Adam C. Powell, Ph.D., is President of Payer+Provider Syndicate. He holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Health Care Management and Economics.
Special Projects Coordinator
Anna Milrod is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Mary Christie Institute. In this role, she helps brainstorm and carry out new initiatives, contribute leads and help edit the Mary Christie Quarterly, plan and execute MCI events, and assist in administrative tasks. Anna also serves as Executive Assistant to Fred Chicos, Founder of the Mary Christie Institute, Founder of Christie & Associates, and Founder of Christie Campus Health.
Ashira is a freelance reporter based between Sofia, Bulgaria and Tallahassee, Florida. Her work, focused on local environments and the forces that shape them, has been published by the PBS NewsHour, Foreign Policy, and Washington City Paper.
Ashira worked as the Mary Christie Institute’s Communications Coordinator for its first two years and continues to design and art direct the Mary Christie Quarterly.
Christina Roth is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CDN. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14, Christina became an active patient advocate while in college where she started CDN as a campus group in 2009. Due to the overwhelming response to the initial group, Christina expanded CDN into its current form — a national non-profit organization serving young adults with type 1 diabetes.
Dana Humphrey is Associate Director of the Mary Christie Institute. Mrs.Humphrey is a public health professional with a strong background in research and programming. Prior to joining the Mary Christie Institute, Mrs. Humphrey was the Marketing Manager at Christie Student Health.
She has worked on various public health research projects at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, John Snow Inc, and Boston Medical Center. Mrs. Humphrey received a Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The Colorado College.
Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.
As a first-generation college student, she received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has authored more than 160 scientific peer-reviewed publications, numerous white papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several major grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. Her research is primarily focused on mental health and substance use among adolescents, young adults and in particular college students. She has also completed studies related to mental health service utilization, predictors of suicidal behavior, prenatal substance use, and evaluations of addiction treatment. She is the Principal Investigator of the College Life Study, a large prospective study of more than 1200 individuals who were originally assessed as first-year college students and followed up into adulthood. That study has made significant contributions the scientific literature regarding the mental health needs of young adults and the risk factors and consequences of substance use among college students. A main thrust her work is the connection between untreated mental health conditions, substance use and human capital, as measured by academic achievement, employment and health status. She is passionate about translating research findings for practical purposes to be used by parents, policy makers and educational professionals. She has a leadership role in the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a policy initiative that brings together 17 universities in the state of Maryland to utilize evidence-based practices to address excessive drinking and other substance use among college students.
Katherine Chi is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Mary Christie Institute. She graduated from Bowdoin College, studying English with a Creative Writing concentration, Sociology, and pre-medicine studies.
Ms. Malpiede is Executive Director of the Mary Christie Institute, Editor of the Mary Christie Quarterly and host of the Quadcast. As a journalist and strategist, Ms. Malpiede has over thirty years of leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
She has advised public agencies, campaigns, private companies and non-profit organizations on policy, communications, and government relations. From 2007 to 2013, Ms. Malpiede was the Vice President of Programming and Public Affairs for MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, a non-partisan research organization and policy journal. Before then, she spent twelve years as the Vice President of Public Affairs at The MENTOR Network, a national health and human services company based in Boston. She began her career at BOSTON Magazine and later worked in state government as a press aid and speechwriter. Ms. Malpiede has a Masters in Public Affairs from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston and a BS from Drew University.
Nichole Bernier writes for a range of magazines about subjects including education, politics, medicine, food, travel, and wellness. She was previously an editor with Conde Nast Traveler and Boston Magazine, and authored the novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. (Random House, 2012). She lives with her family west of Boston, where she keeps bees, chickens, and is a wildlife rehabilitator.
Sarah Ketchen Lipson is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also co-Principal Investigator of the national Healthy Minds Study, an annual survey of undergraduate and graduate student mental health and related factors.
Sarah completed a dual-PhD at University of Michigan in Health Services Organization and Policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education, where she was awarded best dissertation of the year. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, her master’s from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright scholar. Sarah teaches a range of graduate-level research courses at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Zoe Ragouzeos is President of the Mary Christie Foundation. She is Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University, where she oversees the mental health services as well as the sexual misconduct support services for the over 40,000 students. She was hired in summer 2004 to start the “Wellness Exchange”, a set of programs and services that respond to the varied wellness needs of students.
At its core, the Wellness Exchange offers the NYU community a clinically-staffed hotline that offers counseling support over the telephone as well as access to face-to-face emergency response services 24/7. The hotline receives tens of thousands of calls each year from students themselves but also from their friends, parents, faculty, staff and others who care about their wellbeing. The NYU Wellness Exchange also recruits and trains other Student Affairs and University partners including Athletics, Public Safety, LGBTQ Student Services and faculty from all around the University thereby building a “web of support” for students beyond the walls of the Student Health Center.
From 2004-2009, Dr. Ragouzeos created a significant Emergency Response Service at NYU including a 60 hour/week walk-in service and the Crisis Response Counselor program modeled after NYC Mobile Crisis. These services significantly augmented the support being provided by the traditional Counseling and Behavioral Health Services already in place. In 2009, Dr. Ragouzeos united the two units creating the current “NYU Counseling and Wellness Services”. This service offers approximately 40K visits each year including short term counseling, group treatment, psychiatry services, workshops and emergency interventions.
Given the vast global presence of NYU, Dr. Ragouzeos currently oversees a clinical team of full time NYU staff in 12 countries.
In 2014, Dr. Ragouzeos created the Center for Sexual Misconduct Support Services which seeks to coordinate wrap-around health, mental health, academic, housing, safety and other support services to survivors of sexual misconduct.
Dr. Ragouzeos is a clinical social worker licensed in the state of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from New York University.