Harvard FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH

Director

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights in the department of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Bassett’s…

Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD

Executive Director

Natalia joined the Harvard FXB Center from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a wealth of global health and development experience having worked in the UN system since 2007. Most recently, she led UNDP’s work on addressing complex challenges at the nexus of health and environment, looking especially at the vulnerability of poor and marginalized communities to climate change. Natalia developed the strategy for UNDP’s engagement in this new…

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc

Director of Research

Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She received a first class honors degree…

Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH

Faculty

Dr. Satchit Balsari is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Since 2009, he has been affiliated with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, where his research has contributed to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. His interdisciplinary interests in mobile technology, disaster response, and population health have been informed…

Vasileia Digidiki, MSc, PhD

Harvard Instructor, Health and Human Rights Fellow

Vasileia Digidiki, PhD is a Harvard Instructor and a Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is a Forensic and Social Psychologist and leads the FXB Center’s research agenda on migration. She holds a PhD in Clinical and Social Psychology and two master’s degrees in Forensic and Social Psychology. Since 2014, Dr. Digidiki has studied child protection amidst humanitarian crises,…

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Veronica Lewin, BA

Director of Communications

Veronica Lewin serves as the FXB Center’s Director of Communications, where she is responsible for implementing strategic internal and external communications plans and coordinating special events. Veronica has a wealth of experience in public health communications. Prior to joining the FXB Center, Veronica held increasingly responsible communications roles in New York City government, including six years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While in the…

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Margareta (Magda) Matache, PhD

Instructor

Dr. Margareta (Magda) Matache is a scholar from Romania, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ Roma Program, and a Harvard instructor. Her research and teaching focus on the history and manifestations of anti-Roma racism, as well as the global history of race and racism. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Matache was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS, a human rights organization that defends the rights of Roma. In 2012, she was…

Rebecca Shin, MPA, MEd

Strategy Officer

Rebecca Shin is the Strategy Officer at Harvard FXB where she contributes to program development and operations.  After completing her MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, Shin joined the Harvard FXB Center to directly pursue her passion for the human rights space.  Her areas of focus include child protection programs as well as key strategic initiatives with the Executive Director.  Prior to attending HKS, she worked for over 20 years…

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Research Fellow

Margaret (Maggie) Sullivan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. In 2019, she graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH program) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with an interest in serving immigrant patients and their families. Her dissertation research focused on improving healthcare delivery to immigrant patients…

Matlin Gilman, MPH, MDiv

Researcher

Matlin Gilman is a researcher at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Matlin is working with Dr. Mary T. Bassett on research projects related to racism and health. The projects cover topics such as criminal justice reform, the racial wealth gap, reparations, and the racialized impact of Covid-19. Matlin began his public health career at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). As a research assistant,…

Justin Feldman, ScD

Health and Human Rights Fellow

Justin Feldman is a social epidemiologist who researches racism and health, with emphases on economic inequality and police violence. He completed a ScD in social and behavioral sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018, and worked as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

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Caleb Dresser, MD

Fellow

Caleb Dresser is the 2019-2021 Climate and Human Health Fellow at Harvard FXB,  The fellowship is part of the Living Closer Foundation Consortium on Climate Science and Health Policy through the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caleb is studying the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable communities in Boston, with a particular focus on those with electricity-dependent medical needs. Through the course of his…