadership


Emilie Transue, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Emilie is a fourth-year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Cell Biology & Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey. While at Rutgers. Now at UPSOM, she is involved in groups discussing social medicine, rural health, psychiatry, and women in medicine. She has continued her interest in the autistic population through research in child psychiatry and, in general, views psychiatry as a fantastic pathway to work with children and adults on the autism spectrum. When not studying or answering emails, Emilie enjoys visiting museums, concerts, going outdoors, and reading.


National Director

Grace Masters, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Grace is a third year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she is enrolled in the MD/PhD program. She received her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Prior to coming to medical school, she did research at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Boston, for over 5 years, where she developed a passion for neuroscience and helping those with severe mental illness. She plans to pursue a PhD in further understanding the implementation of behavioral health intervention. Grace previously served as the co-leader of the UMMS psychiatric interest group as well as a leader in the Medical Students for Choice group and enjoys being involved in other areas of activity and fun at UMMS. When not at school, she enjoys cooking, being outside, and spending time with her husband and 2 cats.


Region 1: MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, CT, Canadian Provinces: ON, QC, NS, NL, PE, NB

Frances Javier, Yale School of Medicine

Frances Javier is a fourth year medical student at Yale School of Medicine, serving as the President of the Yale Medical Student Psychiatric Association. For her medical doctorate thesis, she is investigating the longitudinal progression of subthreshold PTSD in a nationally representative sample of US veterans. Her interest in the human mind and behavior began in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Departmental Highest Honors from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiolology. Prior to medical school, Frances was a non-profit karate instructor in South Central Los Angeles and a science facilitator for high school students at the University of Southern California MedCOR Program. While in medical school, she led the Anatomy Teaching Program for high school students and the Cystic Fibrosis Buddies Program, volunteers in the Youth Science Enrichment Program for fourth grade students, and facilitates the skills building workshop on physician depression and suicide for medical students on clerkships. She has always enjoyed working with children and is pursuing a career in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Frances is a self-proclaimed walking enthusiast who enjoys cooking, dancing, and making arts and crafts.

Region 2: NY

Jane Park, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jane is a fourth year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She was born and raised in Maryland where she attended the University of Maryland and earned her bachelors degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, but moved to the big apple to pursue her Masters in Public Health. One of the reasons Jane decided to earn her MPH at Mount Sinai was because it is located in the underserved community of Spanish Harlem. Jane has a special interest in working with underserved communities and after earning her MPH, she went on to matriculate into medical school at Touro College, a program that is also located in an underserved community in NYC—Harlem. Jane’s desire to facilitate access to care for those who are in need is a passion that is evident through the many positions she has taken on while in medical school such as Community Service Chair for the American Medical Association, co-founder of the first student-run community health clinic at Touro, as well as being a co-founder and external liaison for the Physicians for Human Rights chapter at Touro. Outside of her academic and career pursuits, Jane enjoys living an active lifestyle that includes cooking, training for a half marathon, being a yogi and just spending time outside any chance she gets!

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

Brittany Tarrant, Howard University College of Medicine

Brittany Tarrant is a fourth year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. She attended undergrad at University of Maryland College Park (go Terps!) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She continued on to complete her post-baccalaureate Master of Science degree in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University. Brittany has worked in the mental health field in various capacities prior to matriculating to medical school and is very interested in continuing her journey as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist focusing on trauma-related disorders in underserved populations. She currently serves as the president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group at Howard University College of Medicine and is very involved with other organizations such as the Student National Medical Association. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts and festivals, making DIY candles and jewelry, and spending time with friends and family.

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

Ingrid Kiehl, Stritch School of Medicine

Ingrid was born and raised in California’s Central Valley.  She fell in love with the brain and the mind as an undergraduate student at Cornell University, graduating with a double major in psychology and biology with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior.  After an enriching year working in campus ministry at her alma mater, she earned a Master of Arts in General Psychology from NYU.  She is currently a third-year medical student at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and feels fortunate to be training at an institution where patient-centered care is emphasized and student wellness is valued.  Ingrid’s activities at Loyola have included leading Loyola MIND, volunteering with the L’Arche community (a network of households for adults with intellectual disabilities), and teaching young dancers at Maywood Fine Arts.  She is passionate about promoting awareness and acceptance of those with mental illness and is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, and global health.  Her academic interests are balanced by a passion for ballroom dancing, a love of painting, and a curiosity about other cultures.

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

Natasha Gambhir, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi, I am Natasha Gambhir and I am going to be the 2017-2018 PsychSIGN Region 5 chair. I am currently a 3rd year at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am hoping to pursue a career in child psychiatry and will be applying this summer to residency. My career goals for psychiatry are focused on spreading awareness about mental health to different socioeconomic and cultural groups. I am originally from India and love to spread my culture everywhere I go. My hobbies include dancing and fashion. I am very excited for my new role as a representative for this organization and ready to help make PsychSIGN bigger and better!  

Region 6: CA

Kelsey Wong, Western University of Health Sciences

Kelsey is a third year medical student at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. During her study of literature and creative writing, Kelsey came to understand the importance of personal narrative in the healing process. This awareness inspired her to pursue a career in medicine, and is a driving factor for her interests in psychiatry. Her passions in medical school have centered on advocating for patients and building a welcoming student environment. She has valued serving patients as a volunteer in student-run free clinics and through her research in insurance network adequacy and healthcare accessibility. She has enjoyed contributing to the WesternU community as a teaching assistant for Medical Gross Anatomy and Essentials of Clinical Medicine courses, Co-Chief Editor of the Western University Humanism Magazine, and Co-President of the WesternU Chamber Singers. Outside of medicine, Kelsey considers herself to be a writer, musician, and ballet hobbyist.

Region 7: AK, AZ, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY, Canadian Provinces: AB, BC, MB, SK

Dani Takai-Castioni, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Dani is a second-year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She received her B.Sc. in Chemical Biology from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. In her time at medical school, Dani has been active in both local and national-level student organizations and activities. She is serving in her second year as Region 7 Chair for PsychSIGN, and she recently finished her second term as president for her school’s psychiatry interest group. Though she is passionate about psychiatry, Dani has also been Editor-In-Chief for her medical school yearbook, a TA for the neurosciences block, a peer tutor, and a number of other things that make her sound like an egomaniac – an allegation she adamantly denies. Her past research looked at potential policy change to decrease youth suicide rates in the state of New Mexico, and she is currently focusing her efforts on the destigmatization of mental illness and substance use disorders in medical students. She has been invited to speak to students in multiple health sciences programs about succeeding as a health professions student despite living with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities. In the free time she doesn’t have, Dani enjoys doing graphic design projects, keeping up with the NY Giants, going on adaptive hiking adventures, and fostering her unhealthy obsession with all things Harry Potter.

Social Media Chair

Tyler Wheeler, Dalhousie University

Tyler is a third year medical student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Before medical school, he completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Prince Edward Island. Tyler discovered his interest in psychiatry during his first clinical rotation, when he was immediately engrossed by the complicated cases and the fascinating backgrounds of the patients he saw. He is especially interested in early psychosis and forensic psychiatry. While at Dalhousie, Tyler has been IT Officer for the medical students’ society, and was also one of the founding members of the Technology in Medicine Interest Group. He enjoys teaching, and has been involved with numerous high school tutoring programs in the past. Tyler likes over-analyzing TV and movies, hiking, and spending time with his wife and cat.