Team

Sophie Okolo, MPH

Sophie is the founder and chief editor of Global Health Aging. She is a science writer and researcher with bylines in Forbes, Inverse, PBS Next Avenue, Salon, and other outlets. A TEDMED 2020 Research Scholar, Sophie was selected for her expertise in health technology and bioinformatics. She has worked on various projects across the private and public sectors, from managing healthy aging portfolios to analyzing the impact of dementia on millennial caregivers. Her memberships include Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the New York Academy of Medicine. An advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), she supports causes that improve women and minority representation. Connect with Sophie on Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, and her portfolio website.


Monica Javidnia, PhD

Dr. Monica Javidnia is a neuropharmacologist and Experimental Therapeutics in Neurological Disease Fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Georgetown University, USA. Her work focuses on pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, disease progression modeling, and patient outcomes. Dr. Javidnia also is an experienced yoga instructor with the goal of providing personalized yoga practices for people with Parkinson’s disease. She believes yoga has the potential to improve symptoms, help prevent falls, and may also be beneficial for their care partner. Connect with Dr. Javidnia on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Diana Patel, PhD

Dr. Patel is a postdoctoral research associate in the College of Public Health at Kent State University, focusing on maternal and child health and technology. She works on projects that investigate both the positive and negative impact of technology on health (including screen time, virtual reality and clinical health outcomes, and using machine learning to study social media posts about maternal and child health). Dr. Patel has an interest in studying health and well-being across the lifespan, with an emphasis on social support and social networks and the role they play in impacting health. She previously wrote for Global Health Aging, covering countries that include Australia, USA, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Connect with Dr. Patel on Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter.


Emma Barrett Palmer, LLB, MSc

Emma is the founder of humanKINDER Ltd, a company whose mission is to amplify silenced voices for whole systems change using social innovation, creative research, and humanitarian design. She was a founding member, and lead at the first Social Innovation Lab in the UK government, where she curated the award-winning project called The Dementia Diaries. In 2019, the humanKINDER team was awarded a global design research prize by the European Academy of Design and South African Design Indaba for Recipes of HOPE using food as a catalyst to build community. She is writing a book that documents the food cooked and shared with displaced communities during a 16,000-mile journey across Europe in The Welcome Tent, an ex-army catering tent re-purposed for peace. Connect with Emma on LinkedinTwitter, and Instagram.

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