Kavitha Anandalingam is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University in biomedical engineering and earned a MPhil from Cambridge University in Engineering (Computational Neuroscience). The year before medical school, Kavitha worked on a project in Bangalore, India that screened women for antenatal depression and anxiety, and became interested in global mental health.
During medical school, Anandalingam conducted research at MIT on the neural mechanisms of anxiety in a mouse model. She also served as a co-director and mental health clinician at a student run clinic in a men’s jail in Boston. Anandalingam’s primary academic interests include health disparities (both domestically and globally) and the manner in which early life stress affects future mental and physical health. She is interested in working with underserved populations, especially those who have been affected by the criminal justice system and immigrant populations. In February 2019, she completed an away rotation in Primary Care in Madrid. She will be starting a residency program in Psychiatry at NYU during the summer of 2019 and plans to pursue a fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry