2020 Recipients

Danika Tynes

Danika Tynes

Georgia Tech Research Institute, USA

Dr. Danika Tynes serves as faculty at Georgia Tech Research Institute as a Senior Research Associate, and focuses her work on the advancement and strengthening of global and local health systems, currentlydelivering enterprise healthcare digital transformations. As a strategic advisor and healthcare and public health IT innovator for over 20 years, Danika fundamentally believes that health systems strengthening can be achieved, and outcomes can be improved. Over her career, Danika has worked in support of large initiatives for impact-oriented private organizations and in support of sustainable agendas, having also worked with multiple non-governmental organizations in program evaluation and monitoring for health and wellness programs, with the aim of strengthening health care options for our populations.

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Veronica Perry

Veronica Perry

University of Southern California, USA

Veronica received her bachelor’s in communication from California State University, Sacramento in 2016 and her master’s in communication management from University of Southern California, Annenberg in 2020. With the fundamental goal of improving mental health outcomes, Veronica is primarily interested in understanding how individuals cope with stress, manage their emotions and build resilience. More specifically, her research investigates the stress appraisal process, variances in emotional reactivity and how communication can assist to reinforce adaptive coping strategies, build self-efficacy and increase mental toughness. She is also interested in how social learning theory can be utilized in multiple contexts to increase an individual's ability to bounce back from hardship, improve their mental health, and fortify their well-being.

Khadijeh Asadisarvestani

Khadijeh Asadisarvestani

University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran

Khadijeh Asadisarvestani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. She is a Ph.D. graduate in demography from University Sains Malaysia. She is eager to understand how demographic changes are affected by a set of socio-economic, cultural, and political issues, how they change during time, and how they affect different dimensions of humus life and the structure of society particularly health issues. Accordingly, she has conducted different research projects on fertility, contraceptive usage, child marriage, unintended pregnancies, and maternal mortality. One of the main her research interest is causes of not registering vital events in a timely manner, the impact of not having identity documents on health, especially immigrants and women's health, access to health services and quality of life.

Caroline Nizard

Caroline Nizard

Institute of History and Anthropology of Religions and the THEMA Laboratory of the University of Lausanne, France

Doctor in Anthropology, Caroline Nizard works on psycho-body practices (yoga and meditation) and she is interested in the life trajectories of practitioners with a special interest in the body, in health, well-being, religion, spirituality and sports. She is also working on a project on meditation and cancer. Attached to the Institute of History and Anthropology of Religions and the THEMA Laboratory of the University of Lausanne, her book Du souffle au corps (From breath to body). Apprentissage du yoga en France, en Suisse et en Inde was published in December 2019 by L'Harmattan.

Ernest Okyere-Twum

Ernest Okyere-Twum

Ph.D. Student, Universite Paris Descartes, France

Ernest is a Ghanaian and a social psychology Ph.D. student at Universite Paris Descartes in France under the supervision of Prof. Farzaneh Pahlavan. His research focus is on the internet, video game, executive function, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is also a temporal lecturer at the psychology department of Universite Paris Descartes.

He is married to a certified therapist, Makafui, and they run a podcast ‘the Linked Platform’ dedicated to creating an avenue for international students to share their stories. He lives in Nantes, France with his family.

In Their Words

The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity. I am indeed going to use the knowledge to strengthen my ongoing and future works."

Padmore Amoah, 2016 Awardee

I learned many things from all the presentations I viewed and helped facilitate. It was eye-opening, and I hope to continue to attend and be involved in research and this conference in future years."

2016 Awardee