GIHHR International Health and Human Rights Fellow

Dr. Mahmoud Aldyab, the founder and head position for Mobility Solutions, is a physician from Syria that is currently a visiting scholar at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. He is a recipient of the Van Heuven Goedhart-Penning Award from a Dutch Human Rights Organization, who gives this award bi-annually to “extraordinary people who are very committed to refugees and displaced persons.” Dr. Mahmoud has experience working for the Physicians for Human Rights, Qatar Red Crescent, and Unified Medical Syrian Bureau.

Kathryn (Kate) Mishkin, MPH, MA, Doctorate in Public Health candidate in the School of Public Health, holds a Masters in Public Health degree from Emory University and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in the Social and Behavioral Health track of the Health Policy, Management, and Behavior department as well as a Certificate in Women and Public Policy at University at Albany. Kate has over five years of experience working internationally and several years working in the United States on projects related to women’s health and empowerment. She is interested in maternal and child health, and at GIHHR, she is collaborating on a maternal mental illness health needs assessment in Iraq as well as analysis of factors related to mother-to-child HIV transmission in Tajikistan and tuberculosis in Kazakhstan.



Christopher Paynter holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Stony  

Brook University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently pursuing an MPH at SUNY Albany. He is interested in research on aging and the special needs of older adults with HIV. Currently, he is also working on a project on risk behaviors for individuals taking pre-exposure prophylaxis.




Xinyun Xu holds an MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from Univerity at Albany, SUNY She is interested in research pertaining to education evaluation, family, peer, and mental health in the field of drug addiction and HIV. She is currently working on several research projects at GIHHR which are related to curriculum evaluation for HIV/AIDS Drug Addiction Training Curriculum for Turkish and Iranian healthcare professionals; curriculum delivery for Medical education curriculum for Syria refugee students; and risk factors of drug use and HIV.