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Akanksha Jain

Akanksha Jain, BS

Akanksha Jain joined the lab in December 2021 as a Health Science Specialist at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Currently, Akanksha is taking a gap year before applying to medical school. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Heart Health Coach at the South Asian Heart Center, where she aids participants in making lifestyle changes to cope with their heart health conditions. Additionally, she is a Nurse Unit Assist volunteer at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA, where she helps nurses by answering patient call lights, being a patient companion, and bringing supplies to nurses and patients. Akanksha hopes to attend medical school in the future and be able to provide culturally-attuned healthcare to my patients. In her free time, she loves to write and publish articles about the impact of TV and entertainment on society. She is also an avid Bollywood fan and love to watch movies and TV with my framily. Feel free to contact Akanksha via email at .  

Dr, Marika Blair Humber

Marika Blair Humber, PhD

Dr. Marika Blair Humber is a Health Services Research Fellow with the Health Services Research Fellow Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research (EDCoE) within the VA Ci2i. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and an Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. She joined Dr. Ranak Trivedi's lab in 2020 and has been greatly involved in the EDCoE Pilot study evaluating caregivers of Veterans' utilization of and unmet needs for home- and community-based services, in a project studying caregivers' satisfaction with VA tele-dementia services, in various projects exploring impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregivers, and in mentoring junior members of research team. Blair is interested in the cultural variations in informal caregiving, culturally tailored caregiver support programs, and caregiving adaptations during COVID-19. Blair and her husband also welcomed their son Brennan in August 2021. Brennan is a joy and full of smiles and aloha (except when he's waking up from a nap)! Feel free to contact Blair via email at .

Dr. Naina Singh

Naina Singh, MD

Dr. Naina Singh is a Health Services Research Fellow with the VA Ci2i. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of California Los Angeles and an M.D. at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. As a hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) physician, she aims to improve HPM resources and utilization for all patients. She is interested in palliative care utilization in the Veteran population and understanding barriers/facilitators to improving Veteran quality of life. She has a keen interest in ensuring caregiver voices are represented in HPM research. Naina enjoys singing and playing the piano. She also loves reading for fun -- she might devour a whole novel in 2 days if she loves it enough! She is a self-proclaimed home chef, and is sure her family will attest to that (because they have to!).

Rishabh Shah

Rishabh Shah, BS

Rishabh Shah is a Master's student in the Community Health and Prevention Research program at Stanford University. He earned a B.S. in Biopsychology at the University of California Los Angeles. As a prospective physician who will be attending medical school in the Fall of 2022, Rishabh is currently exploring different specialties that he may pursue. Rishabh knows that informal caregiving will be a research interest of his no matter which direction he chooses.  really enjoy the outdoors! He loves to hiking, camping, and heading to the beach on a sunny day. Rishabh also loves to cook, and his quarantine hobby was to learn how to perfect baking pizzas. 

Trevor Lee

Trevor Lee, BS

Trevor Lee is a Research Health Science Technician at Ci2i. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University with a major in Biology. He is a part of multiple research ongoing research studies within the Framily and Mental Health Lab: currently recruiting informal caregivers of Veterans on an Elizabeth Dole CoE project, helping modify recruitment and data collection materials for the South Asian Family Approaches to Disease (SAFAD) study, and supporting a study on informal caregiving during COVID-19. Trevor would love to study and learn more about research relating to brain injuries, rehabilitation, health disparities (including those affecting AANHPI), and medical informatics over this upcoming year. He would like to become a physician and potentially practice primary care and/or conduct health services and/or clinical research. A fun fact about Trevor is that he used to swim competitively (between elementary through high school) and still closely follows swimming news across the world.

Dr. Veena Manja

Veena Manja, MD, MSc, PhD

Dr. Veena Manja is a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Services Research and Development program. She earned her medical degree from Mysore University and a MSc and PhD in Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. Her research interests include the implementation of evidence based interventions. Dr. Manja will be working with Dr. Ranak Trivedi to explore the impact of caregivers on decision making. For fun, she enjoys knitting.     

Dr. Victoria Ngo

Victoria Ngo, PhD

Victoria Ngo, PhD, is a first year VA Palo Alto HSR&D Postdoctoral Fellow in the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research. Dr. Ngo holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California Davis. Her dissertation explored the characteristics and usefulness of health data for cancer care decisions. She is a health informaticist, and her research focuses on health equity and the optimization of information technology to improve the delivery and coordination of care in the community. During this fellowship, Dr. Ngo will utilize participatory research methods to design and evaluate mobile and social technology-enabled interventions to improve delivery of veteran caregiving in the home.