Welcome our new NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to introduce two new NIMH T32 Training in Mental Health Services Research postdoctoral fellows and members of the Brown School community: Dr. Hannah Szlyk and Dr. Kimberly Roth.

Dr. Hannah Szlyk, PhD, LCSW, studies suicidality among underserved and minority youth, including adolescents of immigrant families. Hannah is specifically interested in how interventions can be better implemented at the school level and can serve the needs of students who are often marginalized within mainstream education. She is also interested in how data science and technology can be used to better understand and prevent youth suicidality. Hannah’s research includes mixed methods and is informed by social justice and critical frameworks. 

Hannah completed her Bachelor of Arts in international studies and foreign languages, Spanish and Russian, at Kenyon College in 2009. She then pursued a Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, where she specialized in clinical social work, mental health, and trauma-focused interventions. Upon graduation in 2011, Hannah began a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic and clinical social work at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. There, she also researched, wrote, and presented on suicidality, eating disorders, and emotion regulation. She recently completed her PhD at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2018. 

Hannah is a passionate advocate for both immigrant rights and the destigmatization of suicidality. When she needs a break from social work, Hannah enjoys reading mystery novels, spending time with her partner, Jake, and convincing friends that she is not a “cat lady” (four cats is not too many cats).  Hannah will be located in Brown Hall 116. She can be reached at

Dr. Kimberly Roth, PhD, MHS research focuses on the epidemiology of mental disorders in Latinx populations, both in the U.S. and globally. Kim is especially interested in the application of advanced statistical techniques to complex questions regarding immigrant and minority mental health and the integration of psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research.

Kim earned a Master of Health Science in 2009 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), with a thesis on suicidality, depression and antisocial behavior among adults in Mexico. She has experience implementing and analyzing data from a variety of cohort studies involving HIV research, the epidemiology of mental disorders, and a randomized field trial of the Good Behavior Game in urban elementary school students. 

She received her PhD from the mental health department at JHSPH in 2018. Her dissertation used a latent variable framework to explore the relationship between psychiatric disorders and acculturative experiences among U.S.-residing Latinxs. She received several accolades, including the Paul V. Lemkau Award and the Morton Kramer Award for the Application of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in Research on the Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders. Kim will be located in Brown Hall 116. She can be reached at

Please, feel free to come by their office in Brown Hall to welcome them to the Brown School family.

Best regards,

Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Director, NIMH T-32 Training Program, Center for Mental Health Services Research

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