Andrea Garrido is a junior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health and Spanish. Andrea developed an interest in working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities from her volunteer experiences in equine therapy. During her time at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, she is looking forward to learning about effectively translating research into practice and advocating for individuals with disabilities in addition to building her experiences in public health and community work. After completing her undergraduate degree, Andrea plans to attend medical school where she can continue to work with and advocate for underserved populations, including people with disabilities and their families.
Cheryl Hansen is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in Psychology and Spanish and minoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. Cheryl developed an interest in working with individuals with disabilities through her involvement in an organization helping to support and create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During her time at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Cheryl hopes to better understand how to make health resources more accessible to people with disabilities in order to be a better advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After completing her bachelor's degree, Cheryl hopes to go into education where she can continue to work with people with disabilities and underrepresented populations.
Vineet Sidhu is a Master of Health Science (MHS) student with a concentration in mental health and a Wendy Klag Center scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an international medical field graduate with interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. She earned her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from India. She developed an interest in intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health during her interactions with patients and their families as a medical student. During her time at the MCDD, Vineet hopes to explore the role of culture in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and best practices for engaging with culturally diverse populations. After graduation, Vineet plans to pursue residency in psychiatry, where she can continue to work and advocate for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and other related mental health disorders.