The Our Voice Team

Abby King

Faculty Director

Dr. King, PhD, is a professor of Health Research and Policy and of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She leads an interdiscplinary research team aimed at creating cutting-edge behavioral and technological programs promoting the healthy lifestyles necessary for living long and productive lives. Her teams' borderless health promotion solutions seek to create health programs that break down barriers related to education, literacy, language, and computer knowledge and access.

Ann Banchoff

Director of Community Engagement

Ann Banchoff, MSW, MPH, has a background in public health, social work, and international human rights, as well as broad experience in developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships.  She has worked extensively with migrants and other underserved populations in the California Bay Area and in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has also lived and worked in Russia, France, Ethiopia, and Peru.  Ann co-founded the Office of Community Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005, and served as its Director of Educational Programs until late 2014.  

Lisa Goldman Rosas

Dr. Goldman Rosas is an epidemiologist whose research features engagement of patients, communities, and other key stakeholders to promote health equity in the US and globally. With funding from NIH, AHRQ, and PCORI, her research methods include randomized controlled trials as well as mixed methods to produce robust evidence that can be translated into effective, practical, and scalable strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in populations that bear the greatest burden. In addition to research, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has a special focus on increasing diversity in biomedical research.

Michele Patel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Michele (“Shelley”) L. Patel, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Duke University and her clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, specializing in behavioral medicine. Dr. Patel’s research focuses on utilizing digital health tools to optimize behavioral interventions for obesity. Dr. Patel also studies the impact of intervention engagement and psychosocial factors (e.g., health literacy, stress) on treatment success.

Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa

Research Fellow

Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, a native of Habana, Cuba, earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2018 and a Master of Public Health (Health Policy concentration) in 2017, both from the University of New Mexico. She held both doctoral and dissertation fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was also a recipient of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship. Her research concentrates on health equity issues (particularly among Latinos), cardiovascular disease prevention, racial residential segregation, well-being across cultures, and the science of Community-Based Participatory Research, citizen science, and other participatory research approaches. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Praveena Fernes

Praveena Fernes is a London-based artist, political ecologist, and public health researcher from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is committed to translating mixed-methods research into effective, practical, and scalable strategies that restore community health, tackle the twin crises of inequality and climate change, and build sustainable neighborhoods. 

Praveena is an incoming 2020 Marshall Scholar at The School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her belief in the power of storytelling feeds her daily practice.  She is a maker of higgledy-piggledy to-do lists, group house dinners, and the occasional scrapbook.

Team Photos

Vianna Vo

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Vianna Vo is an undergraduate at Stanford who is interested in pursuing a B.A. in Human Biology (concentration in psychosocial determinants of child development) and a minor in Poverty. Inequality & Policy.  Drawn by the citizen science approach of Our Voice, Vianna has joined the team as a research assistant in hopes of promoting health equity.  At Stanford, she serves the undergraduate and graduate as the Co-Director of Mental Health & Well-being and hopes to pursue a PsyD with the aim of serving LGBTQ+ youth in API communities.

Dr. King leads a team meeting at the Stanford Prevention Research Center

Dr. King (left) and Dr. Winter (right)

Dr. King and the OV team test out the Discovery Tool

Intern Team

Every year, the Our Voice Initiative's work is made possible by our incredible undergraduate intern team. This summer, supported by the Human Biology Research Exploration Program (HB-REX), our interns were:

  • Nour Aissaoui, Class of 2022
  • Bethel Bayrau, Class of 2022
  • Mackenzie Chapman, Class of 2022

Nour Mary Aissaoui

HB-REX Intern

Nour Mary Aissaoui is a rising junior from San Francisco and Algeria majoring in Human Biology. As a pre-medical student, she is interested in how technology can address chronic diseases and help improve quality of life and access to health on a global scale.  

Bethel Bayrau

HB-REX Intern

Bethel Bayrau is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a junior majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Maternal and Child Health, and minoring in African Studies. She's interested in looking through infectious diseases and maternal health through a public/community health lens and in health disparities in LMI countries and minority groups living in the U.S.


Mackenzie Chapman

HB-REX Intern

Mackenzie Chapman is majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Women's Health and Performance. She is an athlete at Stanford and is particularly interested in studying the intersection of women's health and peak performance. 

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO