Haniya Syeda is a first generation Pakistani immigrant and American Muslim passionate about the intersection of innovation, social impact, and community health. Born and raised in Boston to a struggling working class family of nine, Haniya witnessed the impact social and economic injustice has on the health and mental well-being of families in vulnerable communities. With a background in applied research, Haniya is committed to addressing health disparities and improving mental health among underserved immigrant communities and in global communities. Haniya attended Boston University for her undergraduate studies where she studied Health Science. During her studies, Haniya gained experience in health policy research, and non-prot operations working with organizations on local and global education and health initiatives. She went on to earn her Masters in Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health where she learned how to conduct public health research and create data-driven programs to serve communities.
She currently works at the Boston Medical Center as a Research Project Manager in the Department of Psychiatry managing a multisite national project to study methods of treatment delivery for children with elevated anxiety in low-income minority communities. From researching and campaigning for single payer health care to managing one of the largest studies of the treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents to date, Haniya aims to continue using data-driven impactful approaches to address socio-economic inequalities and promote health equity. She hopes to continue working closely with vulnerable communities to ensure they receive culturally-informed mental health care, to advocate for them, and to empower them.