People

Megan Winkelman

Megan Winkelman

Megan Winkelman’s research and advocacy has focused on mental health stigma, patient narratives, and low-literacy populations, thanks to the support of the Dalai Lama Fellows Program, the Westly Foundation, and the Bay Area Inspire Award. After graduating from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology, Honors in Feminist Studies, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature, she moved to London and helped launch the It Gets Brighter Campaign, which collects and features video messages of hope from those living with mental illness. Winkelman is now a member of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine’s Class of 2020. Contact

Megan Collins

Megan Collins

Megan Collins is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied history and education. She currently works at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Collins’s experiences with aging and illness in her family have taught her the importance of positivity and humor as imposed treatment regimens, self-love as a wellness practice, and the incredible resilience required of caretakers in the most difficult moments of life and death. Contact

Liat Litwin

Liat Litwin

Liat Litwin’s interest in health narratives derives from experiences with members of her immediate family, who have shown her the inner workings of the medical field from the perspective of both health care providers and patients. Litwin graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Cognitive and Brain Science, and is especially passionate about exploring the intersection of health and technology in clinical settings. She has worked as a research coordinator investigating virtual reality as a non-pharmacological analgesic for children with sickle cell disease, and at a startup creating digital health tools to empower patients at home. In 2016, Litwin joined the Class of 2020 at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv. Contact

Hayley Beckett

Hayley Beckett

Hayley Beckett works at the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington, an inclusive education setting for children with and without physical and developmental disabilities. An aspiring social worker, Beckett cares deeply about pushing back against the stigma of mental health and disability to ensure that all families’ physical and emotional needs are met. She has also researched the impact that creating public art can have on individual and community health outcomes in the aftermath of trauma, and believes deeply in the healing power of creative expression. Beckett is a graduate of Whitman College. Contact

Megan Winkelman

Megan Winkelman

Megan Winkelman, Founding Editor, is passionate about integrating patient narratives into medical education and training to promote better doctor-patient communication. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, Interdisciplinary Honors in Feminist Studies, and an M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature. Currently she is the Operations Director for the It Gets Brighter Campaign (itgetsbrighter.org). Contact

Megan Collins

Megan Collins

Megan Collins, Editor, is a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in history. As a student she became interested in issues around education, class, access and power. Megan’s experiences with aging and serious illness in her family have taught her the importance of positivity and humor as imposed treatment regimens, self-love as a wellness practice, and the incredible resilience required of caretakers in the most difficult moments of life and death. Contact

Liat Litwin

Liat Litwin

Liat Litwin, Editor, graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Science. Her interest in the experience of illness derives from her family, who have shown her the inner workings of the medical field from the perspective of health care providers and patients alike. She is especially passionate about exploring the intersection of health and technology in clinical settings. Currently, she works as a medical scribe in Berkeley, CA. Contact

Hayley Beckett

Hayley Beckett

Hayley Beckett, Editor, studied Race and Ethnic Studies and Public Health at Whitman College and now lives in Berkeley, California. An aspiring child psychologist with a particular interest in autism and PTSD, Hayley has worked for non-profits in settings that include special education classrooms, group homes, and psychiatric wards. Hayley is also an ardent writer and bluegrass fiddler who, as a rape survivor, has experienced firsthand the dramatic healing that creating art can bring to the mind, body and spirit. Contact


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We are grateful to Stanford professor and Clayman Institute artist-in-residence Valerie Miner for judging Uprooted’s first-place award, Stanford School of Medicine Professor Audrey Shafer for editorial guidance in poetry selection, Giulia Meador for design consulting, Grace Porter, our wonderful intern, for her passion and marketing input, and artist Jayinee Basu for creating our cover art.