Articles by Shahd Husein

Shahd Husein is the editorial assistant for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds. She is currently working toward her Master of Public Health (MPH) at Tufts University School of Medicine, and previously attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a B.A. in Arabic language and literature with a minor in medical anthropology. Before working with the Clay Center, Shahd collaborated with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission on several communications projects including a website redesign, weekly press advances, and social media efforts. Prior to that, she served as a behavioral health research fellow at Health Care For All and reported on the status of mental health and substance use disorders in Massachusetts.

Shahd is passionate about increasing access to and promoting accurate health information. With her background in health communication and a passion for mental health advocacy, she hopes to help the Clay Center understand how and where to best reach parents and caregivers.

Shrinking It Down: Beyond High School (Season 1, Episode 15)

May 30, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Beyond High School (Season 1, Episode 15)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** Did you know that many young people forego college and go into the workforce after high school? In fact, going to college right away has declined to 66% of high school grads, in recent years, and only 46% of those under age 30 complete an […]

Shrinking It Down: Kids, Marches, and Media (Season 1, Episode 14)

May 16, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Kids, Marches, and Media (Season 1, Episode 14)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** Recently, youth-driven marches such as ‘March for Our Lives’ have received extensive media coverage. While many kids and teens are participating in these marches, what happens to those who want a different outlet? Have adults pressured youth into marching? On this episode of Shrinking It Down, […]

Shrinking It Down: Navigating the System (Season 1, Episode 13)

May 2, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Navigating the System (Season 1, Episode 13)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** We’re not going to pretend it isn’t so. If you’re seeking mental or behavioral health services for your child, it can be tricky and frustrating trying to navigate the system. But resources are available. In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Ellen Braaten joins […]

Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost: Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 12)

April 18, 2018

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Creativity Gives Our Brains a Boost: Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 12)

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” *** Is creativity important for human relationships? We don’t just think so, we know it! Think about it, yourself: What does it mean when you watch a movie with family or create music with friends? […]

Apps That Got Me Through School

April 17, 2018

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Apps That Got Me Through School

Like many millennials, I consider myself an early adopter of new technology. I happen to own an iPhone, so I find myself pleasantly scrolling through the “Today” column on the Apple App Store. I am constantly mesmerized by the listing of new apps, their functional features, and the colorful images used to put them on […]

Is Age 27 the New 18? – Shrinking It Down

March 21, 2018

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Is Age 27 the New 18? – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down”.  *** Does turning 18 mark the start of adulthood, or is this milestone simply a cultural construct? These days, researchers say that legal adolescence should continue into the mid-20s. In this episode of Shrinking It […]

Hope Beyond Anorexia – Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 9)

March 7, 2018

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Hope Beyond Anorexia – Shrinking It Down (Season 1, Episode 9)

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down”.  *** Note: The following person’s account of his/her personal experience has been published with his/her consent to support the mission of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and let others in similar situations not feel […]

Shrinking It Down: Emotional Eating (Season 1, Episode 8)

February 21, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Emotional Eating (Season 1, Episode 8)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** Emotional eating occurs when we use food as a coping mechanism to deal with the stresses in life. Oftentimes, feelings of shame and regret follow patterns of emotional eating. Drs. Gene Beresin and Steven Schlozman break down what emotional eating is, where it comes from, […]

Shrinking It Down: Loving Relationships (Season 1, Episode 7)

February 7, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Loving Relationships (Season 1, Episode 7)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** While relationships with family, friends, and even pets can be challenging, learning how to balance our needs with the needs of others can lead to meaningful, loving relationships. Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steve Schlozman are joined by Dr. Ellen Braaten to celebrate the joys […]

Shrinking It Down: Films That Heal, with Eric Lu (Season 1, Episode 5)

January 10, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Films That Heal, with Eric Lu (Season 1, Episode 5)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** Films foster empathy and can even promote social action. Sharing stories of mental health through video allows viewers to deeply connect with storytellers. When we watch and listen to stories, we begin to expand our own perspectives and understand the lived experiences of others. Filmmaker […]