The Liberation Lab Team

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Monik C. Jiménez, SCD SM FAHA / Principal Investigator
Dr. Jiménez is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine. Her NIH-funded research focused on understanding the intersection of sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors in stroke inequities, with a focus on women of color. As a 2019 H. Richard Nesson Fellow, she has been funded to examine factors that impact the cardiovascular health of patients who have experienced incarceration, identify ways to support respectful patient-clinician communication about such experiences, and inform future policy to support health care equity. In addition, in partnership with community advocacy groups, she is the PI of the INdividuals Speak: Incarcerated During the COVID-19 Epidemic (INSIDE) study to examine the lived experience of conditions of confinement experienced by those incarcerated or detained during COVID-19.
Nicole Cassarino, ALB

Nicole graduated from Harvard Extension School in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. She then completed a post-baccalaureate program focused on pre-medical studies in 2018. Currently, she is completing a Master of Public Health program at Tufts University School of Medicine and plans to apply to medical school. She joined the research team to get experience in the field of epidemiology and learn more about health equity. In her free time, she enjoys playing violin and guitar and watching old movies.

Harika Dabbara, BS

Harika recently graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Biology and has joined the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research assistant. She is passionate about health equity, women’s health, and plans to attend medical school in the future. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, reading, and trying new foods.

Uma Grandhi

Uma is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is majoring in Human Biology and plans on applying to medical school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and practicing Indian classical dance

Shelby Grebbin, BS
Shelby graduated from Emerson College in 2019 with a B.S. in Journalism. Through her work as a journalist, she has developed a passion for advocating for health equity and community-based alternatives to incarceration. She joined the research team to learn about epidemiology and plans to apply to graduate studies in the field of public health. She is also a painter and a lover of stuffed cabbage recipes.
Carla Monteiro, MSW, LCSW
Carla earned an Associate’s degree in Human Services and a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate from Quincy College, her BSW from Bridgewater State University, and an MSW from the Boston College School of Social Work. She is the Founder and President of the Cape Verdean Social Workers Association and serves as a member of the National Association of Social Workers, MA-Chapter. Carla previously worked with incarcerated men and women at the Suffolk County House of Correction and Nashua Street Jail.  She currently works for a substance use clinic at the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was the honoree for the “Future of Social Work Award” by the National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts Chapter. She was also awarded the Alfred Gomes Community Service award by the Afro-American Alumni Association at Bridgewater State University and was recognized as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees. Carla has a well-established legacy of relentless advocacy for disenfranchised minorities and those in need.
Ankita Patil

Ankita is an uprising sophomore at The College of New Jersey majoring in Psychology & Public Health with plans to apply to medical school. She is passionate about mental health as well as the core principles of narrative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running, and is happiest when surrounded by family and friends.

Samantha White, AB

Samantha recently graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Neuroscience and a Secondary in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is passionate about prison advocacy, anti-violence work, mental health care, and social justice more broadly. She joined the research team because she believed it was the perfect opportunity to fight for health equity for incarcerated individuals. In her free time, she loves to travel, listen to music and podcasts, and spend time in nature, especially with her family and friends.

Mimi Yen Li, BS

Mimi is a 4th-year student at Harvard Medical School. She is passionate about mass incarceration reform, racial justice advocacy, narrative medicine, and mental health care. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, yoga, weightlifting, photography, and learning old recipes from her family.

Evangeline (Lin) Yuan, MS

Lin recently graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences studying biostatistics and epidemiology. Lin is passionate about clinical trial research, biopharmaceutical research and development, preventative medicine, data science, health systems and health insurance research, and environmental health. In her free time, she enjoys piano and swimming.