Catharine Hemp - Research Trainee (2017)
Catharine joined the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program for the summer of 2017 as a Research Trainee. A rising senior at Wellesley College, Catharine is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Economics and a concentration in Spanish. At Wellesley, she conducted a research project on the effects of bilingualism on task-switching ability and works as a research assistant in a Psychology lab focusing on memory loss in amnesia patients. She plans to continue this work with a thesis on memory loss and moral decision making.
Katie Sullivan - Clinical Research Coordinator (2015-2017)
Katie was a Clinical Research Coordinator for WHARP from 2015-2017 where she coordinated subject visits and data collection for multiple studies, assisted with several grant submissions, and presented posters at annual research events for the Brigham & Women's and Harvard Psychiatry communities. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 with a BA in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, and is starting an MD/MPH program at Brown University in August 2017.
Akanksha Srivastava - Research Trainee (2016)
Akanksha joined WHARP from June to December 2016 as a Research Trainee. As a junior at Boston University, where she was double majoring in Psychology and Biology with a specialization in cell biology, molecular biology and genetics, Akanksha assisted with a research project looking at stress responses in women with and without hot flashes. Akanksha’s research interests are in women’s reproductive health and neuroendocrinology, and she intends to pursue an MD after graduating from BU.
Julie Camuso - Clinical Research Coordinator (2014-2016)
Julie was a Clinical Research Coordinator for WHARP from 2014-2016 where she helped to complete recruitment for an NIH R01 grant investigating the effects of hormones on mood in menopause and to launch recruitment for two new studies: one looking at stress response in women with and without hot flashes and another looking at psychologic and physiological hyperarousal in menopausal women with and without sleep disturbance. In 2016, Julie enrolled in a Ph.D. program for clinical psychology at the University of Vermont where she studies mood disorders in adults with a special interest in women's mental health.
Thania Galvan - Clinical Research Coordinator (2013-2015)
Thania was a Clinical Research Coordinator for WHARP from 2013-2015 where she helped to complete recruitment for an NIH R01 grant investigating the effects of hormones on mood in menopause and to launch recruitment for a new study exploring the influence of hot flashes and psychological factors on treatment adherence in breast cancer survivors. In 2015, Thania enrolled in a Ph.D program for child clinical psychology at the University of Denver, where she focuses her research on exploring the cultural and contextual factors that influence mental health needs and service utilization among Latino children. Clinically, she takes a trauma-informed approach to helping youth with internalizing and externalizing disorders.
Semmie Kim - Clinical Research Coordinator (2013-2014)
Semmie Kim was a Clinical Research Coordinator for WHARP from 2013 to 2014, where she worked on NIH-funded investigations studying the effects of new-onset hot flashes in women on their sleep and mood and examining associations between changes in hormones, mood and sleep. After leaving WHARP, Semmie completed her master's degree in epidemiology and health policy from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation for the Division of Correctional Health Services at New York City Health + Hospitals.
Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) is a clinical and translational research group that aims to advance our understanding and treatment of symptoms resulting from estrogen withdrawal in the brain. This includes affective disturbance, sleep disruption, hot flashes, and cognitive performance. We study the biological basis of these symptoms as well as their interactions and strategies for optimizing treatment in healthy women during the menopause transition, women undergoing anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and using experimental paradigms.