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Memory and Aging Team
Stephen Salloway, MD, MS
Stephen Salloway, MD, MS

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry,
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director, Memory and Aging Program

Dr. Salloway received his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School. He completed residencies in neurology and psychiatry at Yale University Medical School. He has authored over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts and edited three books on prevention and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. He is a global leader in research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

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Paul F. Malloy, PhD
Paul F. Malloy, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry,
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director of Psychology, Butler Hospital
Co-Director, Memory and Aging Program

Dr. Malloy is a leading expert on neuroimaging and cognitive testing in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease, frontal lobe dysfunction, and behavior disorders in the elderly. He serves as a consultant with NIH committees and pharmaceutical companies on the implementation of clinical trials for memory and neurobehavioral disorders.

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Stephen Correia, PhD
Stephen Correia, PhD

Dr. Correia is a research neuropsychologist with interest in brain imaging analysis, particularly the impact of dementia and other disorders on cerebral white matter. Dr. Correia’s clinical appointment is at the Providence VA Medical Center. He conducts neuroimaging research in collaboration with the Memory and Aging Program. Dr. Correia completed postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Drs. Malloy and Salloway and has a long history of research collaboration with them. He is also the coordinator of Brown University’s Clinical Neuropsychology Internship Training Track.

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Athene Lee
Athene Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Clinical), Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Lee is a licensed neuropsychologist at the Memory and Aging Program. Her doctoral degree is in clinical psychology and neuropsychology from Suffolk University in Boston. She completed her residency and fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with a specific focus in neuropsychology and neuroimaging. Dr. Lee is dedicated to early identification and intervention for cognitive decline, and has considerable experience working with older adults with cognitive complaints. She collaborates on neuroimaging research and clinical trials for a range of memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. She also conducts clinical neuropsychological evaluations for patients referred by geriatricians, neurologists, and primary care physicians.


Bill Menard
William Menard, BA

Bill graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in psychology. He joined Butler Hospital in 2000, conducting body image research through 2010. He returned to Butler and joined the Memory and Aging Program in September, 2014 as the research operations manager. He oversees the day to day functioning of the program and provides supervision and support for the staff.

Diane Monast
Diane Monast, RN, MSN, CNS

Diane is a clinical nurse specialist with a background in psychiatric nursing who has been practicing for 39 years. She has extensive background in geriatrics, mental health nursing, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical care and research. Diane has been the Memory and Aging Program nurse coordinator for 19 years. In addition to being lead coordinator on several research projects, Diane provides patient care, disease education and support, and coordinates clinic referrals.


Brittany Dawson
Brittany Dawson, MS, FNP-BC

Brittany is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of Virginia and her MS-FNP from Georgetown University. She worked as a maternity nurse at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital from 2010 to 2015 while pursuing her degree. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Program, Brittany worked at an outpatient neurology practice in Rhode Island, where she was practicing as a family NP and provided care for patients with a wide range of neurological disorders. She works in both our clinical and research programs.

Sarah Larson
Sarah Larson, RN, BSN

Sarah is the newest research nurse coordinator in the Memory and Aging Program. She received her BSN from University of Rhode Island and her Masters in Health Education from Rhode Island College. She joined Butler hospital in 2004 as a staff nurse and then later transitioned to her most recent role as Nurse Manager of Delmonico 3. She is excited to transition to the Memory and Aging Program where she can have more patient contact and contribute to our important mission.

Cheryl Kechichian
Cheryl Kechichian, RN

Cheryl has been with the Memory & Aging Program as a nurse coordinator since 2007. Previously, she worked as an RN in a variety of settings including hospitals, community centers, home care, and long term care. After diversifying her career and trying different nursing domains, she realized that working with adults and elders with memory issues was her calling. She has been involved with a wide range of clinical trials during her tenure with the program.

Denise Jerue
Denise Jerue, RN, BSN

A 1985 graduate of Northeastern University, Denise has over 30 years of nursing experience in the areas of ICU, pediatrics, home health care, and adult mental health. Denise co-ordinates, manages and recruits Alzheimer’s patients in the clinical trials at the Memory and Aging Program, and is the nurse in charge of our infusion suite.

Research Coordinators

Courtney Bodge
Courtney Bodge, PhD

Courtney completed her PhD in neuroscience, focusing on early injury to the developing brain. She is especially interested in differences in both the degree of injury and the long-term developmental outcome between males and females when early injury occurs. After graduate school, Courtney explored bench work research opportunities in this area, but found herself wanting more connection with people. Though aging and dementia is at the opposite end of our life cycle, she now greatly enjoys working with the patients at the Memory and Aging Program – especially the DIAN families who have given so much of their time to help research for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Nasima Afsari, MBBS, MPH

Dr. Afsari has joined Memory and Aging Program as a Research Project Manager where she will oversee and lead the coordination of multiple clinical trials. Dr. Afsari graduated from the Sher-E-Bangla Medical College in Bangladesh with a Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) degree. She has also received a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University in 2016.

Previously, Dr. Afsari was the Research Director for the MS Patient Centered Specialty Home and Director of Population Health at the Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. She served as the center’s primary coordinator of infusion therapies for MS patients and has managed treatment plans for 200+ patients providing educational, research and clinical support. In the late nineties, Dr. Afsari served as the Organizing Secretary of the International Women’s NGO (SMP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During this period she managed major research projects on "The Role of Women in Non-traditional Sectors" and “The Child Labor”.

Olivia King, ScM

Olivia serves as a clinical research assistant, working with patients and staff to coordinate trials. She graduated from Brown University with a Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2017, following a Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Connecticut with a focus on neurology. Combining a love of human biology with personal care led her to clinical research and away from the bench, and particularly sparked an interest in nutrition and behavioral science. She enjoys making a direct impact on patient lives.

Amanda Spearman
Amanda Spearman, BA

Amanda graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and joined the Memory and Aging Program as a research assistant in the summer of 2014. She works in a supportive role throughout the clinic, and works closely with patients as well as other staff members in a multitude of areas. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with and getting to know our patients. Amanda hopes to return to school in the next few years and pursue an advanced degree in a related area.

Rachel Warshaw
Rachel Warshaw, BA

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. While there she was heavily involved in research pertaining to the speech patterns of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Based on her research and volunteer and clinical experiences, Rachel developed a very strong interest in psychiatric and neurological research and is excited for her new role in the Memory and Aging Program. In the future Rachel hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology or medicine.

Tara Tang
Tara Tang, BA

Tara is the Outreach Coordinator for the Memory and Aging Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in Spanish with an international communications concentration. With previous experience in patient recruitment, advertising and as a former bilingual teacher, she looks forward to educating and sharing what the Memory and Aging Program has to offer the diverse communities in Southern New England.

Marycia Malloy
Marycia Malloy

Marycia graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Physical Therapy. She has always had an interest in working with people who have neurological diagnoses and the elderly. She particularly enjoys interacting with the patients and is inspired by each of them.


Meghan Collier
Meghan Collier, PhD

Dr. Collier completed her PhD in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological evaluations with patients in behavioral neurology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in geriatric neuropsychology at Butler Hospital as part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, and conducts neuropsychological evaluations with inpatients in the Senior Specialty Unit and outpatients in the Memory and Aging Program.

Jessica Alber
Jessica Alber, PhD

Dr. Alber completed her PhD in human cognitive neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh in June 2015 and joined the Memory and Aging Program in September 2015 as a post-doctoral research fellow as a part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Dr. Alber has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with older adults in memory clinic, and serves as a cognitive rater across many of the clinical trials at the Memory and Aging Program and as study coordinator. She conducts research focused on Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment in collaboration with Drs. Salloway and Malloy, and Dr. Peter Snyder at the Lifespan Clinical Research Center in Providence.

Danielle Goldfarb, MD

Dr. Goldfarb is a Research Fellow in neurodegenerative diseases where she is assists on various clinical trials. Dr. Goldfarb received her medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix and completed a combined neurology and psychiatry residency at Brown University in 2017. She also conducts research with Dr. Peter Snyder at the Lifespan Clinical Research Center. Prior to and during medical school, she was involved in clinical research and dementia care services at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.


Erin Poyant
Erin Poyant

Erin began her career with the Memory and Aging Program in March 2012 as a research project coordinator. Since then, her role has expanded to heading the program’s regulatory department and overseeing the laboratory.

Joslynn Faustino
Joslynn Faustino, PhD

Joslynn joined the staff at the Memory and Aging Program in 2015. As a regulatory coordinator, she implements and coordinates study specific regulatory documentation of active clinical trials and new start-up trials. Prior to working in regulatory she studied molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Vivian Ramos
Vivian Ramos

Vivian graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Organizational Studies. She plays an important role as a Research Accounting Clerk managing the behind-the-scenes finances of the research done at the Memory and Aging Program.


Dee Moniz
Dee M. Moniz

Dee joined the staff at Butler Hospital in 2007, supporting several programs including the Body Image Program, Child and Adolescent Services, and the Butler Hospital Foundation and Philanthropy departments before joining the Memory and Aging Program in 2014. After attending Bryant College for marketing and management, Dee gained over 20 years of office experience from both public and private institutions. She has served on Butler Hospital’s Staff Engagement and Hospital Week Committees.

Sherri Palumbo
Sherri Palumbo

Sherri started working at Butler Hospital in 2008 as a unit secretary on the inpatient unit. She joined the Memory and Aging Program in 2014. Sherri initiated and manages the Butler Employee Wellness Room, a relaxing break space for employees that encourages stress management and workplace wellness.

Ann Marie Ferrer
Ann Marie Ferrer

Ann Marie graduated from Bryant College with an associate’s degree in medical secretary sciences. She has been working at Butler Hospital for 33 years, the last 21 supporting Dr. Kenneth Rickler. Following his recent retirement, she will now support Dr. Benjamin Margolis, as well as continuing to work in the Memory & Aging Program.


Diane Charpentier
Diane Charpentier

Diane graduated Rhode Island Hospital School for Laboratory Technicians and worked for Quest Diagnostics for 39 years (25 at Butler Hospital). A month after taking early retirement from Quest, Diane received a call from Dr. Salloway asking her to be a part of the Memory and Aging Program. She draws blood and performs the EKGs for various clinical trials and assists nurses in medication management, as well as keeping an inventory of lab kits and supplies. Diane also assists nurses and other staff with any necessary paperwork.

Cecelia Bouffard
Cecelia Bouffard

Cecelia has been working as phlebotomist for 30 years and has been with the Memory and Aging Program since 2014. She is responsible for drawing blood, performing EKGs and assisting patients during research visits. She enjoys talking with study participants and sharing stories about her two grandchildren.

Associated Physicians and Physician’s Assistants

Ghulam Surti
Ghulam Surti, MD

Dr. Ghulam Surti graduated from Dow Medical School in Karachi, Pakistan and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is also a graduate of the Brown University Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. In addition to being active in all levels of training at Brown University, Dr. Surti specializes in geriatric psychiatry and serves as the principal investigator on the program’s DIAN-TU study.

Petra Klinge, MD

Dr. Petra Klinge is an internationally renowned general neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of patients with brain tumors, hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s disease. She is also involved in the treatment of congenital diseases, such as Chiari and spinal malformations. She received her medical degree from the University of Kiel in 1993 and completed her neurosurgical residency and Hannover Medical School in Germany in 2002. Dr. Klinge is the Director of the Hydrocephalus Center at Rhode Island Hospital and she collaborates with the Memory & Aging Program on studies related to the diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Alvaro Olivares
Alvaro Olivares, MD

Dr. Alvaro Olivares graduated from the Universidad del Norte Faculty of Medicine in Barranquilla, Colombia and completed his residency at Butler Hospital. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who serves as the unit chief in psychiatry at Butler Hospital and hosts a weekly Spanish radio program, “Mental Health with Dr. Olivares.” Dr. Olivares conducts assessments in Spanish for the program’s A4 study.

Victoria Chang
Victoria Chang, MD

Dr. Victoria Chang received her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed her residency in neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as a fellowship in movement disorders at Columbia University. Dr. Chang is an investigator in charge of programming for the deep brain stimulation (DBS) clinical trial at the Memory & Aging Program.

Umer Akbar
Umer Akbar, MD

Dr. Umer Akbar received his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas. He completed his residency in neurology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Florida. He is an investigator involved in programming for the deep brain stimulation (DBS) clinical trial in the Memory & Aging Program.

Wael Asaad, MD, PhD

Dr. Wael Asaad earned a PhD. in systems neuroscience from MIT, followed by an MD from Yale University. He completed a surgery internship and neurosurgical residency and fellowship in functional neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University. Dr. Asaad has a special interest in functional neurosurgery and is in charge of surgical treatment for the deep brain stimulation (DBS) clinical trial at the Memory & Aging Program.

Wendy Fennelly, BS, MPAS

Wendy received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut and her physician’s assistant degree from George Washington University. Wendy performs physical/neurological exams for several of the clinical trials in the Memory & Aging Program.