You are cordially invited to join us for a panel discussion moderated by MJ Murphy, executive director of student health and wellness programs at Barnard College.
Feel Well, Do Well @Barnard developed from the commitment the College has to the health and well-being of both individuals on our campus and the larger community.
With this event, we are bringing prominent healthcare experts across medical fields together so that members of the Barnard community can:
- Learn how to navigate the healthcare system effectively
- Become a strong advocate for their own health
- Address health concerns across specific life cycles
- Receive answers to their health and well-being questions
Dr. Brenda Aiken ’77 joined Columbia Health in 2000, serving as a physician before being promoted to director of medical services in 2012. She is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to Columbia, she was an assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as an assistant attending physician at the Allen Pavilion. She has worked closely with the faculty and staff of the residency program in social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Aiken has devoted her professional career to the comprehensive study of medical and health-related issues of under-represented communities
Dr. Anne Davis is a gynecologist specializing in contraception and abortion care. She is a clinical provider who conducts research, and teaches medical students, residents, and fellows; she has worked closely with Barnard Student Health for more than a decade. Her special area of interest is gynecologic care of women with medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. Her research interests include use of the IUD in women with epilepsy, pain control during IUD placement, the interaction of anti-epileptic drugs and oral contraceptives, and oral contraceptives for menstrual pain.
Dr. Hoosna Haque, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia University Medical Center, joined Integrated Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University School of Medicine in July 2020. She has over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive, holistic care to women across the span of their lives, in both private and academic practice. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as integrative medicine. Dr. Haque graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her residency at the Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she was elected administrative chief resident. She has been part of the faculty at Saint Louis University, Albert Einstein/Montefiore, and New York University, participating in the education and training of nurses, medical students, and resident physicians.
Catherine Monk ’86, Ph.D.trained as a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral specialization in the psychobiological sciences and now conducts research studies with pregnant women and their babies to improve their well-being and their future children’s lives. For over 20 years, through NIH grants, as well as those from foundations such as the March of Dimes and the Robin Hood Foundation, Dr. Monk has contributed to the scientific evidence that when pregnant women experience stress, anxiety, and depression, it also affects their offspring in utero. Dr. Monk’s projects involve fetal assessment, newborn neuroimaging, genetics, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, mother-child interaction, and supportive interventions to characterize maternal experiences and the effects on children’s development and to promote maternal psychobiological health for the mother-child dyad.
Dr. Magda Sobieszczyk is an infectious disease specialist and a clinical virologist. Her research focuses on HIV prevention, especially among communities that are highly impacted yet underrepresented in HIV prevention care and research, such as women, Black, and Latino communities. Much of her work focuses on examining and addressing disparities in uptake and adherence to HIV prevention modalities, like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). She works with stakeholders to ensure that community voices are represented in the research, both locally and internationally. Since the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, she has overseen the implementation of COVID-19 clinical management guidelines and has led studies that test new interventions to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, she has established a prospective cohort to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence, antibody responses, and re-infection among healthcare workers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.