My name is Katie Hsih and I'm a PGY3 in the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Research Residency. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and moved to the east coast to attend college at Princeton University, where I studied Operations Research & Financial Engineering with minors in Engineering Biology and Global Health & Health Policy.
After college, I was a global health fellow in Sierra Leone working on community health programming from HIV home-based care to teenage pregnancy prevention. This inspired an interest in cultural systems, leading me to graduate studies in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford. My research focused on harmful cultural practices, such as footbinding and female genital cutting, as well as the hidden curriculum in medical training. I returned to the US for medical school at Johns Hopkins, where I explored psychiatry broadly and dipped my toes into a variety of research areas. I worked with Sophia Vinogradov on therapeutic computerized cognitive training programs, and also examined attachment style as a predictor of oxytocin effects on social cognition. I visited Mali with the JHU School of Public Health for a mixed methods project to characterize perinatal depression, and also traveled to China for clinical rotations in mental health care.
I'm delighted to train at MGH/McLean where there are such vibrant and diverse clinical and research opportunities with passionate mentors and colleagues. In residency, I am working with Justin Baker and Blaise Aguirre on a digital phenotyping study to characterize and predict behavioral patterns among adolescents with borderline personality traits by applying data science methods to multimodal behavioral data collected via passive technology. I'm grateful to the program and to PSTP for providing thoughtful guidance and support for my goals in interdisciplinary research.
Outside of work, I enjoy dancing, backpacking, baking in large quantities, playing acoustic guitar, and climbing trees.