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Stephen Salloway

Stephen P. 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 3 books on prevention and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. He is a global leader in research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Paul Malloy

Paul 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.

Neuropsychology

Athene Lee

Athene Lee, PhD Neuropsychologist
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 specific focus in neuropsychology and neuroimaging. She has considerable experience working with older adults with cognitive complaints. Dr. Lee 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. She is dedicated to early identification and intervention for cognitive decline. Dr. Lee grew up in Hong Kong and has spent time in the UK as well as parts of the US. When not at work, she is either enjoying her own eclectic culinary creation or exploring hiking trails throughout the New England region (or in countries on different continents).
Stephen Correia

Stephen Correia, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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.

Management

Bill Menard

William Menard, BA
Research Operations Manager

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
Nurse Coordinator

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.

Nursing

Leah-Murphy

Leah Murphy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Leah is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She received her BS in nursing from the University of Rhode Island in 2009, worked at the ICU at Newport Hospital from 2010-2013, and then received her MSN from Frontier Nursing University in 2015. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Program in March of 2016, Leah provided primary care for all ages for a local Community Action Program. She works in both our clinical and research programs.
Cheryl Kechichian

Cheryl Kechichian, RN
Nurse Coordinator

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.
Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy, BA, RN
Nurse Coordinator

Sarah is a research nurse coordinator who joined the Memory & Aging Program in January 2015. She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology that was first put to use in a group home for teenagers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After a 10 year career in software customer service and marketing, and returning to her home state of Massachusetts, Sarah set out to answer a calling by obtaining a Registered Nursing degree from Bristol Community College. From there, she enjoyed nursing at Southcoast Hospital Group’s Charlton and St. Luke’s Hospitals in medical-surgical, telemetry, and intensive care settings. With an affinity for working with the older adult population and a genuine interest in memory and health, Sarah is thrilled to be collaborating with the wonderful staff and patient population at the Memory & Aging Program.
Denise Jerue

Denise Jerue, RN, BSN
Nurse Coordinator

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
Research Project Coordinator

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.
Alexandra Morena

Alex Morena, BA
Clinical Research Assistant

Alex graduated from Stonehill College and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. She has been a research volunteer since 2015 while doing psychosis research under Dr. Brandon Gaudiano in Psychosocial. She officially joined the Memory & Aging Program in June 2016. Her role as research assistant includes interacting with both patients and staff in a multitude of capacities. Her favorite part about being a clinical research assistant is the exposure she has to important clinical trials and neuroimaging studies. Alex’s aspirations include pursuing a PhD. in neuropsychology and continued study of cognitive functioning in severe mental illness and neuroimaging analysis.
Tara Tang

Tara Tang, BA
Coordinator for Outreach & Patient Recruitment

Tara joins the Memory & Aging Program as their Outreach Coordinator. She has previous advertising and branding experience in Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA with clients in the health care, food and beverage and hospitality fields. In addition, she has several years of experience creating patient recruitment tools and educating private medical practices about the clinical trial process. Tara received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in Spanish with an international communications concentration. As a former bilingual elementary teacher in Texas, she looks forward to helping educate and build bridges with Hispanic and other community groups regarding the clinical trials the Memory & Aging Program has to offer. Away from work, Tara enjoys her family, cooking and competitive dragon boat racing.
Amanda Spearman

Amanda Spearman, BA
Clinical Research Assistant

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.
Ashley Schomer

Ashley Schomer, BS
Research Coordinator

Ashley graduated with a B.S. in neuroscience from Brown University. She has been involved in clinical trials research for 5 years, working with intensive care unit patients at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to Providence to work at the Memory and Aging Program.

Trainees

Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth R.T. Hartman, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow in Geriatric Neuropsychology

Dr. Hartman completed her PhD in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, at Loyola University in Chicago. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in geriatric neuropsychology at Butler Hospital as part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. She sees patients in the Memory and Aging Program for neuropsychological assessment and is also a cognitive rater in studies for patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Hartman has taken a position as an adult neuropsychologist at NorthShore University Health System in the Chicagoland area beginning in September 2016.
Jessica Alber

Jessica Alber, PhD
Post-doctoral research fellow in Neuropsychology

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.

Regulatory

Erin Poyant

Erin Poyant
Senior Administrative Coordinator

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
Administrative Coordinator

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.

Administrators

Dee Moniz

Dee M. Moniz
Clinical Secretary II

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
Administrative Coordinator

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
Administrative Office Coordinator

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.

Laboratory

Diane Charpentier

Diane Charpentier
Research Lab Technician

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
Research Lab Technician

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

Petra Klinge, MD

Dr. 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.
Susan Weinman

Susan Weinman, MD

Dr. Weinman received her medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center College of Medicine, and completed her residency in neurology and her fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Weinman is a staff neurologist at Butler Hospital and an employee of MedOptions. Dr. Weinman performs lumbar punctures as a part of the DIAN-TU clinical trial at the Memory & Aging Program.
Victoria Chang
Victoria Chang, MD
Dr. 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. 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 Asaadr
Wael Asaad, MD
Dr. 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.
Benjamin Margolis

Benjamin Margolis, MD

Dr. Margolis received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a combined residency in neurology and psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Margolis is an investigator involved in many of the research trials in the Memory & Aging Program.
Wendy Fennelly
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.
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