Center Faculty

Jordan SmollerJordan W Smoller, MD, ScD

Director, Center for Precision Psychiatry

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Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, is a psychiatrist, epidemiologist and geneticist whose research focus has been understanding the genetic and environmental determinants of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and using big data to advance precision mental health including improved methods to reduce risk and enhance resilience.

Dr. Smoller earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at Harvard University and his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. After completing residency training in psychiatry at McLean Hospital, he received masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Smoller is the Massachusetts General Hospital Trustees Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Neuroscience, professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is associate chief for research in the Mass General Department of Psychiatry, director of the Center for Precision Psychiatry and director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Mass General Center for Genomic Medicine. Dr. Smoller is a Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar and also serves as director of the Omics Unit of the Mass General Division of Clinical Research and co-director of the Mass General Brigham Biobank. He is director of the Mass General Brigham Training Program in Precision and Genomic Medicine, an associate member of the Broad Institute, co-chair of the Cross-Disorder Workgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and president of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

He has played a leading role in national and international efforts to advance precision medicine. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) in the eMERGE (Electronic Medical Records and Genomics) network, founding PI of the PsycheMERGE Consortium and lead PI of the New England Precision Medicine Consortium as part of the NIH All of Us Research Program and co-Chair of the All of Us Science Committee. Dr. Smoller is an author of more than 400 scientific publications and is also the author of The Other Side of Normal (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2012).



Kate BentleyKate Bentley, PhD

Director, Suicide Prevention Research Program

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Kate Bentley, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the prediction and prevention of suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Bentley completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University and her predoctoral internship in the Mass General cognitive-behavioral therapy track. She currently holds a five-year National Institute of Mental Health career development award that focuses on using mobile devices to improve the short-term prediction of suicide risk following psychiatric hospitalization. She also has other ongoing projects focused on developing, evaluating and implementing scalable, transdiagnostic interventions for reducing suicide risk.



Kate BentleyTaylor Burke, PhD



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Taylor A. Burke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in the prediction and prevention of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Burke uses novel methodologies and computational approaches to improve the identification of individuals at risk to better intervene and prevent SITBs. Dr. Burke earned her BA in psychology at Duke University and her PhD in clinical psychology at Temple University. She subsequently completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship and an NIMH-funded T32 post-doctoral fellowship in child mental health at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Burke holds a five-year NIMH career development award that focuses on using passive mobile sensing, adolescent sleep and physical activity assessment, and advanced computational approaches to idiographic modeling to develop proximal risk models for increases in suicidal ideation. She also has other ongoing research supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the NIMH focused on leveraging computer vision to enhance suicide risk screening in pediatric health care settings.



Karmel ChoiKarmel Choi, PhD

Director, Precision Prevention Program

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Karmel Choi, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on stress-related conditions such as depression and PTSD, and uses methods from data science, epidemiology, and genetics to identify actionable strategies for prevention and resilience promotion across the life course. Dr. Choi completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her predoctoral clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine at Mass General. She also completed a postdoctoral T32 training fellowship in psychiatric genetics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Choi’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and stress-related health conditions.



Becky FortgangRebecca Fortgang, PhD


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Rebecca Fortgang, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her research primarily focuses on serious mental illness and suicide, with a focus on impulsivity and related processes. Dr. Fortgang completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Yale University and her predoctoral clinical internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale School of Medicine. She completed a Harvard College Fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, as well as a postdoctoral T32 training fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Harvard University Department of Psychology. She is currently involved in several ongoing projects related to predicting, preventing, and understanding suicide and psychosis.



Tian GeTian Ge, PhD

Director, Data Science

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Tian Ge, PhD is an applied mathematician and biostatistician who works at the intersection of neuroimaging science, genetics and statistics. His current research focuses on developing statistical and computational methods to integrate large-scale imaging, genomic, and biomedical data. Dr. Ge received his BS in Mathematics and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Fudan University, and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Warwick. He completed his postdoctoral training with Mert Sabuncu, PhD and Jordan Smoller, MD at Mass General and Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical school, a junior faculty member in the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU), Center for Genomic Medicine, and is also affiliated with Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.



Chris K

Chris Kennedy, PhD


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Chris Kennedy, PhD, is a biostatistician and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on developing machine/deep learning, causal inference, and item response theory methods for mental health. He is also co-investigator of an NIH-funded R01 investigating e-cigarette marketing on social media using computer vision and NLP. He completed his PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley; his postdoctoral fellowship was in the department of biomedical informatics at HMS, with a focus on computer vision and opioid prescribing in surgery.



Richard LiuRichard Liu, PhD


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Richard Liu, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of Suicide Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of Big Data Studies in the Depression Clinic and Research Program at MGH. His research program focuses on characterizing dynamic processes of risk underlying onset and recurrence of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors and depression in youth and young adults. He is currently the principal investigator of three NIMH-funded studies involving computational modeling of ecological momentary assessment data and ambulatory measures of psychosocial stress, family dynamics, sleep and physiological arousal, as well as neurocognitive markers of short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents. His completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. Richard earned his PhD at Temple University and his BA at Cornell University.



Robbie MealerRobbie Mealer, MD, PhD

Director, Precision Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Program

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Robbie Mealer, MD, PhD, completed clinical residency in the Mass General / McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. He is currently an instructor in Psychiatry at Mass General and Harvard Medical School, staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and the recipient of the Stanley Center Psychiatric Genetics and Neuroscience Fellowship and the MGH Translational Neuroscience Training for Clinicians Fellowship. He received his undergraduate degree from Montana State University while performing basic neuroscience research with Thomas E. Hughes, PhD. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, working in the lab of Solomon H. Snyder, MD. He is currently working with Dr. Jordan Smoller in the MGH PNGU on a project following up schizophrenia GWAS hits, looking for novel diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers.



Yi-Han

Yi-Han Sheu, MD, MPH, ScD


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Yi-han Sheu received his MD degree at National Taiwan University and completed residency and fellowship training in psychiatry at National Taiwan University Hospital. He then went on to complete degrees of MPH in Healthcare Management and Policy and ScD in Epidemiology, both at Harvard University. His doctoral thesis involves using electronic health records data to improve treatment decision in psychiatric disorders by combining machine learning, artificial intelligence and epidemiological approaches. He is currently interested in increasing medical care precision by further extending the application of the methodologies above, and to achieve so, improving its prerequisites in general artificial intelligence, such as model interpretation and robustness, incorporation of causal inferential methods, effective transfer learning and building multi-modal knowledge representations.

Fellows




Heather LeeHeather Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Heather Lee is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Jordan Smoller. She recently completed her PhD in psychiatric epidemiology from Brown University, focusing on prenatal immune activation as a potential predictor of offspring’s cognitive and psychiatric outcomes in the New England Family Study. During her postdoctoral training at PNGU, she has been excited to investigate the etiologic connections between immunological and psychiatric disorders using electronic health records and GWAS data.



Zhaowen LiuZhaowen Liu, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Zhaowen Liu is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Smoller and Tian Ge, PhD. She received her PhD in computer science from Xidian University with research topic on omics data analysis in cancers. In addition, she received her co-supervised PhD training at Fudan University worked on imaging genetics. Her research interests focus on developing and applying algorithms integrating omics data, EHRs and multimodal brain imaging data. Her focus at Mass General will be mainly on developing new data mining methods to explore the genetic and neural correlates of psychiatric disorders.

 


Travis MallardTravis Mallard, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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Travis Mallard, PhD is a clinical psychologist whose research is focused on understanding the etiology of psychiatric disorders, with a particular interest in forms of psychopathology that are characterized by disinhibition and/or psychosis. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Precision Psychiatry, the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, and the Center for Genomic Medicine, where he is working with Dr. Jordan Smoller to advance understanding of comorbidity and bridge levels of analysis in psychiatric genetics. Travis completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and he received additional training in statistical genetics and imaging genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the National Institute of Mental Health, respectively.

 


Bo WangBo Wang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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Bo Wang, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow, working with Dr. Jordan Smoller at the Center. He received his PhD in natural language processing from University of Warwick, followed by postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute. He is interested in learning patient representation and modelling patient health trajectory from multi-modal data including clinical notes from EHRs. His current research focuses on suicide risk prediction and developing methods to improve the selection of treatments for depression.


Data Science


Hyunjoon LeeHyunjoon Lee, MS

Data Analyst

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Hyunjoon Lee is a Senior Data Analyst in The Center and in Jordan Smoller’s lab. Hyunjoon’s focus for his work is on analyzing and modeling using electronic health records data. Prior to joining The Center and the Smoller Lab, he was a data scientist for a tech start-up. He holds a BS in Computer Science and MS in Data Science from Brown University. He is especially interested in suicide prediction and interventions and hopes to earn his PhD in psychiatric epidemiology in the future.


Research Assistants


Dia KabirDia Kabir, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

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Dia Kabir is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Smoller Lab. She earned both her BA in Biology with a concentration in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics, and her MS in Clinical Research from Boston University. She has previous engagement in clinical research through the School of Public Health at Boston University, and within Boston Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Her research interests lie in the realm of exploring how genetics influence mood and well-being and how to create health policies and interventions that can ultimately maximize positive mental health outcomes. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future, with the intentions of pursuing a career within mental health research.


Emily MadsenEmily Madsen, BS
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

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Emily Madsen graduated from SUNY Stony Brook University with a BS in biology specializing in developmental genetics. She previously worked closely with the clinical interpretation team of a clinical genetics laboratory focused on rare pediatric disorders. She is excited to learn more about complex trait genetics and psychiatric disorders.



Marina WilsonMarina Wilson, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator


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Marina Wilson is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center and the Smoller Lab. She has earned her BS in Psychology from Northeastern University. She has previously worked in an outpatient clinic for youth and adolescent supporting different programs and research projects. She is excited to learn more about the innovative tools used to examine various psychiatric disorders.


Administration

 

Jody Camerario RobertsJody Camerario Roberts, MBA

Grant Administrator

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Jody Camerario Roberts is a Grant Administrator in the Center for Precision Psychiatry. She holds a BA in healthcare administration with a minor in communications from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently pursuing her MBA. She is passionate about suicide prevention for depression and research for psychiatric disorders.



Megan Candito, MA

Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

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Megan Candito, MA is the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator for the Center of Precision Psychiatry. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MA in Digital Marketing and Data Analytics from Emerson College. Megan has a passion for marketing in the healthcare industry, especially in the areas of psychiatry, psychology, women's health, and racial and gender equity in treatment and research.



Kristin JoyceKristin Joyce

Administrative Assistant

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Kristin Joyce is the assistant to Dr. Smoller. She has been employed with Mass General for over 25 years and has held this position since July 2013. Kristin is mission-driven, embraces diversity and has the proven ability to adapt to any given situation. She thrives when utilizing her interpersonal skills, prioritizing knowledge and multitasking abilities makes her an integral part of the team.



Ashley SeigerAshley Seiger, MSc

Program Director

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Ashley Seiger-Jones, MSc, is the Program Director for the Center. Previously, she served as the Senior Clinical Research and Administrative Program Manager for the Center and PNGU. Ashley has over a decade of clinical research experience and holds a Masters degree in Management, focused specifically on research administration. Ashley thrives on team inclusion and is passionate about streamlining processes to enhance study and team efficiencies across all phases of the research process.


Student Interns

Anushka Kumar
Stacy Li
Linh Vu
Yingzhe Zhang