Team

Maria Pascale

FOUNDER

Maria studies physics at Cambridge in the UK and hopes to specialise in neuroscience in the future. In high school she became aware of the lack of dialogue about mental health in Romania, and ever since she had wished to contribute to creating an environment which is more open to accepting and solving mental health issues.

Dan Mirea

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Dan graduated from Cambridge in 2019, then worked for almost 2 years in psychiatric research, and is now starting a PhD in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University. His main research interest is understanding the cognitive mechanisms underlying mental health problems. Through his activity, Dan wishes, first and foremost, to help people better understand their own mental health and have better access to sources of help and, second, to address the shortcomings in the field of mental health research in Romania.

Larisa Dinu

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Larisa’s background and training is in Psychology. Following her BSc in Psychology, Larisa completed a Master’s in Psychiatric Research at King’s College London. With more than three years of experience in psychiatric research in London, Larisa has recently started her interdisciplinary doctoral degree in psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London and University College London. Larisa wishes to contribute to a better understanding of mental health difficulties and take an active role in developing psychological and neuroscience research in Romania.

Maria Martinuț

LEGAL OFFICER

Maria finished her LLM studies in Human Rights Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is interested in exploring the relationship between mental health and the rights of those dealing with psychological and psychiatric disorders. She believes that there is a pressing need to shift the perception of the Romanian society towards a more inclusive view on mental health by normalising the dialogue on this matter and promoting a unified understanding of health.

Roxana Solnită

PR COORDINATOR

Roxana studies Translation and Terminology at the University of Craiova, and is also passionate about psychology. She joined the project because she believes the lack of information is the main cause for the existence of stigma surrounding people with mental disorders, and because she wants to contribute to creating a society where people could empathise more with those with a diagnosis.

Diana Baciu

FUNDING COORDINATOR

Diana studied law at Babeș-Bolyai University în Cluj-Napoca. She believes that law is a dynamic field, and her interests centre around the role played by civil society members in the process of applying legal norms. At Mental Health for Romania, her main activity is securing necessary funds for continuing and improving our work.

Andreea Goia

RESEARCH

Andreea is a 12th-grade high school student at the International Computer-Science High School of Bucharest. Andreea has a strong interest in science – she has been studying physics since 6th grade, and during high school she also developed an interest in neuroscience and psychology. She dreams of combining her interdisciplinary interests as a future medicine student. The decision to volunteer at Mental Health for Romania was influenced by her past experiences with contests and olympiads, as she wanted to help others who are going through difficult periods due to academic pressure.

Irina Ioniță

EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Irina is enrolled in two Master’s in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Studies, at the University of Bucharest. In the future, she wants to become a psychotherapist as well as an organisational psychologist, helping groups develop and work together. Irina is passionate about theatre, comedy and working with children. She joined MHR because she wants to bring a change to the way mental health is perceived in Romania, being a strong believer that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Bianca Boancă

SECRETARY

Bianca studies psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, at the University of Bucharest. She chose psychology out of curiosity and a desire to find out what goes on inside our heads. She joined the Mental Health for Romania team because she wants to help as many people as possible to understand the importance of mental health, a topic still treated superficially in our society. In the future she wants to work with children with special educational needs.

Alessia Achim

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Alessia is currently a 12th-grade high school student in Sibiu and is applying to study architecture abroad. She joined the Mental Health for Romania initiative because, having had lived experiences with eating disorders and depression, she wanted to directly help raise awareness of mental health issues and popularise existing options for getting help among people in Romania.

Andrei Stamate

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Andrei studies communication and public relations at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication within the University of Bucharest, and spends most of his free time cultivating his interest in graphic design. He joined “Mental Health for Romania ” as he wants to help build up this community in which people can talk freely about their problems.

Maria Pascale

FOUNDER

Maria studies physics at Cambridge in the UK and hopes to specialise in neuroscience in the future. In high school she became aware of the lack of dialogue about mental health in Romania, and ever since she had wished to contribute to creating an environment which is more open to accepting and solving mental health issues.
Dan Mirea

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Dan graduated from Cambridge in 2019, then worked for almost 2 years in psychiatric research, and is now starting a PhD in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University. His main research interest is understanding the cognitive mechanisms underlying mental health problems. Through his activity, Dan wishes, first and foremost, to help people better understand their own mental health and have better access to sources of help and, second, to address the shortcomings in the field of mental health research in Romania.
Larisa Dinu

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Larisa’s background and training is in Psychology. Following her BSc in Psychology, Larisa completed a Master’s in Psychiatric Research at King’s College London. With more than three years of experience in psychiatric research in London, Larisa has recently started her interdisciplinary doctoral degree in psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London and University College London. Larisa wishes to contribute to a better understanding of mental health difficulties and take an active role in developing psychological and neuroscience research in Romania.
Maria Martinuț

LEGAL OFFICER

Maria finished her LLM studies in Human Rights Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is interested in exploring the relationship between mental health and the rights of those dealing with psychological and psychiatric disorders. She believes that there is a pressing need to shift the perception of the Romanian society towards a more inclusive view on mental health by normalising the dialogue on this matter and promoting a unified understanding of health.
Roxana Solniță

pr COORDINATOR

Roxana studies Translation and Terminology at the University of Craiova, and is also passionate about psychology. She joined the project because she believes the lack of information is the main cause for the existence of stigma surrounding people with mental disorders, and because she wants to contribute to creating a society where people could emphasise more with those with a diagnosis.
Diana Baciu

FUNDING COORDINATOR

Diana studied law at Babeș-Bolyai University în Cluj-Napoca. She believes that law is a dynamic field, and her interests centre around the role played by civil society members in the process of applying legal norms. At Mental Health for Romania, her main activity is securing necessary funds for continuing and improving our work.
Andreea Goia

RESEARCH

Andreea is a 12th-grade high school student at the International Computer-Science High School of Bucharest. Andreea has a strong interest in science - she has been studying physics since 6th grade, and during high school she also developed an interest in neuroscience and psychology. She dreams of combining her interdisciplinary interests as a future medicine student. The decision to volunteer at Mental Health for Romania was influenced by her past experiences with contests and olympiads, as she wanted to help others who are going through difficult periods due to academic pressure.
Irina Ioniță

EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

Irina is enrolled in two Master’s in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Studies, at the University of Bucharest. In the future, she wants to become a psychotherapist as well as an organisational psychologist, helping groups develop and work together. Irina is passionate about theatre, comedy and working with children. She joined MHR because she wants to bring a change to the way mental health is perceived in Romania, being a strong believer that mental health is just as important as physical health.
Bianca Boancă

SECRETARY

Bianca studies psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, at the University of Bucharest. She chose psychology out of curiosity and a desire to find out what goes on inside our heads. She joined the Mental Health for Romania team because she wants to help as many people as possible to understand the importance of mental health, a topic still treated superficially in our society. In the future she wants to work with children with special educational needs.
Alessia Achim

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Alessia is currently a 12th-grade high school student in Sibiu and is applying to study architecture abroad. She joined the Mental Health for Romania initiative because, having had lived experiences with eating disorders and depression, she wanted to directly help raise awareness of mental health issues and popularise existing options for getting help among people in Romania.
Andrei Stamate

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Andrei studies communication and public relations at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication within the University of Bucharest, and spends most of his free time cultivating his interest in graphic design. He joined "Mental Health for Romania '' as he wants to help build up this community in which people can talk freely about their problems.
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