MHRT 2019-20 Grantees

Matta Maseray Sannoh

Upon obtaining her bachelor of science in life science from the Pennsylvania State University, Matta Sannoh developed a passion for mitigating chronic conditions in underserved populations, physical inactivity, and drug and alcohol misuse. It was those desires that led her to the Master of Science in Public Health Program at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Matta currently holds a graduate assistant position for the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education. There, she leads a team of peer educators in developing programs that use evidence-based research to mitigate risky drug and alcohol use among college students. She has also been involved with the Drug and Alcohol Norms of 'Canes at Electronic Music Events (DANCE) Project through UM’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

This past fall, she represented the Department of Public Health Sciences as a presenter at the American Public Health Association conference, exhibiting  her work on the relationship between personal alcohol use and sedentary behavior in the workplace. Matta looks forward to further investing her research efforts on innovative methods for disease prevention and health promotion.


Lilian Guadalupe Bravo

Lilian Guadalupe Bravo is a graduate of UNC’s BSN program. She aspires to optimize mental health care services for Latinx youth through culturally-tailored interventions and is funded by the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation and  T32 Pre‐Doctoral Trainee Award, NR007091‐22: Interventions for Preventing & Managing Chronic Illness. Her current research interests are to (1) understand suicidality among Latinx adolescents in the context of trauma exposure and (2) identify mental health service engagement strategies for Latinx adolescents with depression and suicidality. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Latinx Psychological Association, and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. In her spare time, she likes keeping up with new music releases and spending time with her chihuahua, Miguel.

Carolina Scaramutti

Carolina Scaramutti is PhD candidate in Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Counseling Education, Public Health and Public Administration at the University of Miami, and Florida International University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician with strong interests in family functioning, mental health, and high-risk youth. 

She is currently conducting the first study of Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria survivor families who relocated to Florida following the storm (NIMHD grant 1R01MD014694-01A1). As well as conducting the first longitudinal cohort study of Venezuelan immigrant families in South Florida (US-Israel Binational Science Foundation grant 2018091). These studies are helping understand family functioning, well-being, internalizing symptoms, externalizing problems, and health risk behaviors in the context of crisis migration of direct relevance, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and RAND corporation, and in collaboration with Drs. Seth Schwartz and Christopher Salas Wright. She has also collected data and conducted focus groups focused on adjustment and service needs among post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Ricans in Florida. Dr. Schwartz’s pilot study, funded by the University of Miami Institute for the Americas, which allowed her to gather data and publish a first-authored article on the same population she is proposing to study in the program. 

Currently, she has also been awarded a small student grant to assess the health services barriers, specifically those concerning HPV vaccination availability in adolescent Venezuelan immigrants using a validated measure for health services and a survey concerning HPV and sexual education and access to medical care.

Hayley McLean

Hayley is a Master of Science in Public Health student at University of Miami. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Spanish with minors in Biology and Chemistry in 2018 from the University of Miami. Although originally born in the United States, Hayley spent the majority of her life since the age of six living in Germany, and spent a few years in between living in Japan and Hawai’i. After completing her MSPH, she plans to matriculate into medical school to continue to pursue her passion in mental health as it relates to physical health outcomes. 

She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Jones Lab doing clinical research on health disparities and the social determinants of health in patients with chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. She is interested in working towards a career that can integrate medicine, health policy, and public health. In her free time, Hayley teaches Zumba and enjoys running, traveling, and reading.

Stacey Bevan

Stacey is a PhD student at Penn Nursing earning a dual degree in Statistics from the Wharton School. She earned a BS in Biology and International Relations from Tufts University. Her research focuses on the early identification of neurodevelopmental differences in childhood, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder, from a sociological and health disparities framework. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to study young children over time in local and international settings, including Central America and China. In Philadelphia, Stacey is a practicing nurse in pediatric psychiatry. She collaborates in research and clinical projects at Penn, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and community partners on nursing interventions that promote wellness for children and their families. She enjoys lecturing on child psychology, global health, and historical contexts of nursing practice. Stacey is a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Associate Fellow, Hillman Scholar of Nursing Innovation and member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 

Her research Interests include pediatric neurodevelopment, global health, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.