Laramie Duncan

Dr. Duncan is the PI of the Integrative Mental Health Laboratory (Duncan Lab) and is an Assistant Professor at Stanford in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  With a joint PhD in neuroscience and clinical psychology, Dr. Duncan's long term goal is to discover mechanisms underlying mental health problems, especially schizophrenia and PTSD. Dr. Duncan undertook extensive postdoctoral training in statistical genetics and she leads genomic analyses for international consortia.  Projects include both primary discovery efforts and translational analyses to yield mechanistic targets for novel therapeutics.  

Hanyang Shen

Hanyang Shen received her MPH degree in Epidemiology from Drexel University. Her research interests are identifying risk factors and effective treatments for mental diseases using data from various sources, including longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, clinical trials, national cohorts, and genetic databases. Hanyang’s current focus in Dr. Duncan’s group is to understand genetic components of psychiatric diseases by using methods such as genome-wide association study (GWAS), pathway analysis, and polygenic risk scores (PRS).  

Bryna Cooper

Bryna Cooper, M.S., is a graduate student in clinical psychology at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. She is passionate about working with PTSD and complex trauma through both translational research and direct clinical work. Her research interests are primarily centered on understanding the risk and resiliency factors involved in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Bryna has completed numerous clinical placements in the San Francisco-Bay Area focused on the mental health treatment of trauma survivors. Currently, she is providing clinical services to Veterans as part of the PTSD Clinical Team at the San Francisco VA.  Her work in the lab is focused on sex and gender related differences in PTSD.   

Joeri Meijsen

Joeri Meijsen, PhD holds a Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and a PhD in statistical genetics and machine learning from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). During his PhD he focused on developing new statistical and bioinformatics tools for the detection of genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders. Research interests include population genetics, examining the contribution of genetic interaction with environmental risk factors, developing novel statistical methodologies, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Maurice Chiang

Maurice Chiang received his bachelors in bioengineering at Stanford in 2019, and is currently in a computer science graduate program. He is fascinated with data-driven approaches to mental health problems. In his free time, Maurice can be found in the ceramics studio working on sculptures and installations. 

Benson Kung

Benson Kung is a senior at Stanford studying math and computer science. Like others in the IMHL, he is passionate about solving mental health problems. When not working, Benson likes to make short films and cook. 

Alex Bhatt

Alexander “Alex” Bhatt is a junior at Stanford University double majoring in Human Biology and History. His research interests include epidemiology, congenital and developmental disorders, and emerging technologies as they relate to the evolving field of medicine. Some activities he does that give him life are being a counselor and Outdoor Leadership Coordinator at Camp Kesem Stanford, volunteering through organizations such as Kids with Dreams and Servant Breakfast, and spending time with his first-year residents as a resident advisor. For fun, Alex enjoys competing as part of Stanford’s club rugby team, going to concerts, and playing pick-up basketball.

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