Meet The Team

SHIVEK NARANG

President & Founder

 

Shivek Narang is a high school junior passionate in intersection of cognitive science, medical anthropology, neuroscience, genetics, and computational biology with a specific focus on laboratory research. He loves learning about the human brain, especially in understanding the complexities of neurological diseases, and the changes that the teenage brain goes through during development. He is also fascinated with research and innovation aiming to provide solutions to the many problems faced by our society.

He founded ‘Our Teen Brains’, a platform for supporting mental health for Teens with the goal of spreading awareness about mental disorders, such as depression, which especially affect teenagers and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

KESHAV NARANG

Co-Founder, Technical Architect, Creative Designer

 
 
My name is Keshav Narang, and I am a sophomore in high school who strives to improve my communities by organizing activist movements and volunteering at non-profits. For OurTeenBrains, I have developed “Secrets of Teen Mental Health”, an informative app in a podcast-like format to explain how teenagers can maintain a positive headspace in a concise and straightforward manner. Currently, I am working on a research project that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to sense signs of teenage depression.

OUR ADVISORS

DR STEELE

Director and Board Member

Dr. Steele earned a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University in 2009. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in School Counseling and Guidance and the other in Secondary Teaching. While at Stanford, Dr. Steele supervised teachers participating in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Prior to entering the Stanford doctoral program, Dr. Steele held a variety of positions working with secondary students. She has worked as a teacher and/or director in South Africa, Venezuela, Russia, and the U.S. She is fluent in Spanish.

NUNTIYA SMITH

Director and Board Member

Mrs. Smith works at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and is the manager of the Young Scholars Ambassador Program, which is designed to “foster learning and civic engagement through community service, volunteerism and leadership in highly motivated and mature Young Scholars.” Mrs. Smith also serves as the main Advisor for the program, and is constantly inspired by these bright, motivated, and compassionate young people. She enjoys guiding them as they strive to reach their goals and make the world a better place.

DR. DELISLE

Director and Board Member

Jim Delisle has worked on behalf of gifted children and teens for more than three decades as both a teacher and counselor. Jim was a professor of education at Kent State University (Ohio) for 25 years and was selected by faculty and students there as a “Distinguished Professor”, the University’s most prestigious teaching award. The author of 25 books that have been published in multiple languages, Jim continues to consult with schools worldwide in an effort to increase awareness of the needs of gifted children and adults.