Manasi is a second year doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on global mental health policy and research, child and adolescent health, psychiatric epidemiology and medical anthropology. She has a Masters in Mental Health Studies from King’s College, London and an International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights from WHO and Indian Law Society. For the past 5 years, she has been working in the field of public mental health, particularly intervention research for integration of mental health into primary care, etiology of mood disorders, and health law and policy. Manasi has worked in universities, legal aid firms, hospitals, and non-governmental organizations across India, the UK, Switzerland and Sierra Leone. Her current research at Harvard focuses on mental health and educational outcomes of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Upon completing her doctorate, she aspires to work at the intersection of academia and community-based research, focusing on health outcomes in vulnerable populations. Her other interests include traveling, painting, writing poetry, playing the drums, reading fiction and non-fiction, biking, exploring new cities, going for concerts, and trying out new cuisines.