Marya Levintova received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Redlands after her family immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University, where during her studies she worked in variety of clinical settings with neurological and psychiatric patients. Since completing her doctorate, Dr. Levintova studied the impact of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer on functional outcomes at the University of Hawaii (UH). After a short tenure at UH, Dr. Levintova accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she began to delve more specifically into the Russian demographic and health situation. Specifically, Dr. Levintova analyzed the impact of various health determinants on non-communicable diseases in the Russian Federation, in addition to examining the effect of health and related policies. Currently, Dr. Levintova is a Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, Alcohol Research Group where she is conducting an analysis of Russian Federation alcohol policies. In addition, she holds a Specialist position at the University of California San Francisco, Institute for Global Health, where she has been a Co-Principal investigator on a research study with scientists from the Republic of Georgia, and managed a World Bank consulting project of monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the Central Asian Republics. During her Fulbright Dr. Levintova will continue to examine health and related policies in the Russian Federation through a close partnership with the Russian Public Health Association led by a former Fulbrigher (Professor Andrey Demin). It is the hope of Dr. Levintova and her colleagues that their efforts into policy analysis will have an impact, even though if it is a small one, on the dire mortality situation that unfolded in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.