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Hello everyone! I am originally from El Salvador and moved to Nashville when I was four years old. This is where I spent the rest of childhood until I headed off to college at UNC Chapel Hill. I majored in Sociology and minored in Chemistry and, of course, went to all the basketball games I could! Before heading to med school I did a year of research in the Pharmacology department and spent an amazing couple of months trekking through Central and South America. I then headed back home to med school at Vanderbilt and decided to do a pediatric residency at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital before ended up here at Penn! Right now I am doing my fellowship through the Pediatric Portal Program with the hopes of becoming triple boarded and practicing Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. Outside of medicine I love to spend my time with my three babies and wonderful husband. I also love to run, cook, and travel anywhere and everywhere!
I received my undergraduate degree from Cornell University where I studied child development and did research on the relationship between autobiographical memory and identity. After graduation, I was a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked on clinical drug trials on the efficacy of SAMe for treatment resistant depression and a novel treatment to prevent relapse to smoking. My time doing clinical research in psychiatry led me to decide that I wanted to go into medicine and I completed a post-bacc while in Boston. I then moved to New York City to attend medical school at NYU where I developed my interests in community mental health, quality improvement, service systems and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. My current research interest and most recent publication is on the relationship between violence by persons with severe mental illness and the wellbeing of their family members. I chose Penn because it has unique clinical and training resources in the areas of community mental health, quality improvement, service systems, and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. This year, I'm involved with the public psychiatry interest group, training in CBT for psychosis with the Aaron Beck Center, and I am doing an elective at a community mental health program for patients with early psychosis.
I was born and brought up in Los Angeles, a quaint southern California town known for its open floor plans and salt-of-the-earth people. My father, a director by trade, instilled in my sisters and me a great appreciation for film. With an affinity for stories, and in spite of my indisputable athletic prowess, I set out to become a writer. Like all aspiring writers, I chose to study neuroscience and public policy in college. I then accidentally invoked Chekhov, Maugham, and Carlos-Williams and embarked on medical school. While there, I had the chance to produce and take part in a monthly comedic variety show in NYC, an unexpectedly valuable complement to the clinical rotations. Along the way, my interest in psychiatry, for its narrative depth, its existential wonder, its sensitivity to suffering, was furthered and broadened. Taking on that breadth, I completed a research fellowship in behavioral addictions, narrowing the field by one. Among Penn’s many strengths, most resonant to me are its unequaled psychotherapy training, its encouragement and facilitation of clinician individuation, and its warm, smart, well-rounded resident body. My most list-able joys are being in nature, spending time with friends and family, playing piano and guitar, cooking, writing, reading, basketballing and tennising.
Hi, I'm Kate Riva, a PGY-4 at Penn Psychiatry. I was born in the Philly area, but grew up for the most part in the beautiful earthy crunchy town of Amherst, MA. I graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African Studies and worked for several years in the international relief and development sector. I attended UMass Medical School, and became interested in psychiatry through clinical experiences in a women's state prison and through running a wellness and yoga program at a recovery house for adolescent girls with substance use disorders. I am very interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, HIV, mindfulness and global mental health. I chose to come to Penn because of the opportunity to continue the research I did as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow with the Botswana UPenn Partnership, and because of the amazing faculty and residents here.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where I double majored in psychology and pre-medicine. I earned my medical degree at Penn State as well. I am excited to be at Penn for the excellent clinical training and exposure to the latest developments in the practice of psychiatry. My interests include psychotherapy and increasing access to care in underserved areas.
Hey there! My name is Preeti Soi and I'm one of the Post Pediatric Psychiatry Portal fellows. This is a program for pediatricians who would also like to pursue Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I went to medical school at St. George's University and did my pediatric residency at Cooper University Hospital. This year I am working with the adult psychiatry residents and what I love about Penn is how amazing, friendly and supportive my co-residents are. In addition, the attendings are wonderful teachers, very approachable and great to work with. I absolutely love living in Center City Philly and I definitely take advantage of the awesome restaurant scene!
I was born in China and came to the U.S. at age 6 to Long Island, NY. My interest in research began in high school, at Ward Melville, and continued during college at Harvard. I majored in biology there, with a special focus on mind, brain and behavior, and dabbled in both zebrafish and human sleep research. Medical school was at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn NY. I pursued a year-out research fellowship between my third and fourth years with the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, for which I first came to Penn. After a few weeks of working on mice and macular degeneration, I concluded absolutely that my deepest academic passion is in the field of psychiatry. I started working with Raquel Gur in translational schizophrenia research and continue to enjoy working with her during residency. I look forward to an academic career with the foundation of the advanced and nuanced training I am receiving at Penn. The best part? My co-residents!
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