Meet the HEART Team

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Jasmine King is a fourth-year integrated graduate studies student pursuing a BA in Chemistry and a MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities with concentrations in research ethics and medicine, society, and culture at Case Western Reserve University. Throughout her educational career, she has participated in several research projects in the Liang Lab of the Department of Chemistry and under Dr. Insoo Hyun in the Department of Bioethics. Her academic interests are broadly focused on analyzing substance use disorder from a clinical and public health perspective, examining and reducing the effects of childhood adversity through early intervention, exploring the ethical implications of brain organoid use, and optimizing CAR T-Cell Therapy for solid tumor therapeutics. (Outside of the lab, she is an active member in Club Lacrosse, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and Mortar Board. In addition, she has enjoyed working with ACS Hope Lodge, University Hospitals’ Rainbow Connects, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and Meals on Wheels over the past four years.) After graduation, she plans to pursue medical school. 


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Hyunjune Lee is a PhD candidate in social work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. As a student intern throughout his MSW program, he contributed to managing educational services for children from low-income families, developing countywide suicide prevention strategies for middle and high school students, research on anti-bullying strategies, education advocacy, and program evaluation. As a PhD student, his primary academic interests cover understanding the impact of childhood violence exposure on the youth's violent and aggressive behaviors such as bullying. Taking an intersectional perspective, he is also interested in examining the roles that race, socioeconomic status and stereotypical gender ideologies such as hegemonic masculinity have in the relationship between childhood violence exposure and youth violence perpetration.


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Sherise McKinney, MSSA is a Research Associate at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. McKinney provides research and management support on a variety of consulting and research projects aimed at promoting successful mixed-income communities through the creation and implementation of strategies designed to foster strong community ties across lines of difference. Current projects include an evaluation of the social, investment, and neighborhood change impact of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative implementation in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, an evaluation of stigma and bias in inclusionary housing for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a social impact strategy consultation project in Washington, D.C. Past projects have included the creation and implementation of community building initiatives in partnership with diverse sets of community stakeholders, including residents, Participatory Action Research initiatives, and the recent production of the edited volume, What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities. McKinney holds a BASW from California State University, Long Beach and a MSSA from the Jack, Joseph and
Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.


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Katie Russell is a PhD candidate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She earned her BA in Psychology at Wayne State University and her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University. As an intern in her master’s program, Katie worked with child and adolescent victims of trauma and maltreatment, as well as military service members who suffered a traumatic brain injury in combat. As a PhD student, Katie’s primary research and academic interests focus on the impact of childhood trauma, as well as prevention and intervention programming focused on those potential outcomes. Katie is also a licensed social worker and applies trauma-informed practices to her work with foster youth and families.


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Carmen Vernon graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Gender Studies as well as a Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement (PACE). As a PACE Leadership Council member and student activist, Carmen understood the importance of local action. On campus, she trained students in democratic deliberation and organized rallies against gender-based violence. Off campus, she volunteered with youth at domestic violence shelters and delivered programming at Girls Inc. of Monroe County.

Carmen started her career at Global Impact, a nonprofit philanthropic consulting firm in Washington, DC, where she worked with over 20 nonprofit organizations. Concurrently, she became the Chief Editor of The Niche Movement to produce professional development content series for the 700-member Niche Movement community. 

Now, she is eagerly applying her learnings from DC and the international NGO space to return to local systems. Back to her Midwestern roots, Carmen is now a Graduate Assistant on the Healing, Empowerment, & Antiviolence Research Team, pursuing her Master of Science in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University.


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Ashley Withrow earned her Bachelor in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Ashley has been practicing in social work for over a decade with a focus in trauma-informed victim advocacy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. She is an independently licensed social worker and a registered advocate with senior standing. Ashley's research interests include effectiveness of victim advocacy in minimizing secondary victimization, exploring the role of healthcare in responding to domestic violence as a social determinant of health and workplace violence.