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.

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.

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.

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Allana Radel

Research Assistant, 2018-Present

Allana graduated from Boston University with her Bachelors in Health Science and Public Health. In the future, she plans to pursue a combined J.D. and MPH with the intention of working in health law and policy. She is passionate about mental health, public health policy, elder and child abuse prevention, and women’s healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys planning and engaging in community service outreach, reading and writing, traveling, and being outside.

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

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. 

Chrystina Obleschuk

Research Assistant, 2020-Present

Chrystina is currently attending Boston University’s School of Public Health. She is working toward her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics as well as Maternal and Child Health. She is passionate about using research to create policies to improve health inequity. In her free time she enjoys watching Netflix, crocheting, baking cookies, reading, and spending time with her friends and family

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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.

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. 

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.

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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.


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.