Graduate and Doctoral Fellows Program

CISWH’s graduate and doctoral fellows program prepares future social work and public health leaders for meaningful careers that directly impact the health and well-being of populations throughout the United States and the world.

Our fellows contribute to CISWH by:

  • creating policy briefs
  • conducting qualitative and quantitative research
  • strategic planning
  • storytelling and graphic design
  • and much more!

Fellows also receive valuable opportunities to support and learn from each other while sharing their work with CISWH, BUSSW, BU, and the world at large.

Learn how you can support future social work leaders here. Are you a BU social work or public health student? Learn more about future fellowship opportunities here.

Abdul “Haseeb” Hamza (he/him)
Haseeb is an MSW student pursuing the clinical track at the Boston University School of Social Work. He is very passionate about bridging gaps in services for marginalized populations. He also cares about creating culturally appropriate and trauma-informed assessment and treatment tools for people with mental health needs. His undergraduate education was in Chemistry, Social Action/Social Change, and Psychology, which he is looking forward to integrating in the field of public health social work. Through his work at CISWH, Haseeb hopes to support advances in health equity and bring awareness about social determinants of health to both healthcare settings and the populations he is passionate about serving.


Zoe Richman (she/her)
Zoë Richman holds a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy with a minor in Politics, from Brandeis University. Zoë is an MSW student at Boston University. Before pursuing her MSW, she worked in electoral politics at the intersection of digital fundraising and organizing. She is excited to merge her organizing and people-management experience with her interests in compassionate, therapeutic care and health inequity. 


Maya CoyKendall (she/her)
Maya is a Master’s Degree student at the Boston University School of Social Work, studying on the macro track. She has a variety of interests in the field including trauma-informed practice and policy making, reproductive justice, environmental advocacy, and emphasis on prevention support. Maya has experience working as a case manager for an organization supporting people with disabilities and experience in advocacy and outreach at interpersonal violence crisis centers. At the Center, she works with the Research Core Director to explore the roles of social workers in substance abuse research and intervention.


Jennica Allen (she/her)
Jennica Allen is the Manager of Community Engagement Practices within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She has coordinated the Division’s statewide chronic disease efforts, overseen the Massachusetts Partnership for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention and currently provides leadership to the Bureau’s community health planning initiatives with health care systems and community organizations focusing on capacity building for community engagement and social determinant of health investing and strategy implementation.  Jennica has been a participant in the Bureau’s Racial Equity Movement since its early days and in this capacity, leads affinity work, participates in core training, and serves as a member of the Racial Equity Leadership Team. In 2021, the deBeaumont Foundation named Jennica one of the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Public Health. She received her Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jennica is a proud child of the city of Boston.


Kimberly Baling (she/they)
Kimberly Baling holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Houston. Kimberly is an MSW student at Boston University, on the clinical track with a macro minor. She has worked with a variety of populations including children and adolescents in an inpatient and community based setting, and most recently a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) grant focused on individuals living with serious mental illness, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, and those experiencing homelessness. Kimberly’s passions and interests are centered around accessibility, equitable, holistic care and using a trauma-informed, intersectional lens in approaching her work. Kimberly is excited to be working with CISWH, and to have the opportunity to provide support in working towards large scale systemic change.


Caroline Parker (she/her)
Caroline Parker is a Program Manager at CISWH. She works on two HRSA-funded projects, the Catalyst Center (the National Technical Assistance Center for Health Care Financing and Coverage for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)), and a project to support the replication of housing interventions for people with HIV. She is currently perusing her master’s degree in Public Health with concentrations in Mental Health & Substance Use and Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation & Evaluation. Previously, Caroline has worked in the fields of mental health policy, suicide prevention, and survivor advocacy. Caroline is passionate about ensuring equitable, patient-centered, and trauma-informed physical and behavioral healthcare for marginalized communities.


Maya Gutman (she/her)
Maya Gutman assists and supports Jessica Famularo, CISWH’s marketing and communications manager, in the implementation of the center’s marketing and communications strategy. Maya is pursuing her dual degree in Social Work and Public Health at BU. Maya graduated from UNC Asheville in 2022 where she played for the university’s women’s soccer team. Through her time in undergrad Maya developed a passion for mental health education and access. With this passion, Maya has co developed a mental health initiative for her undergraduates’ athletics program and has written and illustrated a children’s book about mental health. Through these projects, Maya has gained an appreciation and passion for the role and impact that marketing and communications has in the field of Social Work and Health. 


Kerri-Ann Anoff (she/her)
Kerri-Ann Anoff provides data analysis and strategic planning support to the CISWH. 


Julia DeAngelo (she/her)
Julia DeAngelo is pursuing an MSW at BUSSW, where she focuses on liberatory anti-oppressive practice, research, and policy. After receiving a BA in sociology, Julia worked as a teen mental health counselor and a public health researcher. At CISWH, Julia supports projects within the Global Health Core. She intends for her research, direct practice, and program design to center the voices of individuals and communities in the decisions that affect their lives. It’s her greatest privilege to walk alongside the people she works with.
Emily Lamunu (she/her)
Emily Lamunu, currently a second-year Ph.D. student at the Boston University School of Social Work, holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Baylor University. With a particular focus on international social work, Emily is passionate about making impactful contributions, especially within the global and public health sectors. Emily’s interest in health policy research intensified during her role as an administrator and communications specialist at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. In this capacity, she supported the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in South Western Uganda (USAID-RHITES-SW) Activity. Throughout her tenure, she actively contributed to project coordination, drafted various communication materials such as success stories, technical briefs etc and played a pivotal role in crafting reports. Emily extended these contributions to different funded projects, including those supported by Johnson & Johnson, ViiV Healthcare, and UNITAID. These experiences deeply shaped her understanding of the intricate challenges surrounding health disparities, reinforcing her commitment to advancing health equity through policy-driven interventions.