Our Team

Akash Wasil

Akash Wasil

Co-President

Hello, reader! My name is Akash and I am a senior studying psychology and global health. I conduct research with the Weisz Lab for Youth Mental Health, and I am a peer counselor for ECHO (Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach). I am especially interested in global mental health research and technology-delivered mental health interventions. In my free time, I enjoy listening to Broadway musicals, watching professional StarCraft II matches, and gratitude journaling. I recently composed my first music composition, a short piece for “leaf” and “cup, preferably Starbucks”, two unconventional musical instruments.


Katherine Venturo-conerly

Katherine Venturo-conerly

Co-President

Hi, I’m Katherine, and I’m a junior in Currier studying Psychology, Global Health and Health Policy, and Spanish. At school, I love working in the Weisz Lab for Youth Mental Health, serving as a Student Mental Health Liaison, working as a Peer Counselor, and, of course, learning and discussing with Students in Mental Health Research! My long-term goals include researching and disseminating mental health interventions and working as a patient advocate and educator. I'm especially interested in researching interventions for low-income countries.


Katherin Miclau

Katherine Miclau

Vice President

My name is Katherine and I’m a junior in Lowell house originally from San Francisco, CA. At Harvard, I’m working towards a concentration in Neurobiology (Mind, Brain and Behavior Track), a secondary in Theater, Dance & Media, and a citation in French. In addition to being on the board of SIMHR, I’m a diver on the varsity team, a Pre-med Peer Liaison PAF in Holworthy West, and an expert explorer of Harvard’s most sequestered study spots. I am also working in a lab that researches the connectivity and functionality of the Default Mode Network. In SIMHR, I’m most interested in bridging the gaps between the biological, social and psychological research on these global health issues.


Kai Trepka

Kai Trepka

Research Coordinator

Hi, I'm Kai, a member of the Class of 2020 studying Chemistry and Physics. I'm interested in the link between statistical research, meta-analysis, and treatments for mental health issues, as well as study design. Other interests include card games, dance, and music-making.


Anna Vaynrub

Anna Vaynrub

Social Chair

I'm Anna, and I'm a junior in Dunster studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Statistics. I'm originally from Long Island, NY and I'm interested in understanding the biological mechanisms underlying the manifestation of mental disorders as well as the foundations of current therapies. I'm also curious about the efficacious implementation of these biological insights on an international level as measures to improve mental health. Outside of class, I'm involved in biomedical research and enjoy ice skating.