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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hwamee Oh, Ph.D.
Director of Imaging Research in the Memory and Aging Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Dr. Hwamee Oh is a cognitive neuroscientist studying cognitive and neural bases of human memory and how the memory system changes with aging and Alzheimer’s disease, with a special emphasis on preclinical older adults. Dr. Oh uses cognitive neuroscience/experimental methods and multimodal neuroimaging techniques combining functional, structural and diffusion MRI with amyloid and tau PET. Dr. Oh serves as the Director of Imaging Research in the MAP and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. She received her PhD in Biopsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the State University of New York - Stony Brook, in 2009. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship on the neuroscience of aging and Alzheimer’s disease at UC Berkeley, working with Dr. William Jagust. Prior to joining us, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Taub Institute at Columbia University from 2014-2017, and then Research Assistant Professor at SUNY- Stony Brook from 2017-2019. The overarching goal of Dr. Oh’s research is to understand neurocognitive underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease pathology and develop early behavioral and neuroimaging markers that help identify individuals at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
Louisa Thompson, Ph.D
Louisa Thompson, Ph.D, Research Scientist Dr. Thompson completed her PhD in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California San Diego with a focus on neuropsychological assessment of older adults. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Butler Hospital as part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.
Dr. Thompson conducts neuropsychological assessments with older adults in the memory clinic and serves as a cognitive rater and clinical trial coordinator. In collaboration with Drs. Stephen Salloway and Paul Malloy, she conducts research focused on Alzheimer’s prevention. Her particular interests include developing and testing new methods for identifying individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and improving screening methods for Alzheimer’s clinical trials.
Jessica Alber, PhD
Cognitive Neuroscientist, Butler Hospital Memory & Aging Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Dr. Alber completed her PhD in Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and her post-doctoral fellowship as part of the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and a cognitive neuroscientist at the Butler Hospital Memory and Aging Program. She has received numerous awards including the University of Edinburgh Principal’s Career Development Award and the University of Edinburgh Medal for Academic Distinction.
Dr. Alber spent the early years of her career conducting neuropsychological assessments in memory clinic and building a foundation in neurodegenerative disease research, with a focus on preclinical biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). During her post-doctoral fellowship, she studied under Dr. Stephen Salloway and Dr. Peter Snyder and developed expertise in AD clinical trials and biomarkers for the early detection of AD. She is currently engaged in research examining potential retinal biomarkers for the detection and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Other projects include examination of the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on long-term cognitive decline, and the effect of the APOE E4 gene on cognitive, lifestyle, and biomarker outcomes in preclinical AD. Dr. Alber has published extensively on the early detection and prevention of AD, and looks forward to expanding her burgeoning career in neurodegenerative disease research.
William Menard, BA
Bill earned a BA in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He joined the Memory and Aging Program team in 2014 as the research operations manager. He oversees the day to day functioning of the program and fosters a team approach to conducting research trials. Bill provides supervision and support for the staff, liaisons with study sponsors and clinical research organizations, and serves as a clinical and cognitive rater on many of the trials being conducted at the Memory and Aging Program. He is inspired by the hope and courage study participants and their families share as they journey through research trials.
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, 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.
Samuel Slezak, MS
Sam graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in exercise science. During his graduate education he coordinated research investigating methods of improving the health and longevity of older adults. His enjoyment of clinical research in this population led him to the Memory and Aging Program where he hopes to positively impact people lives throughout the aging process.
GinaMarie Tonini, MBA
Gina graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Salve Regina University. Before joining the Memory and Aging Program, Gina served as a clinician for an opioid treatment program assisting individuals with substance use disorders on their road to recovery. Gina is interested in psychiatric research, and looks forward to supporting patients and staff as a research assistant in the Memory and Aging Program. Additionally, Gina looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology in the future.
Jade Dandurand, BA
Jade graduated from Providence College in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Neuroscience Certificate. During her time there, she gained experience with clinical research populations and neuro-imaging, working with cognitive psychology labs and the Advanced Baby Imaging Lab as part of the New England Pediatric Institute of Neurodevelopment. During her research experience, she developed an interest in memory deficits and cognitive disorders, and is excited to be joining the Memory and Aging Program team. In the future, Jade hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical neuropsychology or behavioral neuroscience.
Maikerly Reyes, BS
Maikerly is a graduate from Brown University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. During her time there she was involved in research focusing on a novel type of retinal ganglion cell currently recognized as intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (iPRGCs) in mice. During her senior year she worked on an honors thesis devoted to the characterization of a new mouse line that could potentially lead to observing the pathway for the pupillary light reflex (PLR).
In addition to research, Maikerly was involved in music and co-founded a neo-soul, jazz, R&B band called KiwiiSour. Maikerly is interested in neurological disorders and looks forward to obtaining a medical degree with a specialty in neurology in the future. At the Memory and Aging Program she looks forward to contribute to ongoing Alzheimer’s research in the fight for slowing the progression of the disease and to better understand its development in patients.
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinators
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.
Athena Lavoie, BS
Athena is an Outreach Coordinator for the Memory and Aging Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University in Communications with a minor in Biology. Athena’s previous experience includes four years of Chamber of Commerce event management as well as experience in college admissions outreach. She looks forward to engaging the community in the events and research within the Memory and Aging program at Butler Hospital.
Sara Lapointe, BA
Sara is an outreach coordinator for the Memory and Aging Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology from UMass Amherst in May, 2016. Sara’s previous experience includes over two years of being a legislative aide to a state representative. In this role, Sara played a key role in the representative’s presence on social media networks, represented her at meetings and press briefings, drafted letters of support and press releases and planned events for constituent engagement in the community. Sara looks forward to educating and engaging the community in the events and research within the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital.
Brian Castelluccio Ph.D.
Dr. Castelluccio completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on neuropsychology at the University of Connecticut. There, he completed advanced training in the neurobiology of language and conducted research on the neural underpinnings of language deficits in neurodevelopmental disorders. He completed his predoctoral internship at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, where he received specialized training in neuropsychological assessment and conducted research on predictors of cognitive rehabilitation outcome.
Dr. Castelluccio is currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology at Butler Hospital. He primarily conducts neuropsychological assessments within Butler’s Senior Specialty Program, but also provides neuropsychological consultation for patients throughout the hospital. Dr. Castelluccio’s clinical and research interests center on the neuropsychology of neurodegenerative disorders, and he is excited to be a part of the Memory and Aging Program’s mission.
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, 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.