Interns

Ava Desjardins

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Ava Desjardins recently graduated from Northeastern with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is now pursuing graduate school to obtain a PhD in behavioral neuroscience, with the goal of concentrating her research in holistic, mind-body intervention to prevent and mitigate psychiatric and age-related disease. Her experiences in holy city Vrindavan, India, and as a yoga teacher, have instilled a deep passion for spirituality as an integral component of human well-being. Ava intends to merge this passion with her academic and professional goals. In her free time, Ava enjoys doing yoga, walking outside, drawing and painting, and being with family and friends.

Regan Hardeman

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Regan is an admitted Ph.D. student in Practical Theology at the Boston University School of Theology, where he received his M.T.S. in 2020. His research interests are in secularization theory and ecclesiology, focusing on the changing nature of lived religion in urban and suburban settings. During his graduate program Regan spent two years working in ministry in Boston. He married his wife Keely in the summer of 2020, and they currently live in Abilene, TX. 

Lucy Hewitt

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Lucy recently graduated from Northeastern University with a Masters of Science in Urban Informatics. She is interested in data analytics and social impact work.

Dimitri Luzincourt

Research Assistant, 2018-Present

Dimitri received his Masters in Psychology at Boston University. After growing up in New York, he attended Brown University as an undergraduate and received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After spending some time as a Research Assistant as an undergraduate student, he is eager to work at CMAC and gain exposure to multidisciplinary research. One of his major goals at Boston University is to gain more diverse research experience. He loves both playing and watching sports in his spare time, especially football, basketball, and soccer.

Timothy Maness

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Tim has a Ph.D. from Boston University’s Graduate Division of Religious Studies. His dissertation, which he is currently adapting into a book, discusses ways of reconciling relativistic physics with a flowing model of time, in which past, present and future are really distinct from one another. It also explores how a relativistic theory of flowing time can complement Abrahamic theology, and serve as the basis for a view of existence centered on personhood. In addition to his dissertation research, he has also written and spoken about religion and science studies as a dialogue between different approaches to knowledge—one that might offer helpful lessons at a time of public debate about the very meaning of “facts” and “truth.” Outside of the academy, Tim has taught high school physics, worked at science museums, and helped to edit the Papers of George Washington. He lives with his wife in Princeton, New Jersey.

Rev. Alison L. Moore

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Alison has been a lifelong student of the intersection of Psychology and Religion. She completed a Master of Theology in 2007 followed by a Master in Spiritual Care and Psychology in 2013 with an eye to becoming a therapist. A lifelong and recently ordained Swedenborgian, Alison is no stranger to thinking of spiritual experiences as an ordinary part of life. She is a mother of three grown children and a grandmother to two fierce grandaughters. She lives in New York City with her former college sweetheart, and now husband after 34 years apart.

Marcia G. Smith

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Marcia is a massage therapist and massage therapy instructor. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She had pursued a lifelong interest in writing and editing in both paid and volunteer positions. She also has database expertise from working in student records as well as in volunteer gigs. She and her wife are currently moving from Pittsburgh to Florida, where she plans to resume her massage career and find a choir to join. 

Ben Wildman

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Ben is a Spanish medical interpreter specializing in mental health. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology before spending a number of years abroad traveling and studying Spanish. He continues to be fascinated by foreign languages, particularly in the way that both humor and patterns of thought differ between them. In his free time, Ben enjoys driving with the windows down and the music up, well crafted jokes, and picking things up and putting them down again.

Joy Xu

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Joy graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health. She studied Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Healthcare Management at BU, and have a background in Clinical Medicine in China. Joy is interested in healthcare analytics and healthcare systems and enjoys bookstores in her spare time. She expects to join DRG/Clarivate as an Associate Epidemiologist soon.

Graduate Students

Luke Ekstrom

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Luke is a dual degree candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is pursuing both a Master of Divinity, as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation. His area of concentration is in Practical Theology, with special focus on Pastoral Psychology and the Psychology of Religion. Luke is a graduate of Whitworth University where he earned degrees in both Theology and Philosophy. In addition to his studies, he is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He married his wife Kristin last summer, and they are currently living in Billings, Montana. In their spare time together, they enjoy camping and taking their puppy for walks.

Liam Grant

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Liam is pursuing a Masters degree in Theological Study at Boston University, though currently living (and born and raised) in Australia. For the past five years, he has been studying theology and philosophy at Flinders University in Adelaide and has a keen interest in the intersection of spiritual experience, psychology, and the development of wisdom. Liam is also passionate about storytelling and poetry, loves spinning a good yarn, and can be found out in nature most weekends with his partner and dogs. 

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Nathan Patti

Research Assistant, 2019-Present

Nathan is a student at Boston University’s School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Divinity. Prior to starting his master’s degree Nathan spent six years in Church ministry during which he established two new youth programs. His work at the School of Theology focuses on the relation of theory and practice within Christian theology, and he hopes to continue his studies into a PHD.  At CMAC, he is working alongside the film makers of Stories of Intersex and Faith in order to help distribute the film and its curriculum into Christian churches and Universities.

Jordan Reed

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Jordan is an MDiv student at Boston University School of Theology. His primary theological interests are at the intersections of eschatology, politics, and culture, particularly from a Pentecostal perspective. A third-generation Pentecostal, Jordan works part-time in his local church, serves as editor for everydaytheology.online, and is a student member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Undergraduate Students

Sarah Berkowitz

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Sarah is an undergraduate student majoring in International Studies at American University with a minor in Arabic. She is passionate about global health, environmental sustainability, and social justice issues. In her free time she likes to read, travel, and volunteer with community organizations. 

Kamila Cueves-Ferreras

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Kamila is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Political Science at Boston University. She enjoys advocacy and campaign work during her free time, as well as learning languages. Kamila is passionate about social justice issues as well as political engagement and she hopes to incorporate all of her passions into a future career.

Emily Gass

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Emily is an undergraduate student at Boston University majoring in Psychology. She is interested in family therapy, eating disorder treatment, and women’s health. She hopes to combine these passions in a future career as a therapist. In her free time, Emily enjoys photography, yoga and spending time outdoors. 

Dave Godfrey

Web Development Assistant, 2021-Present

Dave is a undergraduate student at Boston University majoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about programming and always trying new things in life. By helping the CMAC with web development, he hopes to improve upon his skills and take a large step forward in his professional tech career. In the future, he wishes to pursue a career in software engineering.

Ione Heigham

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Ione is an undergraduate student at Brown University, double concentrating in Social Analysis and Research and Religious Studies. She is passionate about social justice and faith organizing specifically within the Jewish community. In the future, Ione hopes to continue conducting social research with the intention of bringing light to injustice and uplifting marginalized communities. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, playing soccer, and cooking.

Alejandra Jimenez-Villabona

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Alejandra is a sophomore at Boston University, pursuing a degree in Cellular Neuroscience from the College of Arts and Sciences. She is excited to be here in Boston, where she has cultivated great relationships with professors and friends, and taken on new challenges. Alejandra enjoys playing basketball, performing improv skits, water coloring, and playing guitar.

Carli Johnston

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Carli is a current undergraduate at Boston University majoring in Sociology. She plans to pursue a future career in social justice and public policy analysis in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about supporting her community at a grassroots level and understanding the data behind good policy. In her free time, Carli enjoys cooking and making art. 

Conor Kelley

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Conor is an undergraduate student pursuing a dual degree in Journalism and History at Boston University. He is fascinated by ancient and premodern history, global cultures, and foreign languages. He is an active visual journalist and budding web developer, seeking to apply his creative and technical skills to diverse endeavors. He enjoys playing music, traveling, and working toward a C2 fluency in French.

Ariel Mcmillan

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Ariel is a student at Boston University majoring in Linguistics & Japanese. She is interested in gaining research experience to further her success in a research-based career studying language around the world. Ariel enjoys reading, drawing and swimming in her free time.

Charlotte Moon

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Charlotte is an undergraduate dual degree student at Boston University studying Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences and Acting Performance in the College of Fine Arts. She is interested in experimental psychology, drama therapy, and classical theatre. Charlotte intends to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist. 

Lila Norris

Communications Assistant, 2021-Present

Lila is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Through her education and internship experiences she has gained a holistic understanding of culture and media. Lila is interested in social justice and work in the nonprofit sector. After her undergraduate studies she intends to pursue a J.D. in hopes to seek policy based solutions to social justice issues.

Flora Peng

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Flora is an undergraduate student majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development at Boston College. She is passionate about improving mental health, community outreach, and public service programs. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in educational policy and advocacy, focusing primarily on equity in U.S. public schools.

Emma Rahilly

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Emma is a sophomore in Biochemistry at Boston College. She intends to further her education in the sciences by attending medical school where she plans to study to be an OB/GYN. With deep interests in women’s and children’s health, obstetrics and gynecology, provides an opportunity to provide equitable care and assistance to all women. Additionally, Emma hopes to continue her passion for social service through education advocacy, particularly in the areas of underfunding and resource inequality for public schools.  

Anushka Rathi

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Anushka is an undergraduate student at Boston University pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is passionate about social justice and BIPOC issues currently happening. She enjoys volunteering in different community organizations and traveling. In the future, she hopes to teach college students and conduct research. 

Anya Thakur

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Anya is a senior at Boston University, studying Human Physiology and Economics. She is passionate about maternal and child health issues and equal access to healthcare. In her free time, she likes to paint, shop, and play with her puppy, Ellie.

Alejandro Viete

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Alejandro is an undergraduate student at Boston College double-majoring in Economics and Sociology with a minor in History. Originally from Venezuela, he is interested in domestic affairs in Latin America. In the future, he hopes to work in research and data analysis, specifically examining the economic impact of public policy. In his free time, Alejandro enjoys playing soccer, swimming, and learning new languages.  

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Molly Wilde

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Molly is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Boston College. By pursuing a career in the medical field, she hopes to combine her current interests in improving healthcare equity and the holistic treatment of illnesses. In the future, she plans to further her involvement in grassroots organizations and community initiatives to work towards developing sustainable, community-driven solutions to global health concerns such as disease prevention, food insecurities, and access to health services.

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Hannah Wolfe

Communications Assistant, 2020-Present

Hannah is an undergraduate student at Boston College majoring in Economics. She is passionate about multidisciplinary research related to economics and its intersection with subjects like public policy and mental health. In the future, Hannah would like to further participate in research related to social and economic inequality. She is currently working on an honors thesis studying the link between economic decline and suicide and depression in rural communities.

Beverly Yang

Research Assistant, 2021-Present

Beverly is a senior at Boston University, studying mass communication with a focus on public relations. She also studies pure and applied maths at BU. She is interested in topics such as healthcare, policies, data analysis, and communication. During her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, and watching movies.

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Abigail Yoo

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Abigail is an undergraduate student at Boston College majoring in Biology. She is passionate about mental health, healthcare equity, and public health policy. Pursuing a career in the medical field, she hopes to target the underlying and root causes of public health issues that put many at a disadvantage for equal healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in community service outreach, playing music with her family, and writing.

Volunteers

Joshua Beneventi

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Joshua is a graduate student at Boston College. He holds a BA from UC San Diego in sociocultural anthropology and an AA from Grossmont College in Arabic. He has participated in global health/humanitarian aid research in India, and ethnographic research throughout the America’s focusing upon music, liminality, and healing in the ritual context. He is currently focused on the intersection of non-dual spirituality, “pluriversality”, and ecological sustainability through modalities such as permaculture and alternative economic models. In his free time he enjoys meditations, asana yoga, a good surf swell, exploring the world, and cooking for others.

Sam Wildman

Compliance Analyst, 2020-Present

Sam Wildman is an attorney who focuses his practice on products liability and professional malpractice litigation.  He graduated from Cornell Law School with honors and served as an Acquisitions Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Before law school, Sam attended Boston University, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy of psychology.