Dr. Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is board-certified in geriatric medicine.
Dr. Karlawish is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Senior Fellow of the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, fellow of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging, Director of the Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, Associate Director of the Clinical Core and Co-Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center, and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center. He is also Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core. In addition, he directs the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Center, a member of the CDC-supported Healthy Brain Research Network dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health.
He is also the project leader of makingsenseofalzheimers.org, a creative space for understanding the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. Produced by the Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program and the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Pennsylvania; and made possible by a startup grant from MetLife Foundation, the website launched in September 2014. Making Sense of Alzheimer’s is an evolving forum for conversation about the disease. Its collection of ideas captures the many dimensions of Alzheimer’s, through the perspective of caregivers, patients, artists, researchers and clinicians. Utilizing multi-media formats such as slideshows, video, and audio clips, along with written stories, the site explores the changing understanding of what Alzheimer’s is and how it affects our ethics and ideas of personhood.
His research focuses on neuroethics and policy. He has investigated issues in dementia drug development, informed consent, quality of life, research and treatment decision-making, and voting by persons with dementia. To learn more about his research and scholarship, visit www.jasonkarlawish.com. Dr. Karlawish also writes a recurring column for Forbes that can be found at www.forbes.com/sites/jasonkarlawish/.
Dr. Karlawish is accepting new patient appointments through the Penn Memory Center. To schedule an appointment, call 215-662-7810.
Dr. David Wolk is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Cognitive Neurology Division of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Neurology.
Dr. Wolk is the director of the Clinical Core and co-associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center and is co-director of the Penn Memory Center. He completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins University, a Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and clinical Fellowship training in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship studying memory in Alzheimer’s Disease there. Prior to his return to Penn, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and their Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Dr. Wolk’s research has focused on memory measures and other markers that allow for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One of the major challenges in the diagnosis of very early Alzheimer’s disease is differentiating the memory failures associated with the normal aging process from those reflecting early AD pathology. As such, his research currently focuses on memory changes in healthy aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and AD using Event-Related Potentials (a form of EEG), MRI (including structural and functional measures), and novel psychometric testing. It is hoped that these methods will contribute to early detection and intervention with emerging treatment modalities.
Dr. Wolk is accepting new patient appointments through the Penn Memory Center. To schedule an appointment, call 215-662-7810.
Dr. Bollampally, of Wall Township, NJ, joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as an instructor in the Division of Geriatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Health and Societies from the University of Pennsylvania, received her medical degree at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ) and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency year at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Bollampally completed her Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Roy H. Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is board certified in neurology.
He graduated from Harvard University Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Medicine and Health Sciences Technology. He completed residency in Neurology and a fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, both at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
In addition to evaluation and care he provides patients through the Penn Memory Center, Dr. Hamilton is actively engaged in neurology research. The central aim of his research is to define the mechanisms and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured adult human brain. As the co-director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at Penn, Dr. Hamilton uses a combination of behavioral measures and noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), to elucidate structure-function relationships related to normal cognition and to promote therapeutic reorganization of neural representations of cognitive functions in individuals who have suffered from stroke.
Outside of his research, Dr. Hamilton teaches medical students and neurology residents in multiple venues and is the associate director of Penn’s Clinical Neurosciences Training Program. Dr. Hamilton is also deeply involved in issues related to diversity in graduate and medical education, and has spearheaded curricular enrichment initiatives for underrepresented students and trainees at the post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels.
Sanjeev Vaishnavi, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He is board certified in Neurology, and has fellowship training in cognitive neurology with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases.
Dr. Vaishnavi graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Applied Biology and then studied medicine (M.D.) and doctoral training (Ph.D. in Neuroscience) at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He then came to the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine to train in Neurology, including a UCNS-certified fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.
Dr. Vaishnavi specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions, and training medical students, neurology residents, and fellows to be the next generation of leaders. His research has focused on using advanced imaging techniques including functional connectivity MRI and PET to understand learning and aging related changes in the resting human brain, and at the Penn Memory Center, he does clinical research to discover better ways to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases, with an emphasis on early diagnosis and prevention.
Dr. Vaishnavi is accepting new patient appointments through the Penn Memory Center. To schedule an appointment, call 215-662-7810.
Dr. Mechanic-Hamilton earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed her internship at Brown University and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Penn Memory Center as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2012.
Dr. Mechanic-Hamilton’s research has focused on memory systems and functional imaging. Her clinical focus at the Penn Memory Center is on neuropsychological assessment and cognitive and behavioral intervention in patients with cognitive impairment. She is a co-facilitator of the Cognitive Fitness Program.
Emma is a doctoral student in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, at Temple University. She is currently completing a clinical practicum at the Penn Memory Center, performing neuropsychological assessments with clinical and research patients and helping to facilitate the Cognitive Fitness Program. Her research interests include the influence of sociocultural and health factors on cognitive aging, as well as executive dysfunction in older adults. She earned a BA in psychology from Kenyon College in 2007 and an MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University in 2009.
Kara is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Kara is a practicum student at the Penn Memory Center for the 2016-2017 year, performing neuropsychological assessments with clinical and research patients under the supervision of Dr. Mechanic-Hamilton, Ph.D. Kara received a MS from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Kara also completed neuropsychological practicum placements at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Brief Therapy at PCOM.
Shalom is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. He is completing his pre-doctoral internship at PMC. As an intern, he performs neuropsychological assessments with clinical and research patients and assists with the Cognitive Fitness Program. After earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Shalom began his clinical psychology training at Widener and completed a concentration in school psychology. In addition, he has completed practicum placements at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, Temple University’s Episcopal Campus Acute Psychiatric Unit, and Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia, as well as a neuropsychology internship at Widener University’s Neuropsychology Assessment Center. Shalom is interested in the relationship between personality and neuropsychological functioning, as well as in the integration of neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy.
Kayci is a doctoral student at Drexel University studying clinical psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology. Her research has focused on consistency in decision making in adult populations and rehabilitation techniques to regain cognitive functioning after brain injury. In the future, she hopes to continue this line of research with the goal of improving rehabilitation outcomes and treatment recommendations for individuals experiencing cognitive decline. Prior to joining the Penn Memory Center as a neuropsychology practicum student, Kayci earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University and her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Kansas.
Hannah has been as psychometrician at the Penn Memory Center since 2004. She administers cognitive testing to patients and other research participants at the PMC, and conducts testing at outreach sites such as the Ann’s Choice Retirement Community in Warminster, PA. Hannah also coordinates the Stress, Cognition, and Resilience Study. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in History and Philosophy.
Laura joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as a psychometrist. She administers cognitive assessments to patients and research participants. She graduated from the University of the Sciences in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in the future.
Marianne Watson, senior research nurse, has been with the Penn Memory Center since 1993. Marianne conducts screening evaluations and assessments of research participants, handles a wide range of research recruitment, and provides patient and family support. She has extensive clinical experience with the dynamics of the Alzheimer patient and their family.
She manages key aspects of our NACC program including the normal control cohort, our brain donation program, and biological samples collection. She is also involved in various aspects of our diagnostic and investigational drug trial research.
Marianne’s commitment to research extends beyond her professional role at the PMC. She is a long-time participant in the Harvard Nurses Health Study II, the size, duration and scope of which is unmatched in the history of women’s health research.
Megan is a social worker at the Penn Memory Center. She joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as an intern and finished her clinical training at the PMC before earning her Masters in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Aging and Hospital Social Work in 2017. She provides education, support, and counseling to patients and their families. Megan also facilitates the CHOP volunteer program, Building Bridges, and supports other programming such as the PMC Memory Café, Caregiver Class, and monthly support groups. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simmons College in 2014 and worked at an assisted living in Boston, MA after graduation.
Felicia Greenfield is director of clinical research operations and care programs. She earned a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and completed her clinical training from the University of Pennsylvania’s Section of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2011. She has been with the Penn Memory Center since 2006. Felicia oversees clinical research operations at the Center. She supervises master’s level social work interns from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and provides counseling and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to patients and their families.
Alison is a licensed social worker and the Assistant Director of Care Programs at the Penn Memory Center. Alison earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and completed her clinical training at the Penn Memory Center and the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. Alison provides counseling, education and individual psychotherapy to patients and their family caregivers, and supports PMC’s Memory Café, Caregiver Class, and monthly support groups. Alison also works to recruit and schedule participants for the NACC research program.
Diversity in Research and Education
Tigist is the Director of Diversity in Research and Education. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She has been with the Penn Memory Center since 2013. Tigist works to develop, implement and monitor multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing research participation amongst African Americans. She leads the outreach work of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; Clinical Core; Research Education Core; and the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health.
Public Health Interns
Monica joined the Penn Memory Center in 2017 as an intern through the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program. Monica will be working with Tigist Hailu and Dr. Jason Karlawish on participant recruitment, interviews, content development, and story writing for for the Typical Day project. She will also assist with other projects related to cognitive health including recruiting older African American participants to the NACC study from PMC’s Brain Health Research Registry.
Monica is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying political science with minors in neuroscience and public health. She plans to attend law school and she is aiming for a graduate or business degree as well.
Benjamin Baker joined the Penn Memory Center as a Research Coordinator in 2017. He is currently doing qualitative data collection and analysis for the SOKRATES II study, working with Kristin Harkins, MPH, to understand why individuals decide to share or not share their APOE genotype, a gene used to predicted risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Benjamin earned his B.A. in Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014, and his Master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2017. He spent two years in his undergraduate program researching adults with developmental disabilities and how they define a good life for themselves. In his Master’s program, he completed research of program evaluations of interventions for parents and teachers for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which was implemented with Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Benjamin hopes to gain more experience doing research and be more confident with his research skills for the future.
Shira joined the Penn Memory Center in May 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator on Dr. Arnold’s team. She graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008 and has since been working on various research projects at Penn, including studies in sleep, tobacco use and opiate addiction. In the future, she wishes to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant.
Shae joined the Penn Memory Center as a work-study intern in 2016. Shae works on the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) study, which uses biomarkers collected annually from participants to better understand link between clinical evaluations and the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Shae calls patients, assembles informational packets, labels blood/plasma/CSF samples and brings them to the lab. She is a junior at Penn pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior, and aspires to attend medical school in the future.
Sara is re-joining the Penn Memory Center as an intern after completing her first year of medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She first joined PMC in Summer 2014, during which she held a research assistant position, and again as a research coordinator after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society with a minor in Gerontology from Cornell University in 2015. She has been a member of Dr. Karlawish’s research team, working on multiple projects, including the SOKRATES and LEARN interview studies and a cognitive health messaging study. Sara is committed to pursuing a career in medicine in order to serve the aging population, with a specific interest in neurology and neurodegenerative pathologies.
Martha joined the Penn Memory Center in 2010 after working at Sanofi Aventis as a Clinical Project Assistant and elsewhere as a research coordinator on psychiatric studies. Currently, as a Senior Research Coordinator, she works with patients and families completing several studies including IGIV, LFAN and GE005. She also guides the efforts of her assigned research coordinators, and manages interaction between the PMC and the Penn Institutional Review Board (IRB), the body which regulates protocol and conduct of university research studies. Martha has a BS from Boston College and an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) – Hartford Graduate Center campus.
Kristin joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team in 2007. She works on the SOKRATES I & II interview studies; the REVEAL-SCAN study; and other activities for the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC-supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health that promotes brain health. She graduated from Truman State University with a major in psychology and minors in statistical methods and English. Kristin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health Program in 2017.
Joseph joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a clinical research coordinator. Before joining PMC, he was a clinical research assistant within the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction in Penn Behavioral Health. Joseph received his BS in interdisciplinary health services with minors in biology and health care ethics from Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a post-baccalaureate student at Penn and plans to develop a career at the intersection of clinical medicine, health care innovation, and research in the future.
Nayoung joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2012. Prior to joining the PMC, Nayoung served as a Clinical Research Coordinator at another research institution, where her primary areas of study comprised of pain related studies in Orthopaedic Surgery. At the PMC, Nayoung is engaged in the LEARN study.
Jackie Lane joined the Penn Memory Center in 2017 as a Research Specialist for Dr. David Wolk. Jackie is a research coordinator for the NACC-TPI (the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center) and NACC-API studies, which are comprehensive research efforts collecting ongoing individual data from participants in order to research Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and life-long brain health. Jackie attended Swarthmore College for her undergraduate studies, receiving dual degrees in biology and cognitive science. Jackie is looking forward to building her research experience at the Penn Memory Center. In the future, Jackie also hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public health.
Jessica began working at the Penn Memory Center part-time while a high school student. She now coordinates studies, currently including ADNI 2 and Pfizer-Bapi; conducts screenings and administers psychometic testing to Spanish-speaking patients and study participants, and assists as needed with patient visit flow. Jessica is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Arun joined the Penn Memory Center in September 2015 as a research specialist for Dr. David Wolk’s studies. Before joining PMC, he worked in mental health settings for two years as a mental health counselor under the supervision of licensed psychiatrists. Arun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Paterson University in 2012 and attended a graduate program at Temple University’s School of Social Work before switching his career path to medicine. He is also a post-baccalaureate student at Penn and plans to attend medical school in the near future.
Grace joined the Penn Memory Center in June of 2013 as a research specialist for Dr. David Wolk. She is currently working as a clinical research coordinator on the Biogen study. She also does work on the Avid, ASL-PET and EmPCAD studies. She received a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Haverford College in 2013. Grace will complete the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health Program in August 2017.
Loren joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She has worked in various clinical research positions for more than 10 years. Loren has her medical assistant certificate and an AS in culinary arts, and she is studying medical billing and coding.
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Terrence Casey joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015. As Communications Coordinator, he manages content for Penn Memory Center and the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; the CDC-funded Healthy Brain Research Network Center; and the Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program. Terrence has a decade of experience as a journalist in the Philadelphia and State College regions. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism.
Terrence is also the editor of makingsenseofalzheimers.org, a creative space for understanding the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. Making Sense of Alzheimer’s is an evolving forum for conversation about the disease. Its collection of ideas captures the many dimensions of Alzheimer’s, through the perspective of caregivers, patients, artists, researchers and clinicians. Utilizing multi-media formats such as slideshows, video, and audio clips, along with written stories, the site explores the changing understanding of what Alzheimer’s is and how this affects our ethics and ideas of personhood.
Chloe Elmer joined the Penn Memory Center in 2017 as an editorial assistant, working with Communications Coordinator Terrence Casey. She is responsible for social media and written communications for the center, in addition to photos, video and other forms of multimedia for the website and newsletters.
Chloe is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in visual communications journalism and a minor in psychology. She is a photojournalist in the Greater Philadelphia Area with more than four years of professional experience at daily newspapers producing photo and video content for print and web. Chloe is looking forward to learning more about the center and its research.
Courtney Coulter joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a new patient care coordinator for the Penn Memory Center. With a background in customer service, Courtney has spent more than four years overseeing medical records, managing physician credentialing, and interacting with patients on a daily basis at a nursing and rehabilitation center. She earned her associate degree in business administration in 2013 and a BS in health administration in 2015, both from Gwynedd Mercy University. Courtney hopes to pursue a master’s degree in health administration.
Grace joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a patient services associate. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Kutztown University, where she studied relational communications. Grace works with Courtney Coulter, assisting with scheduling and other patient services. She hope to pursue additional education in healthcare.
Project Management & Strategic Support
Dr. Kathryn Jedrziewski, Deputy Director of Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) since 2001, also serves as Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) Administrator. In that role, she is active in a nationwide network of fellow Center administrators on issues relating to the administration of NIH/NIA funds.
Dr. Jedrziewski received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She has worked in gerontology and geriatrics for the past thirty years.
Business & Administrative Support
Maria joined Penn in 2007 as an administrative assistant in the Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry Section and took on support for Penn Memory Center administrative matters in 2008 under former director Dr. Steven Arnold. In May 2015, Maria took over as administrative coordinator to co-directors Dr. Jason Karlawish and Dr. David Wolk. She handles all administrative issues and assists in project management, event coordination, and financial activities for the PMC. She has an AS degree in Business Administration from Peirce College.
Information Technology & Database Management
Chris Ernst joined the Penn Memory Center as Data Manager in 2016. He is also the Senior Database Developer for the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research.
Chris received his undergrad degree at the University of South Carolina in 2011. He studied Information Management and Systems. Chris is hoping to earn his master’s degree in the future.
Chris is looking forward to streamlining and updating the Integrated Neurodegenerative Disease Database (INDD) as well as planning new software and hardware systems to assist CNDR, PMC and other associated centers and projects in their research goals.
Dr. Amy Bleakley is a senior research scientist at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research focuses on investigating media effects on health risk behaviors and using theory to create evidence-based health interventions. Specific content areas of interest within mostly adolescent populations include sexual behavior, tobacco use, STD/HIV prevention, and obesity-related behaviors, as well as media use and exposure. Dr. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, structural equation modeling, and theory testing. Dr. Bleakley’s research has been published in numerous academic journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine), Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Media Psychology. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She is assisting with the Messaging study.
Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center. She is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She was previously at Emory University (2004-2009), the University of Hawaii (1993 to 2004), and Temple University.
Amy Jordan is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and an adjunct full professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where she teaches courses focused on communication behavior and children and media. Her expertise is in the area of media effects, with a particular interest in health outcomes. Dr. Jordan is Director of the Communication and Dissemination Core for the UPenn Prevention Research Center, and Co-Principal Investigator for two CDC-funded projects focused on creating and testing culturally sensitive health-related media communications. She and Dr. Jason Karlawish lead PMC’s messaging study and Penn’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center.
Karolina joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a Penn Memory Center postdoctoral scholar. She received her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology at Harvard and her Ph.D. in psychology at NYU. Karolina is working on studies looking at how changes in episodic memory with aging might lead to changes in economic decision-making. Her doctoral dissertation was about the role emotion plays in economic decisions. Karolina is looking forward to applying what she learned in her higher education to the geriatric population in order to learn more about the neuroscience of decision-making.
Dr. Moberg serves as the consulting faculty neuropsychologist for the Penn Memory Center / Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). He is also consulting neuropsychologist at the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Moberg is an Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the Director of Clinical Services for the Brain-Behavior Laboratory (BBL) in the Neuropsychiatry program and is the Co-Director of the Olfaction and Gustation Laboratory in the BBL.
He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/ Neuropsychology from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Moberg is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of APA, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
Maria Florence Aquino Nabong joined the Penn Memory Center in 2017 as a part of the Penn Minority Scholars in Aging Research program. Florence is working on a meta-analysis project with Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton.
Florence graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and is currently pursuing a dual MD/MBA degree at Temple University.
During Florence’s time as an undergrad, she assisted with community-based health disparity research at NYU Langone Medical Center. The projects she worked on aimed to decrease health disparities in high blood pressure among minority populations. Florence administered surveys, held blood pressure screenings, and participated in different community events in the field.
Florence is looking forward to gaining new exposure to aging research, as well as putting her educational experience to use in a meaningful, clinical context.
Catherine joined the Penn Memory Center in 2017 as a student researcher for the Penn Minority Scholars in Aging Research program under the supervision of Dr. Roy Hamilton. Catherine will be working on language fluency recovery with noninvasive brain stimulation and post-stroke and neurodegenerative aphasias. She will also be working on projects identifying biomarkers for Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD).
Catherine received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Japanese from Haverford College in 2011. Catherine is currently working on her Master of Science in Translational Research (MTR) while attending the Perelman School of Medicine.
Catherine has worked with different modalities of noninvasive brain stimulation including Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). She has also worked with two etiologies of aphasia: post-stroke and neurodegenerative disease.
Catherine is looking forward to expanding her previous work with tDCS to better establish for which patients can tDCS be most useful for language fluency recovery. She is also excited to flesh out the CSF biomarkers projects for neurodegenerative disease, and will be applying to neurology residency programs this fall.
Dr. Shana Stites is a clinical psychologist and quantitative researcher. She is a Senior Research Investigator within the Penn Project on Precision Medicine for the Brain (P3MB). In this role, Dr. Stites works with P3MB investigators to lead and conduct studies addressing ethical, legal, and social challenges that arise in the context of precision medicine for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Dr. Stites earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and MA in Sociology from Lehigh University. She completed her internship at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Her clinical concentration was in neuropsychology with special interests in multicultural competency and applied research.
Dr. John Trojanowski is the William Maul Measey-Truman G. Schnabel, Jr. MD Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR); Director, Institute on Aging & Director (IOA); Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center; and Director, Penn Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research
In addition, he co-directs the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer’s Program established in 2004. He is the principal investigator on the Penn Biomarker Core of the NIH/NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a landmark study launched by the National Institute on Aging to find methods for monitoring the progression of AD and improving methods of imaging, and the validation of biomarker data. Dr. Trojanowski is responsible for the neuropathology cores in several studies in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease Centers across the nation and Parkinson’s disease research projects.
Dr. Trojanowski’s work is exclusively neuropathology research-related; he does not conduct patient appointments.
Dr. Sharon Xie is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Biostatistics Core of Penn’s Alzheimer’s DIsease Core Center (ADCC).