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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, Director of Research, Memory & Aging Program; Director of Psychology
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. 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. 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. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley, was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Taub Institute at Columbia University and a Research Assistant Professor at SUNY- Stony Brook.
Louisa Thompson, Ph.D
Research scientist in the Memory and Aging Program; Instructor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Dr. Thompson is a licensed neuropsychologist and research scientist at the Memory and Aging program. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She completed her residency training at the University of California San Diego with a focus on older adults, and then came to the Memory and Aging Program to complete her fellowship 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 the lead psychologist on the Atlas of Retinal Imaging Study. She also conducts research focused on Alzheimer's early detection and prevention. Her particular interests include evaluating novel technologies and 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.
Melanie Faust, APRN, FNP-C
Melanie is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and social science from Providence College, and her registered nurse and nurse practitioner degrees from University of Massachusetts Medical School. She previously worked in neurology and neuropsychology research in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, and childhood oncology. Her history in AD research includes two years as a research coordinator for the Memory and Aging Program here at Butler Hospital. She has also worked as a nurse in a subacute and long term care rehabilitation unit. Melanie transitioned back to the Memory and Aging Program in 2019 as a clinician, and works in both our research and clinical programs.
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.
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.
Lisa Williams, BSN
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988 from the University of Rhode Island, Lisa has over 28 years nursing experience in the areas of oncology, infusion therapies, and home care; specializing in home infusion therapies. Prior to joining the memory and aging program, Lisa worked as a nurse manager for the Visiting Nurse Services of Rhode Island and was the general manager and nurse manager for Optioncare for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience in IV insertion and medication administration. Lisa joins us as a research nurse coordinator – infusion specialist. She will perform infusions and oversee the infusion suite, help with intakes, registry screens and patient care. She will also work as a study coordinator on a future study. She is excited to transition to the Memory and Aging Program where she can have more patient contact and be part of the MAP team on the forefront of research and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Vanessa Rua, RN, BSN
Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhode Island College. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Program, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse in the acute medical-psychiatric unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She joined the Memory and Aging Program as a research nurse coordinator in November 2017. In addition to coordinating clinical research trials, Vanessa also provides direct patient care in our clinic, assisting with intakes and new patient evaluations. Vanessa has a passion for health care and enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families.
Courtney Bodge, PhD
Courtney is a research project manager with the Memory and Aging Program. She 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bryanne Peets, BS
Bryanne received her Bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Stonehill College, where she first became interested in memory research while volunteering at the Boston VA Healthcare System. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant with a focus on administering neuropsychological assessments to stroke and dementia patients. Bryanne then joined the Memory and Aging Program in September 2019 as a research coordinator and works primarily as a clinical and cognitive rater on many of the trials. She enjoys working with and getting to know the participants and their families, and admires their dedication in contributing to Alzheimer's research.
Shanti Mechery, BA
Shanti graduated from Brown University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. During her time there, she assistated with research at Brown’s Center for Biomedical Informatics where she conducted various data science analyses. She also volunteered at Butler Hospital’s Psychosocial Research Department where she was first introduced to clinical reseach and working with clinical populations. Shanti is excited to join the Memory and Aging program and to use her technical skills for Alzheimer’s research. In the future, she hopes to continue working at the intersection of data science and clinical research and to serve clinical populations.
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.
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.
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.
Sheri joined the Butler Hospital staff in January 2017 after over 15 years with the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of Brown University, primarily supporting the former chairman of the department. She is looking forward to her transition to the Memory and Aging Program working in support of Dr. Salloway and his dedicated team, and is thrilled to be staying on the beautiful Butler campus.
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 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.
Associated Physicians and Physician’s Assistants
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
Amy F. Snyder, PA-C
Amy is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She received her BA in Biology and Art from Skidmore College and went on to work in the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience at the University of Florida coordinating a longitudinal imaging study investigating patients with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Systems Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and Essential Tremor. While working in the lab, Amy received her MS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. She moved to Providence, RI in 2015 to attend the Johnson and Wales PA program, and became a licensed PA-C in 2017. She works in both our clinical and research programs.
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.