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Meet the Newest Members of the Joslin Pediatric Team

Niza Tonarely, MA - Research Assistant

Niza recently received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Boston University. Before coming to work at Joslin, she volunteered at Boston University’s Family Development and Treatment Lab looking at treatments for depressed youth and their families. She likes engaging with children and their families to better understand how the family works together and communicates.  She hopes to continue working with children and families in her career. She enjoys reading books about history and political science, walking down Newbury Street, and going out for vegan brunch. Niza looks forward to being involved in research with Joslin’s Pediatrics team.

Carly Dougher, MPH - Senior Research Assistant

Carly moved to Boston after graduating with her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Before coming to Joslin, she worked as an associate at Boston Healthcare Associates, a healthcare consulting firm. She worked in the health economics and outcomes research department and specialized in economic modeling. Carly is excited to interact with kids and their parents. She enjoys hearing their stories and finding ways to improve their health and well-being. In her free time, she loves outdoor activities: running, whitewater rafting, skiing, hiking, and yoga.

Joseph Needleman, BA - Research Assistant

Joseph was born in NH but grew up down the road in Newton. He stayed in state to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated this past spring. He is now excited to join Dr. Laffel’s group as a research assistant, where he hopes to help the team improve the treatment of diabetes and overall health of youth with diabetes. In the future, he hopes to become a researcher to develop methods of care that improve lifestyle choices and help bridge the gap between research, legislation, and public policy. In his free time he reads, cooks, practices guitar, and bores his friends by discussing politics.

Charu Baskaran, MD - Research Fellow

Charu grew up in Chennai, which is in Southern India. She attended medical school in India at Kilpauk Medical College. She completed her residency at St. John Medical Center in Detroit and then entered a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Mass General Hospital. Dr. Baskaran enjoys interacting with children, especially to support those with special health needs, and she loves spending time with her two boys, aged 2 and 6.

Anna Christian, BA - Research Assistant

Anna recently graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Psychology and Community Health. She is looking forward to helping Joslin’s pediatric patients in her role as a Research Assistant. As someone who lives with Celiac disease, she feels she can relate to Joslin patients who have the disease as well. In her free time, Anna enjoys cooking and learning more about culinary arts on the Food Network.

Kara Harrington, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Hailing from Wallingford, Connecticut, Kara recently received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Before coming to Joslin, she completed an internship in clinical psychology at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA. Kara’s primary research area has been in understanding the connection between mental health and physical health, particularly in the area of health behaviors. She would also like to explore how mindfulness and meditation may improve the quality of life of children with diabetes and their caregivers. She is looking forward to meeting and working with Joslin families.

Miranda Rogers, MBS - Senior Research Assistant

Miranda was raised in a rural fishing community in Maine. During her childhood, she was the only female to work aboard a lobster boat in the Casco Bay region. Miranda earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science, both from Tufts University, and she hopes to attend medical school next year. Before coming to Joslin, she worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Genitourinary Oncology Department as the Renal Tissue Bank and Clinical Research Coordinator. In her free time, she volunteers at Massachusetts General Hospital and runs a half-marathon obstacle course called “Tough Mudder” several times a year.

Mariah Barstow, BS – Research Assistant

Mariah grew up in Philadelphia, then studied Biology at Bates College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree this past May. She is new to the field of diabetes, and looking forward to learning about both the physiological aspects of the disease and the management of it. Mariah has visited 24 countries outside of the U.S., and she recently finished in the top 2% of women at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Joanne Hathway, BA – Research Assistant

Joanne moved to Boston in early May after growing up near Washington, D.C. and attending Georgetown University. She used to be a Clinical Research Assistant at the Children’s National Medical Center, working on a weight gain prevention study focused on college freshmen of African American descent. She has 40 cousins, speaks French fluently, and is a distant relative of Shakespeare’s wife. Joanne has a particular interest in child health psychology and is enthusiastic about the potential of research to improve the lives of children living with diabetes.

Christina (Tina) Sullivan, BA – Research Assistant

Tina went to Needham High School, and then to college at Saint Anselm in Manchester, New Hampshire. During her last semester of college, she did an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her sister was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago, and her diagnosis inspired Tina to become passionate about helping others who are living with the disease. She feels truly committed to Joslin’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes. She hopes to someday attend graduate school for a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Page last updated: March 06, 2015