The interdisciplinary staff at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center contributes immeasurably to the successful operations of our health care services and clinical research.
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in neuroscience, Mr. Kinsella worked as a Clinical Research Associate with an oncology research group at Case Western Reserve University. He subsequently worked as a research manager in the Behavioral Medicine Division at Columbia University Medical Center. He currently serves as administrator for the Research Center, overseeing operations, staffing and grant applications.
Jimmy Akrivos, MA
A doctoral candidate in the clinical/translational research program, Mr. Akrivos joined the ADRC in October 2010 from Dr. Haroutunian’s Program Project Grant where he had 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.
Allison Ardolino, MA
After Ms. Ardolino received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Monmouth University, she worked as a research assistant in the Center for Human and Social Development at the College of St. Elizabeth. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in General Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience from NYU. During her Master’s program, she worked in the BODyLab at NYU Langone Medical Center, at which time she completed her thesis involving the effect of the Metabolic syndrome on memory. At the ADRC, she is the lead coordinator on the TOMM40 and Merck Epoch studies. She also administers neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC).
Adeleine Dauray, BS
Ms. Dauray received her BS in Psychology with a focus in cognition and cognitive neuroscience from Lehigh University in May 2021. She was an ADRC summer intern in 2020 and joined the ADRC as a research coordinator in the summer of 2021. Ms. Dauray’s roles include conducting cognitive testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC).
Kirsten Evans, BS
Ms. Evans received her BS from Utica College in 2016, majoring in biology with a minor in Chemistry. Ms. Evans joined the ADRC in early 2017 where she is currently the lead coordinator on the MAD Project (Memory And Diabetes)– a multi-site study with the James J. Peters VA Medical Center and Mount Sinai studying the correlation between Type 2 Diabetes and cognitive impairments, particularly, Alzheimer’s disease in the minority population. Her roles include recruitment, performing phlebotomy techniques and administering neuropsychological testing for ADRC studies.
Jonathan “Yoni” Greenberg, BA
Mr. Greenberg has been a clinical research coordinator at the ADRC since July 2016. He graduated Yeshiva University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Semitic languages. Before joining Mount Sinai, he volunteered as a research assistant in the Epilepsy division at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. There he helped recruit patients with intractable focal and generalized seizures into a variety of studies and clinical drug trials. Jonathan currently serves as the lead coordinator on two studies sponsored by USC’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute: the Study of Nasal Insulin to Fight Forgetfulness (SNIFF) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI3).
Alexa Groome, BA
Ms. Groome is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where she received her BA in Psychology in 2019. She is currently in a post-baccalaureate program to complete her pre-medical school requirements and intends on pursuing psychiatry. She joined the ADRC in 2021 and conducts neuropsychological testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC).
Joanne Lim, MA
Ms. Lim received her BS in Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2018, and earned her Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences from The Catholic University of America. She joined the ADRC in 2021 and conducts cognitive testing for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC).
Xiomara Mendoza Apuango, BS
Ms. Mendoza graduated from Brandeis University in May of 2020, where she double majored in neuroscience and biology on a pre-medicine track. She joined the ADRC in December of 2021 where she administers neuropsychological testing in English and Spanish for a national longitudinal study on memory and aging through the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC). Her roles include recruiting participants from the community, attending outreach events for underrepresented minorities, and performing phlebotomy techniques.
Faye Sheppard, BS
Faye Sheppard received a BS in Psychology and a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University in 2018. She also received a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. Ms. Sheppard works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the ADRC working primarily for the national longitudinal study on memory and aging.