In 2021, we welcome three newly-elected board members and one returning board member to the Global Alliance Board of Directors.

New Directors at Large

Swarnima Chaudhary
Swarnima Chaudhary, MPH
Technology Project Manager, National Mental Health Innovation Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Nima is a public health professional with training and expertise in global health systems, management, and policy analysis. She has been involved in extensive mixed-methods research and program evaluation for trauma-informed programs and clinical technology implementation. In her role as Technology Project Manager at the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC), Nima manages over 30 clinical and community sites within the Tech Innovation Network. She is committed to bringing her public health-centered, health equity-oriented voice to the mental health and technology landscape. Her interests also include openly speaking about her experiences as an LGBTQA person of color. Nima received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health. She has been actively involved with the Global Alliance since 2018, contributing to work of the Early Student and Career, Global Mental Health, and LGBTQ+ Task Forces.

Maury Nation
Maury Nation, PhD

Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College
Vanderbilt University

Throughout his career, Maury's research has focused on developing strategies and interventions that promote positive school climate, prevent violence and bullying among children and adolescents, and reduce racial disparities in exclusionary discipline. Most recently, his research has delved into the relations between community context and school climate, and the influence these constructs have on student behaviors and student achievement. He leads the Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Well-being, a five-year research collaboration with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Oasis Center and the Mayor's Office. Maury received his PhD in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his new role on the Global Alliance Board of Directors, Maury is involved with the Safe and Humane Schools Task Force.

New Student Representative to the Board

Nadha Hassen
Nadha Hassen, HBSc, MPH
PhD Student, Environmental and Urban Change
York University

As a doctoral candidate, Nadha's research, writing, and projects explore health equity in different environments, with a focus on intersectional anti-racism and human rights. For her thesis, she is examining the links between urban green spaces and mental health and well-being for racialized populations. In addition to conducting health research, Nadha is a chronic illness advocate and enjoys thinking and working at the intersections of research, education, and advocacy, having worked previously in think tanks, healthcare, government agencies, and community organizations. She received her MPH from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Nadha has been actively involved with the Student and Early Career Task Force of the Global Alliance since 2019 and has also recently joined the Global Mental Health Task Force.

Returning Secretary


Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing & Health Studies
Georgetown University Medical Center

In addition to being the course coordinator and lecturer for undergraduate and graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Edilma is the current chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing, has over 30 years of experience in the field, and was invited to teach at and develop coursework for the University of the West Indies School of Nursing in Jamaica as part of a Fulbright assignment. Her research interests include the mental health of minority and immigrant youth, vulnerable families, cultural factors impacting mental health symptomatology and treatment, and youth empowerment strategies. Edilma has contributed chapters to and worked as editor for two textbooks published in the last 10 years, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing and the Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing. Edilma received her PhD in Nursing from Adelphi University.