ADCFP Spotlight: Karisa Yamamoto & Rebecca Lerman

The Academic Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) provides dental students at UCSF the opportunity to explore academia through faculty mentorship and research- or education-based projects. Read what some of our students are working on below:

We are Karisa Yamamoto and Rebecca Lerman, third year dental students at UCSF. Since our first year of dental school, we have been working on our ADCFP Project with our mentors, Dr. Sophia Saeed and Dr. George W. Taylor. The goal of our project is to research the prevalence of depression amongst U.S. dental students and identify associated lifestyle characteristics present in dental school and the broader society. We hope to pinpoint ways we can integrate wellness into the dental school curriculum and learning environment, and provide accessible resources to support students’ mental health and well-being.