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Be the Future of Mental Health Awareness


The Creative Science Communications Group is a yearly educational program involving students with a passion and interest in mental health research. Students will engage with Stanford researchers through the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness, learning about the connection between the human brain and mental health. Students will learn about how research and our findings translate into practice. In addition to receiving mentorship from research staff, students will engage in a writing camp in which they develop skills in creative science writing.

For students interested in participating in the 2022 Creative Science Communications Group, please email pmhw_admin@stanford.edu

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Kali Boone is a 12th grader at Marin Academy High School in San Rafael, CA. Kali’s interest in the brain began during her freshman year in an elective class called “Mind, Body, Brain”. During her sophomore year Kali attended Stanford’s Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience. As a Junior, Kali’s curiosity about the brain grew when she completed Marin Academy’s yearlong Neuroscience program. Kali loves a wide variety of music, keeps a personal collection of pencil sketches and poetry, and challenges her naturally introverted ways onstage in Marin Academy’s theatre program.


Jonathan Hardan is a high school senior at Henry M. Gunn Senior High School in Palo Alto, CA, from which he will be graduating in June 2022. Jonathan is interested in engineering, specifically how engineers can create and implement solutions to improve people’s lives. He is passionate about how science and technology can be used to solve the world’s problems. Jonathan believes that a big part of tackling those problems is informing the public of their existence. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, as well as tinkering with his bike.

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Jasmine Hasan is currently a sophomore attending Mission Hills High School. Through a college psychology course, youtube lectures, and browsing through neuroscience courses, she has confidently adjusted her passion to the field of clinical psychology. Through podcasts, tutoring students, writing articles, conducting surveys, etc., she has gained a great deal of research worthy information and hopes to learn more each day. Jasmine has joined Stanford’s PMHW Creative Science Communications Group, in hopes to provide insight to mental health concepts and create connections by utilizing high order thinking.  Aside from school, she deeply enjoys the art of painting, watching television, and working with organizations in the realm of social justice.


Sean Nesamoney ('23) is a Menlo School student from the Bay Area, California. He is interested in the intersection between neuroscience, technology, and music. Sean's passion for singing and songwriting inspired him to learn more about how music can help heal communities and improve mental health. Sean is also fascinated by the technological implications in the field of neuroscience. In the summer of 2021, Sean joined PMHW's Creative Science Communications Group. Currently, Sean is  dedicated to educating communities about mental health through a science-driven approach. 


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Jack Poon is a junior ('23) at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. He has always had a passion for biology, and recently found a new one in psychology through his research project on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in LGBTQ+ populations. He is interested in learning more about ways he can serve his school and community in terms of mental health, particularly through the lens of student leadership and activism. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing when he finds the motivation to, and listening to the occasional K-pop his friends recommend.


Kate Richardson is currently a 12th grader at Menlo School in Atherton. She is particularly interested in Precision Psychiatry and the improvement of medication prescription through methods such as neurocircuitry, neurochemistry, neurocognition, symptom dimensions, and genetic testing. Kate's interest in psychiatry has bloomed in her two years as an intern under The Harris Neuroscience Internship at Stanford. She is fascinated by molecular neuroscience and is planning on majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology in college. In her free time, she enjoys singing opera, writing poetry, and painting.

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Maddie Schin ('24) is a student at Middlebury College, majoring in Neuroscience. She is passionate about finding ways to better understand the drivers of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, as well as identifying and advancing more effective treatments for these disorders. In her free time, Maddie enjoys playing on the Middlebury Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


Arhan Surapaneni is a junior('23) at Stanford University's Online High School. He has a love for neuroscience and all things biology, and has a deep interest in innovation and research as it applies to mental health and other health care challenges. Some recent work includes vaccine advocacy, and climate change projects as it applies to STEM and legislation. In his free time, he enjoys painting, fencing, and playing with his pet tortoise.