Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are an elected group of professionals representing a diverse set of disciplines, skills and expertise and are committed to furthering SAPHA’s mission. Our Board members serve a two-year term; nominations for new Board members occur every September and elections are held in November. If you are interested in running for the Board or have other general inquiries, please contact us at .
Memoona Hasnain

Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD

President (2018-2019)
Dr. Hasnain is a longstanding SAPHA member and previously served as Chair of the SAPHA Research Committee. She is a tenured Professor and Interim Department Head in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She holds adjunct faculty appointments in the School of Public Health, Department of Medical Education and College of Nursing and is an Honors College Faculty. The primary focus of Dr. Hasnain’s work is at the intersection of medicine and public health, with an emphasis on humanism, empathy, social justice, health equity, interprofessional education, service and scholarship. She is a nationally recognized expert on health disparities.

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In addition to research advocacy and mentoring, Dr. Hasnain has developed and implemented academic programs organized in four themes: 1) Interprofessional collaborative education and practice, 2) Civic role, service learning and community engagement 3) Cultural sensitivity, competency and inclusiveness, and 4) Wellness, resilience and success. She is the principal architect of several educational innovations, including UIC College of Medicine’s longitudinal “Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program”, which has special emphasis on vulnerable populations and social determinants of health. She is Co-Director of "ENGAGE-IL" a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program funded by HRSA; founding Faculty Advisor for the UIC COM Student Wellness Committee; Co-Chair of the UIC COM Gold Humanism Honor Society; Co-Chair of UIC COM Faculty Academic Advancement Committee; and Chairs the Scholarship Workgroup for the UIC Interprofessional Education Steering Committee. She is a trained mediator and Healer’s Art faculty.

Dr. Hasnain is the lead editor of a book on South Asian Health. She has received numerous accolades for her research and teaching, including the Teaching Recognition Award by the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Health Policy and Administration Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from UIC School of Public Health, and the Susan La Flesche Picotte, MD Health Equity Pioneer Award from UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Hasnain was a delegate of the 2017 Chicago-Shanghai Sister Cities Social Service Exchange, focusing on care of older adults. She is a recipient of the prestigious Macy Faculty Scholars Award by the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation. This award is given to select educators nationally to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery.

Dr. Hasnain’s background is in clinical medicine, medical education and public health. She received her medical degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. The primary reasons for her career shift were to find better ways to train health professions students so they are more humanistic and to find ways to integrate health care delivery with Public Heath to address the needs of those who are marginalized and vulnerable and fall through the cracks of the health care system. She came to USA in 1998 on a WHO scholarship to attend the Master of Health Professions Education Leadership Program at UIC in the Department of Medical Education. She subsequently completed her PhD in Public Health from UIC on a fellowship from American Association of University Women. Over her professional trajectory, Dr. Hasnain has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the education and advancement of health professions and has also recognized the unique opportunity to conduct inquiry in populations that traditionally have not been given a great voice in their care.

Dr. Hasnain’s global health research and education experience includes: Medical Educator at College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan - WHO Collaborating Center for 22 EMRO countries (1995-1998); teaching and research consultations: Saudi Arabia (2010) and Qatar (2011); Assistant Vice President for Education (2015-2016) and Co-Director FAIMER Institute (2015-2017) at Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) which is part of the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Yousra Yusuf

Yousra Yusuf, MPH

Vice President (2018-2019)
Yousra Yusuf, MPH is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to that, she was the Project Coordinator at the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health. In this position, she was managing the Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment project, a large scale health needs assessment project in diverse, low-income Asian American communities in the metro New York area. In her role, she coordinated partnership building with community-based organizations, organized events in communities to administer surveys and worked on data management and dissemination.

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Ms. Yusuf completed her Masters in Public Health at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology and a research focus in maternal health. She has an extensive background in public health research and teaching in the fields of community health research, health disparities, and health advocacy. Her research interests are in immigrant health, health disparities, and women’s health in underserved, community-based research settings. Ms. Yusuf is involved in various capacities in several community-based, non-profit organizations serving the Asian and South Asian community in New York and abroad.

Shipra Singh

Shipra Singh, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Research Committee Co-Chair (2015-2017)
Dr. Shipra Singh is an Assistant Professor at College of Health Sciences, Department of Health and Recreations Profession, University of Toledo, Ohio. Currently, her research aims to examine the challenges faced by minority population in approaching and utilizing health care services, and specific stressors faced by these groups that may contribute to the disparities, and specifically investigate it through a gender lens that impact mental disorders. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Michigan School of Public Health on Women’s Health, Psychosocial Aspects of Health, and Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities.

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Shipra attended medical school in India and continued her Medical Externship at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois. She completed her doctoral training in Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her dissertation work examined the impact of immigration related factors and acculturative stress on depression and psychological distress among Asian American immigrants.

Shipra joined Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD) India in 2011, which provides community based rehabilitation for the disabled. She worked with the ‘Women with Disability Program’, where she conducted in-depth interviews with women living in rural communities, and conducted a training workshop for providers and lay community organizers to identify and build strategies for the health concerns of women with disabilities.


Shibani Ray-Mazumder, Sc.D., Ph.D.

Board Member (2016-2018)
Dr. Shibani Ray-Mazumder is a Clinical Health Psychologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center. She has a Ph.D degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate Institute as well as a Sc.D degree in Epidemiology/Maternal Fetal Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has earned certification as a Clinical Guided Imagery and Meditation practitioner from the Huntington Institute of Psychosynthesis. Dr. Ray-Mazumder’s research interests include risk assessment of vulnerable populations, identifying predictive factors associated with positive aging and resilience and promoting the assessment and treatment of emotional health among palliative and geriatric care patients. She has presented her findings at national and international conferences.

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Dr. Ray-Mazumder specializes in the management of acute or chronic emotional health issues among individuals with serious and advanced illness. She works with patients to help them better deal with anxiety, depression, fatigue and pain through the use of cognitive behavioral , psychodynamic, interpersonal and mindfulness based therapies. She is interested in working with SAPHA in finding ways to increase awareness of palliative care services as well as to understand health care needs among South Asian elders and their families in the U.S. She is also involved in funding and supporting palliative care programs in India.