Wendy Marie INGRAM

Founder and Director. Dragonfly Mental Health

Dr. Wendy Marie Ingram is a mental health medical informatics researcher at Geisinger Health and the co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Mental Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating excellent mental health among academics worldwide. Dr. Ingram also provides consulting services for mental and behavioral health companies. She is dedicated to (1) understanding the underlying biology of mental illness through research, and (2) dismantling the stigma against these illnesses through advocacy, education, and systemic change. 

Dr. Ingram completed a Psychiatric Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Mental Health Department in 2020. She specialized in Computational Biology and Medical Informatics and worked closely with clinicians at Geisinger and Johns Hopkins to ask high impact questions with translational implications.  Her research entailed using Electronic Health Records and genomics to better understand mental illnesses, their causes and treatments.

She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley where she worked jointly in the labs of Michael Eisen and Ellen Robey. Her thesis work focus was the fascinating brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. She employed neuroimmunological and behavioral methods to investigate how this parasite causes mice to lose their innate fear of cats.

As an undergraduate, she studied protein evolution in Matthew Cordes’​ Lab at the University of Arizona where she earned dual degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and in Psychology. She also spent a year studying neuropsychopharmachology in Amelia Gallitano’s Lab at the University of Arizona Medical School. 

Advocacy~

Dragonfly Mental Health:

https://elifesciences.org/interviews/49454377/wendy-marie-ingram

Do it yourself Grad Networks:

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/04/graduate-students-take-charge-mental-health-care

Science~

Electroconvulsive therapy:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/beyond-the-cuckoos-nest-the-quest-for-why-shock-therapy-can-work/

Toxoplasmosis:

Life as a researcher:

Humanity Against Disease Podcast – Part 1Humanity Against Disease Podcast – Part 2