Healthy Regions + Policies Lab

About the Team

Marynia Kolak, MS, MFA, PhD

Marynia Kolak, MS, MFA, PhD

Lab Principal Investigator

Marynia is a health geographer using open science tools, spatial epidemiology & an exploratory data analytic approach to investigate issues of equity across space and time. They use applied geographic data science, quasi-experimental econometrics, and statistics to seek policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions. 

Dylan Halpern, MCP

Dylan Halpern, MCP

Senior Principal Software Engineer, Design Principal

Utilizing methods of geospatial data analytics, visualization, and web development, Dylan works in domains of public health, urban experience and activity, and transit. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT, and previous positions with MIT Senseable City Lab, Civic Data Design Lab, and City Form Lab, and a Fulbright research fellowship in Brazil.  

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Qinyun is a methodologist invested in humanizing research by advancing quantitative methods and the interpretation of inferences. She seeks to expand existing quantitative methods by incorporating human interactions, social and spatial contexts, and mediating factors within these analyses. 

Susan Paykin, MPP

Susan Paykin, MPP

Senior Research Manager

 

Susan manages a growing portfolio of applied research projects related to spatial analysis, GIScience, and regionally-driven public health and public policy. She also oversees community and research partnerships to help the Lab’s research initiatives and applications achieve meaningful public impact. 

Stuart Lynn, PhD

Stuart Lynn, PhD

Visiting Senior Principal Software Engineer

 

Stuart’s interests include widening participation in scientific discussion to non-traditional communities through the development of tools and active participation in collaborative processes. In previous roles he worked with non-profits with the Two Sigma Data Clinic, led the data science team at CARTO, and was the technical lead for citizen science platform The Zooniverse.

 

Kamaria C. Massey, MFA, EdDc

Kamaria C. Massey, MFA, EdDc

Visiting Scholar

 

Kamaria C. Massey is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Educational Leadership program at Morgan State University. She currently focuses her research on the effects of historical trauma in education.

 

Research Assistants

Desiree Becerra

Desiree Becerra

Opioid Risk Environments

MPP ’23

Shelley Hoover

Shelley Hoover

SDoH Research Associate

University of Illinois at Chicago

James Keane

James Keane

US Covid Atlas: Data Science

MS ’22

Marc Loeb

Marc Loeb

Opioid Environments

MSCAPP ’23

Liana Lan

Liana Lan

Opioid Environments

MPP ’23

Active Collaborators

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, PhD

Imelda Moise, PhD

Lawrence Brown, PhD

Basmattee Boodram, MPH, PhD

Kevin Credit, PhD

Molly Scannell Bryan, PhD

Madeleine Daepp, PhD

Past Team

Vidal Anguino, Jr.

Fullstack Software Engineer

Margot Bolanos Gomez

Data Mapping Fellow

BA ’23

Ziqian (Alexa) Jin

Data Mapping Fellow

BA ’23

Isaac Kamber

Research Assistant

Kenna Camper

Research Assistant

Laura Chen

Research Assistant

Andres Crucetta

Graduate Research Assistant

Stephanie Yang

Data Engineering Fellow

Ryan Wang

Data Science Fellow

Lorenz Menendez

Research Assistant

Gabe Morrison

Research Assistant

Yoon Hong Park

Research Assistant

Richard Lu

Research Assistant

Erin Abbott

Research Assistant

Bibind Vasu

Research Assistant

Yao Xen Tan

Research Assistant

Cyrus Caughey

Research Assistant

Tiye Stephens

Research Assistant

Irena Gao

Research Intern

Grant Morrison

Research Assistant

Angela Li

Research Specialist

Moksha Menghaney

Research Specialist

Fanmei Xia

Graduate Research Assistant

Sam Joyce

Research Assistant

Helena Abney-McPeek

Summer Intern

Emily Selch

Graduate Research Assistant

Olina Liang

Research Assistant

Jizhou Wang

Research Assistant

Yuming Liu

Research Assistant

Breanna Yang

Research Intern

Arpan Laha

Summer Intern

Erin Ochoa

Data Science Fellow

Andrew Morse

Applied Policy Data Scientist

Ally Muszynski

Research Assistant

Andrew Warfield

Research Assistant

Jinfei Zhu

Data Engineering Fellow

Sinduri Soundararajan

Research Assistant

Chandler Hall

Research Assistant

Javier Andres Rojas Aguilera

Research Assistant

Christian Villanueva

Research Assistant

Isaac Rand

Research Assistant

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