Current Staff


Mahnaz Alaei, MS,
is the Web Developer as well as the Information Systems Assistant at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights.

After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering as well as the Master's degree in Computer Science, She is currently creating several online learning platforms where health professionals and outreach workers can attend online courses to advance their skills and continued training in the field of global health and international law. To facilitate the learning process, these online courses incorporate state-of-the-art technology and provide visual and audio teaching components in multiple languages.

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September Johnson
is a Research Support Specialist with the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights.

September graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with minors in psychology and educational studies. She is an aspiring public health professional with plans to work in the fields of global health and prevention. Shortly, September will return to school to earn her Master of Public Health. Additionally, she hopes to earn her DrPH. September began working with GIHHR in the fall of 2014 and served as the Intern Coordinator and as a Project Coordinator throughout her undergraduate career. During her time as a student here, September researched and wrote reports on health and human rights indicators with regards to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, September currently serves on President's Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors and is a Peer Recovery Leader for the University at Albany Collegiate Recovery Program initiative.


Rachel Dejean
, Intern Coordinator

Rachel has worked at the GIHHR since the Fall of 2016. She is a journalism major and art minor and is a part of the Institute’s social media team. During her time as an intern, she has created two newsletters which outline the yearly accomplishments of the GIHHR. In addition, she has helped to write several reports on the Online Education for Displaced Students (OEDS) as well as drug addiction and HIV/AIDS research and treatment in Turkey. She plans to continue working for the GIHHR until she graduates in the spring of 2019.

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Ciara Hoye
, Intern Coordinator

Ciara has been interning at the GIHHR since June of 2016. During her time at the GIHHR she has focused her research on HIV disclosure and HIV specific laws in the United States. In May of 2018 Ciara will be graduating from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a minor in Health and Human Rights. After graduating she intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in the field of maternal and child health.


Audrey Caplan
, Information Technology Assistant

Audrey has worked at the GIHHR since the summer of 2017. She is a senior Informatics major with a concentration in Interactive User Experience. Her primary role at the Institute has been reorganizing and maintaining the GIHHR website. She also assists in the technical administration of online learning platforms, managing social media, and designing promotional materials for the GIHHR. After graduation in the spring of 2018, she hopes to use the web development experience she has obtained to work with nonprofit human rights or animal rights organizations.