The Emotional PPE Project
Ariel Brown received her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the Boston School of Medicine in 2009 and then moved on to a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Following academia, she moved into the private sector specializing in medical writing for pharmaceutical companies, including Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Infinity Pharmaceuticals. In these positions, she wrote or managed the writing of clinical filings, studies, and laboratory protocols. She has since become the Senior Director of Medical Science at Sage Therapeutics but set aside enough time to also found the Emotional PPE Project in 2020.
Why They Made the Worthy 100: By founding the Emotional PPE Project, Brown has created an organization that helps medical professionals who’ve suffered lengthy trauma and emotional exhaustion during the pandemic. Healthcare professionals have been left reeling because of long work hours, understaffing, and a lack of proper personal protective equipment. The Emotional PPE Project gives these workers a resource they can call anytime for free. Using the Project’s directory, they can connect with a licensed mental health practitioner. The free treatment gives harried health workers a quick and easy path to treatment so they can keep treating us.