At YLabs we bring together the science of adolescent development, behavioral economics and human-centered design to build and test programs that can enhance the unique potential of adolescents. We founded YLabs in 2015 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We started as residents at the Harvard Innovation Lab and have grown into a team of researchers from the US, UK, Rwanda, Senegal, India, and Canada. If you want to join us as we build YLabs please look at our current opportunities and contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Rebecca Hope

Rebecca is an adolescent physician with ten years of experience designing programs for adolescents and has implemented programs in Africa and Asia. Previously, Rebecca was Technical Lead for's youth reproductive health program.

Shannon MILROY

Shannon is an economist, specializing in health policy, financing and economic evaluation. She currently works for the Ontario government implementing funding reform to support improved models of care for multiple chronic conditions.


Majdi Osman

Majdi is a physician and Visiting Faculty, Boston Children's Hospital.  He previously worked for the World Health Organization developing guidelines on increasing access for adolescents to sexual and reproductive health services. 

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Tiffany Chan

Tiffany is a doctoral candidate, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a focus on health management and policy. She led the launch of YBank in Rwanda and is working with YLabs on community-led innovations to improve the health of adolescent girls and women in Rwanda. 


Manasi is a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on trauma and mental health outcomes in post-war Liberia and Sierra Leone, and psychosocial interventions for HIV+ adolescents in Rwanda. 


Justin Healy

Justin is a physician from the UK and works with YBank on our design research. He led a study of the ethical implications of financial incentives for youth with HIV. He's currently working in Sierra Leone on Ebola control. He has a Master of Public Health, as a Kennedy Scholar from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



Andrew brings five years of experience as an educator and operations lead for schools, non-profits, and start-ups that are driven to improve educational opportunities for students. He most recently worked with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to advise and create online education platforms for California high school and community college students.



Nour is currently working in cancer control with Global Oncology and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She grew up in Senegal and Canada and received her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. 


Emily brings expertise in analytical methods for health systems strengthening, program evaluation and sustainable financing for health. She holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to starting her MPH, she was a high school biology teacher in Baltimore through Teach for America. 


Gatz Choi

Gatz is a designer, specializing in design for social impact. He trained at the ArtCenter College of Design, California. His previous design work includes designing a brand and health education and communications strategy for rural and urban youth and public and private sector providers in Kenya with and Marie Stopes Kenya.



Lindsay is an MPH student in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice at the University of Washington. She focuses on health equity and sexual and reproductive health. She previously worked to develop sexual and reproductive health education programs in West Africa.