Designing Research and Programs for Youth with Youth

May 2, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB 710
651 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
SusanLloyd McGarry

FXB Work-in Progress Series Presents Manasi Sharma, Majdi Osman, MD, MPH, and Margarete Matache, PhD

Manasi Sharma is the Technical Lead, Mental Health, at YLabs and a Doctor of Science candidate at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research applies mixed-methods to understand how traumatic events impact mental health and help-seeking outcomes in South Sudan and Liberia, and how this knowledge can be utilized in the design and delivery of culturally-acceptable psychosocial interventions in humanitarian settings. Her research interests focus on the use of mixed methods, participatory approaches, and human-centered design to understand adolescent risk, resilience, and access to appropriate healthcare in a variety of settings.

Majdi Osman is co-founder of YLabs and Visiting Faculty, Harvard Medical School. YLabs is a non-profit dedicated to developing innovative approaches to adolescent health through the use of design and data-driven approaches. He previously worked at the World Health Organization and recently completed his master’s in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on a Frank Knox Fellowship.  He is also the clinical program director at OpenBiome. a non-profit catalyzing translational research in the human microbiome.


Margareta (Magda) Matache is a Roma rights activist from Romania, director of the Roma Program at Harvard FXB,  and also a Harvard instructor. In 2012 she was awarded a Hauser postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard FXB and founded the Roma Program here at that time. She just finished shepherding Culture Beyond Borders: The Roma Contribution, FXB’s very successful fifth annual event to mark International Roma Day. From 2005 to 2012 Matache was the executive director of Romani CRISS (, a leading NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma. During her tenure Romani CRISS took a stand against discrimination in landmark cases targeting the president, prime minister, and foreign minister of Romania. She completed her doctoral research work in the early childhood development of Romani children at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, and holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policies. Her publications and research have covered the rights, agency, and social ecology of Romani children and adolescents, early childhood development, Romani women, anti-Roma violence, and segregation in education. University of Pennyslvania Press published her latest book  Realizing Roma Rights a few weeks ago. The volume which she co-edited with Andrzej Mirga and FXB’s research director, Jacqueline Bhabha, investigates anti-Roma racism and documents a growing Roma-led political movement engaged in building a more inclusive and just Europe.