Current Rappaport Fellows at Mass. General Hospital

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Lucia Navarro de Lara, PhD

Lucia Navarro de Lara, PhD

2020 Rappaport Fellow

Dr. Lucia Navarro de Lara is an RF Engineer for MRI systems at the Athinoula. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Research Fellow in the Department of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She received her MSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain her MSc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Navarro de Lara’s work focuses on developing dedicated hardware for multimodal brain imaging, especially to combine non-invasive brain stimulation like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with functional MRI. Her current project consists of building and integrating the first-of-its-kind multichannel TMS array system with a whole head RF coil for MR Imaging. One of the many possible clinical applications of the novel integrated system is the ability to optimize rTMS protocols for the treatment of Major Depression Disorder (MDD) performing close-loop TMS experiments to optimize the target region for the treatment.

Lara Traeger, PhD

Lara Traeger, PhD

2020 Rappaport Fellow

Dr. Lara Traeger is a psychologist in the Cancer Center and the Behavioral Medicine Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the Associate Director of the Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research Unit for the Mass General Division of Clinical Research. She received her B.A. in psychology from Duke University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and she completed her fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Traeger’s work focuses on optimizing health behaviors in adults with chronic medical conditions comorbid with mental health symptoms. She currently conducts research on behavioral strategies to enhance quality of life and quality of care for adults affected by cancer. Dr. Traeger has over 100 published works, including peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has been the principal investigator of funded grants from the NIH/National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, and serves on the editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals including  Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and Psycho-Oncology. Dr. Traeger supervises and mentors clinician scientists on the conduct of mixed methods research in medical settings.

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

2020 Rappaport Fellow

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc is a general academic neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center and Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Mongan Institute, Associate Director of the MGH Asylum Clinic, and medical expert with the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network. Dr. Saadi completed her neurology training at the Harvard Partners MGH-BWH Neurology Program, where she also served as Chief Resident. Her research training includes a health services research fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA, where she conducted several health services research projects and received a master’s degree in health policy and management. 

Her research focuses on neuropsychiatric health disparities, immigrant communities including asylum-seekers and refugees, and addressing inequities through community-partnered and policy-relevant scholarship and action. Dr. Saadi completed her undergraduate studies at Yale College and earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where she graduated cum laude and received the Dean’s Community Service Award.