Tran Doan is a PhD candidate of Health Services Organization and Policy in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her dissertation—which focuses on measuring the cost-effectiveness of universal mental health screening for adolescent depression—will likely have policy implications for setting screening practices for pediatricians and other primary care physicians, who are in a strong position to advocate for youth’s mental health. Mental health is an understudied field, and even more so when it comes to programs tailored to multicultural adolescent populations. A cost-effectiveness analysis could be useful for comparing the benefits and harms of multiple options for screening and treating depression.
Tran received a Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease and Microbiology and a Global Health Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with honors from the University of Richmond. In between degrees, she worked for AIDS United, a national HIV nonprofit based in Washington DC, on the Policy and Advocacy team, and for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, a rural Haiti nonprofit hospital on the Development and Fundraising team. Tran was born to Vietnamese refugee-immigrants in California but raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the first to graduate from high school.