Farah Qureshi is a second year doctoral candidate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on social factors influencing the well being of adolescents, with an emphasis on reducing health inequities, the intersection of mental health and violence prevention, and positive youth development. In 2010, Farah received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studying children and youth with a concentration in health communications. After finishing her studies, she joined the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at Hopkins, where she coordinated research and advocacy projects around the health of vulnerable adolescents, both domestically and internationally. Upon the completion of her doctoral program, Farah looks forward to working across disciplines to promote evidence-based policies and programs that give young people the opportunity to become healthy, educated, and empowered adults. Farah received her BA in writing from Johns Hopkins University, and was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. In her spare time, she loves to cook, stay active, enjoy the arts (especially films and live music), and explore Boston’s food scene.