Meet our team of writers for 2022-2023!

Ankita Gupte
Ankita Gupte

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Syosset, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: Creative Writing

Hello! My name is Ankita Gupte, and I am majoring in biology and minoring in creative writing. I joined The Humanology Project in Spring 2022 because I wanted to talk about my own experiences in mental health and potentially spread information that can help or inspire others to improve their own mental heath. By connecting my writing and biology experiences, I am able to help this project’s goal of destigmatizing mental health. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and vibing with my two dogs, Bogey and Asterix.

Christian Ortiz
Christian Ortiz

Joined in Fall 2020

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: Spanish Language & Literature

Hi! My name is Christian Ortiz and I am a fourth year student. Some of my interests and hobbies are sports (playing basketball), watching/reading anime/manga, and playing video games.

Crystal Huang

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Westbury, NY

Majors: Biochemistry & Psychology

My name is Crystal Huang, and I am a senior majoring in biochemistry and psychology. As a writer for The Humanology Project, I am interested in learning more about mental health issues, psychological disorders, and social relationships, emphasizing low-income and minority communities. THP’s mission inspired me to be part of the effort to increase mental health awareness among other students on- and off-campus. Some days, I would love to spend some time reading a great book or watching a funny movie while drinking warm tea.

Danielle Miclat
Danielle Miclat

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Westchester, NY

Major: Psychology B.S.

I have learned a lot about mental health and neurodiversity throughout my semesters at Stony Brook, and I have gained a strong passion for it. I joined the Humanology Project to help educate and inform readers on matters of mental health, in hopes of ending the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding the topic.

Julia Pollina

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: Stony Brook, NY

Major: Psychology B.S.

Hi! I’m Julia, and I’m a senior who likes rock music and film! In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with my two pet ball pythons! I plan to be a pharmacist specializing in psychiatric care, but I have a variety of other career goals that I am currently mapping out. I look forward to advancing mental health advocacy through THP and connecting with new friends this semester!

Julia Chivu

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: Centereach, NY

Major: Biology specializing in Developmental Genetics

Minor: Health, Medicine, and Society

Hi! I am a junior, a commuter, and a new writer for the Humanology Project. I love to travel and garden.

Kelsey Quinn

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: Levittown, NY

Major: Psychology

Minor: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I am a Senior and I transferred to Stony last fall! I like to read, go thrifting, sing, make random crafts and just spend time with the people in my life. I’m not sure what my future career looks like yet, I just know I want to help others.

Melanie Navarro

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: N/A

Major: N/A

Pavani Kumar
Pavani Kumar

Joined in Fall 2021

Hometown: Babylon, NY

Majors: Biochemistry & Sociology

Hi Everyone! My name is Pavani (she/her), and I am a Senior at Stony Brook double-majoring in Biochemistry and Sociology! I enjoy reading anything from fantasy, dystopian, to history (especially South Asian history)! I also love binge-watching shows and enjoy comedy or suspenseful dramas. I am excited to be a part of The Humanology Project, as this organization allows for greater educational discussion and conversation about mental and neurological illnesses. I hope my interest in writing can show through my articles and for its contents to resonate with another person.

Rebecca Provler

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: N/A

Major: N/A


Ryan Leech
Ryan Leech

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Ballston Lake, NY

Majors: Biology & Psychology

My name is Ryan Leech, and I am a pre-med student majoring in biology and psychology. I joined The Humanology Project because its message was something that I took to heart. Being someone who believes that our current system is too harsh on those who have mental illnesses, it seemed only fitting that I should join such an organization that exists to fight against that stigma. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing tennis, and going online to play video games.

Sammi Hua

Joined in Fall 2022

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Psychology

I am a junior and I love reading and cats! I am also passionate about neuroscience and mental health awareness

Shrilakkshmi Babu
Shrilakkshmi Babu

Joined in Spring 2021

Hometown: Nanuet, NY

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: English

Hi! I’m Shri, and I’m currently a senior on the pre-med track. I joined The Humanology Project because I’m passionate about spreading awareness about mental illnesses and working towards reducing the stigma around them. In addition to THP, I also work as a medical scribe and volunteer as a tutor. In my free time, I enjoy reading, creative writing and teaching my pet fish new tricks!

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