Meet Our Executive Team
Our multi-disciplinary team combines experience with passion, creativity, and
dedication in order to take action on mental health at the University of Toronto.
I’m a third year PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry Department studying molecular mechanisms in liver cancer. In addition to research, I’m passionate about ending the silence, shame, and stigma that surrounds mental health. I’m also the Editor-In-Chief of Elemental Magazine, the University of Toronto’s official tri-campus mental health magazine, and I’m a public speaker at Jack.org, a charity focused on improving youth mental health across Canada. In my spare time, I like to read, exercise, or spend time with friends. I’m really looking forward to working with the Grad Minds team this year to help raise mental health awareness across the UofT graduate student community.
My name is Aleksandra and I am a second year Masters student in the Department of Pharmacology. This past year, I worked on the events team for Grad Minds and served as the Executive Editor for Elemental Magazine. I can’t wait to work alongside this year’s passionate Grad Minds team to amplify the voices of graduate students, create safe spaces for conversations on mental health and help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Outside of research and Grad Minds, I enjoy experimenting with vegan baking, drawing and dancing at concerts!
Co-event Team Lead
My name is Erin, and I am in my second year of my Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Ottawa and was an executive member of the uOttawa Dance Club. I am passionate about working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and I am excited to bring my event-planning experience to the GradMinds team this year! In my free time I enjoy reading, attending dance/Zumba classes, and taking walks.
Co-event Team Lead
By day, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and by night, I am a professional flutist and conductor. My research combines the best of two worlds and explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically those of artistic identity, temporality, synaesthesia, and performativity. On campus, I am also a Teaching Assistants' Training Program (TATP) Humanities Trainer and a Test and Exam Services Invigilator. Much of my volunteer work centers on equity, accessibility, and mental health. In my spare time, I frolic in museums/galleries except during the World Cup, when I can be found at home yelling at the TV.
Marketing and Social Media Manager
Hello there! My name is Alanna, and I’m a second year clinical engineering Master’s student with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. I’m excited to join GradMinds for the second year as the Marketing and Social Media manager. Outside of school and GradMinds, I like to spend my time running, exploring the city and making pizza. I look forward to promoting GradMinds across the UofT graduate community and beyond this year!
Hello everyone, my name is Thomas and I'm a 2nd year Master's student studying Pharmacology & Toxicology. I'm thrilled to be a member of the Grad Minds team, serving as the Treasurer & Grants Manager for my second straight year. I hope you are all as excited as we are for the exciting events we have planned for this upcoming school year! Discussions regarding mental health are important and I'm excited to aid in normalizing these conversations on our campus. Besides my involvement in Grad Minds, I spend my free time with friends, exercising, traveling, and eating delicious food!
Hi everyone! My name's Helen and I'll be your secretary for the 2019-2020 year. I'm a current second year Master's student in the Department of Medical Biophysics. My research focuses acute myeloid leukemia (AML) initiation and treatment. I'm thrilled to be part of the Grad Minds team and am so excited for all the amazing initiatives we have in store for this year. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/comments/concerns. We're here to serve *you* so your opinion is really important to us! Hope to see you all around :)
Hi! My name is Karthik and I am PhD student in Computer Engineering. I'm excited to be the Community Liasion officer for Grad Minds this year. I'm really looking forward to engaging with groups both within and outside the university to organize fun and engaging events for graduate students. I am also part of the Engineering Mental Wellness Committee where I have a similar role. Besides research and helping with campus groups, I enjoy reading, watching TV shows and gaming (probably more than I should!).
Mental Health Policy Advisor
I am a second year PhD candidate in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. My doctoral research focuses on the relationship among stressful events, identity development, and coping behaviors in university. I am so excited to be a member of the Grad Minds committee this year! I look forward to working with the entire Grad Minds team, and the University of Toronto community, to improve the accessibility of mental health services on campus. In my spare time I love to read fiction books, visit new restaurants, and spend time with my family.
Volunteer Event Coordinator
Hi, it’s Tania! I am a second year PhD student at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As part of the graduate Mental Health Committee in my department, I’ve come to understand the diverse situations that graduate students experience regarding mental health. By joining the Grad Minds team, I hope to help improve mental health awareness, culture and services for graduate students, as there’s still a lot to be done, especially for underrepresented groups. When I am not wrestling fruit flies in the lab, I enjoy spotting birds and dogs, hiking, and watching Pixar and Marvel movies.