Research Team

Directors
Mary Sano, PhD
Director

Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD
Associate Director

Patrick R. Hof, MD
Associate Director

Geriatric Psychiatrists
Hillel Grossman, MD
Deborah Marin, MD
Judith Neugroschl, MD

Psychologists
Michal Beeri, PhD
Karen Dahlman, PhD
Jane Martin, PhD
Effie M. Mitsis, PhD
Margaret Sewell, PhD

Geriatricians
Patricia Bloom, MD
Cathryn Devons, MD

Neurologists
Greg Elder, MD

Pathologists
Dushyant Purohit, MD

Research Scientists
Joseph Buxbaum, PhD
Dara Dickstein, PhD
Anastasios Georgakopoulos, PhD
Vahram Haroutunian, PhD
Patrick Hof, MD
John Morrison, PhD
Giulio Maria Pasinetti, PhD
Nikolaos Robakis, PhD
Jeremy Silverman, PhD
Cheuk Tang, PhD

Social Workers

Elizabeth Fine, MSW, LCSW
Elizabeth Fine has been working with Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers at Icahn School of Medicine for more than 20 years. She is currently on staff in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry. Ms. Fine was the first to provide an early-stage Alzheimer's support group in New York, which she continues to run. Ms. Fine also gives lectures to health care professionals and the lay public on Alzheimer's disease and has authored numerous articles on this subject.

Ella Jolly, MSW, LCSW
Ella Jolly works in the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry. She received her master's degree in social work from New York University in 1993. Ms. Jolly worked in inpatient geriatric psychiatry before coming to the outpatient psychiatry clinic in 1996. She provides initial evaluations as well as psychotherapy for individuals and families, and is a group facilitator for patients with depression, memory disorders, anxiety, and bereavement. Ms. Jolly provides supervision and training for medical students and psychiatric residents, and lectures in the Department of Psychiatry and in the community on the subjects of psychotherapy for older adults, depression, grief, and caregiver stress. Ms. Jolly maintains a private practice in Manhattan.

Administrators

Amanda Burden, BA
Amanda Burden has been with the team since 2008, first as a clinical research coordinator and currently as Administrator for the Research Center, overseeing operations, staffing and grant applications. Ms. Burden received her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and completed a post-BA NIMH START-MH fellowship in aging and mental health at UC-San Francisco.

Julia Diaz
Julia Diaz, Clinic Coordinator, has been at Mount Sinai since 1992. Her main responsibilities include all administrative duties related to the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic.

Data Managers

Jimmy Akrivos, MA
Mr. Akrivos is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical/Translational Research program at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine. He joined the ADRC in October 2010 from Dr Haroutunian’s Program Project Grant where he worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2007. Currently, he is a Data Manager for the national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC), under the supervision of Dr Xiaodong Luo. His responsibilities include data storage, cataloguing and tracking and maintaining a smooth channel of data submission and data checking for the NACC. In addition, he conducts neuropsychological testing and serves as coordinator for other clinical trials at our center.

Xiaodong Luo, PhD
James Schmeidler, PhD
Tom Volker, MA

Research Coordinators

Lara Akinleye, BA
Lara Akinleye graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Community Health and Child Development and has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ADRC since July of 2013. Ms. Akinleye currently recruits and administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC). She is also the coordinator of the Brain Tissue Donation Program.

Emily Exter, BA
Emily Exter, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with a degree in psychology and biology. She first got involved with Alzheimer's research by working with a research group in Seattle, WA. After working in a neuroscience lab as part of the ADRC summer internship program, Ms. Exter became a clinical research coordinator in September of 2012. She is currently working on the clinical trial of Pinitol and conducting memory evaluations at the Bronx VA Hospital.

Chris Van Hise, BA
Chris Van Hise graduated in 2011 from Wheaton College with a degree in Psychology and completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Columbia University in 2013. He joined the ADRC in June 2013 where he currently coordinates the "Markers of Transition to Alzheimer's Disease in Veterans with MCI" study. In his role as Clinical Research Coordinator, Mr. Van Hise heads recruitment initiatives and conducts neuropsychological testing for the study.

Sabrina Lopez, BA
Sabrina Lopez graduated from Barnard College with a BA degree in Psychology and has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ADRC since June of 2010. She serves as the primary coordinator for the Concert core Study and extension study Concert Plus, which examine the interaction of Dimebon and donepezil on function and growth of brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases such as AD. She also administers neuropsychological testing in English and Spanish for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC).

Jaclyn Pierce, BA
Jaclyn Pierce graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, and French. She has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ADRC since August 2013. Ms. Pierce currently serves as coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI2) and administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC).

Kelly Pun, BA
Kelly Pun graduated from New York University in 2013 with a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. Through her concentration entitled, “The Biopsychosocial Approach to Medicine,” she studied psychology and sociology in relation to the biological sciences. Ms. Pun has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator since June of 2013 and currently recruits and administers neuropsychological testing for the national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC). In addition, she serves as a coordinator on the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative-2 (ADNI-2) study and the Memory and Aging (MAC) diagnostic program.

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: October 29, 2013


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