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Current Fellows

Viviana Alvarez-Toro, MD

Viviana Alvarez-Toro was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended Georgetown University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She later pursued her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She recently completed her psychiatric residency training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program in Baltimore, Maryland. She is interested in the intersection between severe mental illness and the criminal justice system. In particular, she is interested in due process rights, interrogation procedures, and mental health care in different treatment settings (correctional vs hospital). In addition, she is also interested in capital punishment, sexual offenses, and judicial advocacy.

McKenzie Cassidy, DO

Ann Marie Mckenzie Cassidy is originally from Southwest Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and then completed a post-baccalaureate-pre-medical program at Georgetown University. After attending medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she finished her general psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke's-West in Manhattan, New York. Mckenzie is currently a fellow in Psychiatry and Law at Yale University. During residency she completed research projects on improving the connection between emergency services and outpatient mental health care, as well the changing nature of the police recruiting process. She is interested in the drug diversion court process.

Nadia Gilbo, MD

Nadia Gilbo was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She immigrated to the US with her family in 2005 and enrolled at the Broward College in South Florida. She then transferred to the University of Florida to pursue a degree in Entomology and Nematology and subsequently attended medical school at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She was chief resident at the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a civil commitment state hospital. Her professional interests revolve around violence risk assessment and geroforensic issues. She will pursue a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Yale University following the conclusion of her forensic training. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Merrill Mathew, DO

Merrill grew up in Claremont, California. He attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then proceeded to receive his Master of Science in Biology. His thesis concentrated on researching the mechanistic studies of protein synthesis with the idea to help in the design of novel antibiotics to treat infections. Inspired by his mother’s career as a psychiatrist, he discovered his passion to be a doctor and completed his medical degree at the Western University of Health Sciences. Merrill completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. After residency, Merrill went on to join the Law and Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University. His interests include healthcare policy, ethical issues, and correctional psychiatry. He hopes to work in an academic and administrative setting after completing fellowship. In his spare time, Merrill enjoys playing golf, hiking, and traveling the world.

Hassan Naqvi, MD

Hassan grew up in Newburgh, New York. He attended SUNY Albany and graduated with a double major in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Hassan's Interdisciplinary Studies major focused on terrorism and political violence, and led to a thesis paper titled "Situation Crime Prevention Applied to Ricin and Bioterrorism." After graduating from medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he completed his psychiatry residency at Emory University and served as Chief Resident of outpatient services. Hassan has presented at numerous American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) conferences since medical school on topics including sex offenders, suicide terrorism, international gun violence, forensic training of general psychiatry residents, and the use of the Dark Net in various forms of criminal behavior. On an international level, he has discussed state sponsored torture and recruitment of terrorists by international organizations. Hassan was selected as one of the 2018 Rappeport fellows. His interests in psychiatry also include psychotherapy, novel drugs of abuse, and violence risk assessments.

Nhut Giuc Tran, MD

Nhut grew up in Philadelphia. He graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He returned to Philadelphia to complete his medical degree at Temple University. He completed his psychiatry residency training and a Master's in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. During his residency, he was also a recipient for the American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship. His interests include improving the mental health of minority and immigrant populations, and understanding how systems of care and mental policies perpetuate health disparities.