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Barbara, our Front Office Manager, has been with the PMC since 1998. She oversees medical record management and patient visit scheduling, handles general caller information, and supervises patient intake staff.
Tonya joined the PMC front desk staff in November 2011. She assists in patient scheduling and with appointment check-in/check-out. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Health Care Administration at Pierce College.
Katrina White joined the PMC in August 2012 as a Clinical Receptionist. She assists patients with checking in and out for appointments and helps to maintain a level of high quality care for all patients. She recieved a B.S in Psychology from Saint Joseph University in 2011, and she is currently pursuing a M.S in Psychology from Capella University.
Jesus joined the Penn Memory Center in June 2012 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biology and Anthropology. As Patient Visit Flow Coordinator, he personally assists patients and their families through the various aspects of evaluation and research appointments as well as the informed consent process. Jesus is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. He hopes to attend medical school in the near future.
Peter joined the Penn Memory Center in 2007 as a psychometrician, following an undergraduate internship here. He administers cognitive testing to patients and research participants, and also screens individuals off-site for recruitment purposes. He is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia’s Health Psychology program, with a concentration in neuropsychology and assessment.
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.
Mirna has provided social work services to the Penn Memory Center since 2000. She offers patients and families post-diagnosis education and counseling, and an introduction to research opportunities for which they may be eligible. She provides information on and referrals to community and other resources which patients and families may require over the course of the disease process. She is active in outreach in north Philadelphia’s Latino community, and manages PMC’s brain donation recruitment efforts among our Latino research participants.
Mirna earned a BA in social work from La Salle University, and MA in counseling from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time, she especially enjoys travel to Puerto Rico, and her grandchildren.
Ricardo joined the Penn Memory Center in September of 2012. He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin he worked for two years at a Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center in Austin, Texas. Ricardo is currently in his second year at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, working towards his master’s degree in social work. Ricardo is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Allie joined the Penn Memory Center in May of 2013 as a student research intern. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in public health. Allie works on a web-based educational site, Making Sense of Alzheimer's, that strives to make sense of Alzheimer's disease by addressing the clinical and ethical challenges surrounding Alzheimer's disease for patients and clinicians. Allie plans to pursue a career in the public health field after she graduates from Penn.
Thiago joined Dr. Karlawish's team in May of 2013 as an intern for a research assistance experience. His job is to provide statistical analyses of the data generated by the several studies conducted by Dr. Karlawish and his research team. While assisting, he also intends to learn the procedures involved in those studies and get more acquainted with medical research and practice in the United States. He will then return to Brazil to obtain his medical degree from the Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo in 2015.
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.
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.
Jamie, a research coordinator based in the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry, works with PMC patients and families participating in CitAD — the Citalopram in Alzheimer's Disease study. Previously she was employed as a Therapeutic Recreation Associate for ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. Jamie is a Penn Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. She has a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Liberal Arts/Art History.
Tigist joined the Penn Memory Center in January 2013 as a Coordinator for Diversity in Research. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s in Public Health Psychology and Africana Studies. She is currently a part time student in the Master of Public Health Program at University of Pennsylvania. As the Coordinator for Diversity in Research, she works to develop, implement and monitor the Penn Memory Center’s multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing participation within the African American community in NACC and other research studies.
Kristin joined Dr. Karlawish's research team in 2007. She works on the Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer’s Disease (REVEAL) study; the Home Based Assessment/Health Brain Monitoring study; the Way to Walk & Way to Walk II studies; and the Caregiver Experience Study. She graduated from Truman State University with a major in psychology and a minor in statistical methods.
Megan A. Healy
Megan joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team as an intern in summer 2011. After graduating with a BS in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in May 2012, she now works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Karlawish, working on the “Quality of Life & Aging” study, and assisting on the “Way to Walk II” study. Megan plans to attend graduate school in the near future.
Seth joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team in 2013. He graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Humanities in 2010. After graduation he worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia as a program manager. He then worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center in the Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities. He is now attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to obtain a Master’s degree in Health Education. He currently works on the “Quality of Life and Aging” study as well as other studies on Dr. Karlawish's research team.
Devon joined Dr. Karalwish’s research team in 2012. She graduated from Colby College with a BA in Psychology in 2010. After graduation she worked as a research assistant at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she works on the “Quality of Life and Aging” study.
Daria (Dasha) Kliot
Dasha joined the Penn Memory Center in 2009. She previously worked in one of Penn's neurology laboratories. She coordinates “EMMI” — The Episodic Memory and Multimodal Imaging study. Dasha graduated with a BA in psychology from Columbia University in 2006. She is enrolled in classes with the aim of entering veterinary school. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her best friend, Vigna, the pup.
Lauren joined the Penn Memory Center in 2009 as a Research Assistant for Dr. David Wolk. She previously worked as a Research Assistant within the Center for Cognitive Neurology. Lauren works on the tDCS study, involving electrical stimulation of the brain, and the EMMI study, evaluating cognitive changes associated with MCI. She has a BA in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.
Patricia joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006. Currently, she coordinates the Pfizer ASL and Cognision studies. Patricia earned a BA from Arcadia University with a Business Administration major and French minor. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Ivy joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006, assisting research participants, patients, families, and clinicians as part of the front office team. In 2011, she began a new role, as appointment manager for Latino study participants, and visit scheduler for the more than 400 patients and normal controls active in our NACC research program. Ivy is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
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.
Liz joined Dr. Karlawish's research team in 2008. She works on the "Quality of Life and Aging" study and the "Parkinson's Disease and Research Consent" study. She also assists with off-site research efforts at the Ann's Choice Retirement Community. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Psychology and Political Science.
Chelsea joined the Penn Memory Center in June 2012 as Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Jason Karlawish. She earned her Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in advertising and communications. She writes, edits and designs the Penn Memory Center's quarterly print newsletter, InSight. She also assists Dr. Karlawish’s team in activities in the Education, Recruitment and Retention Core and helps maintain the Penn Memory Center website.
Felicia Greenfield, LCSW
Felicia Greenfield joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006. As the Associate Director for Clinical and Research Operations, Felicia manages the day-to-day operations for the Penn Memory Center. She is involved in long-term strategic planning for the Center and oversees PMC program development.
A licensed clinical social worker, Felicia supervises MSW interns who provide counseling and education to patients and their families, she facilitates support groups for individuals (and their care partners) who have been newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and she is a co-facilitator in the Cognitive Fitness program. Felicia holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kathryn Jedrziewski, PhD
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.
Maria joined the Geriatric Psychiatry Section in 2007 as Dr. Arnold’s Administrative Assistant and took on support for Penn Memory Center business matters in 2008. Maria assists both Dr. Arnold and Nancy Kennedy-Smith in all administrative, faculty affairs, and financial activities for the PMC. She has an AS degree in Business Administration from Peirce College.
Nancy joined the Penn Memory Center and the Geriatric Psychiatry Section in March 2011 as Manager of Administration & Finance. She handles financial accounts, grant submissions, and general business activity of the PMC and Geriatric Psychiatry. Nancy has worked in business and grant administration at Penn since 1983.
Dina joined the Penn Memory Center in 2012 as a biostatistician after working for four years in the University of Pennsylvania’s Biostatistics Analysis Center (BAC) . She provides statistical analysis and assists with data management for a variety of PMC research studies. Dina has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MS in Applied Statistics from West Chester University.
Young is Data Manager for our ADC and PMC operations. In this capacity he also manages our database. Young worked in IT at Gap International, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm, before joining us in 2005. He is a 2003 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, with a BS in information technology.
Bryan joined the Penn Memory Center IT team in August 2011 as a Database and System Administrator. Bryan provides ongoing support and development of the INDD database that serves the research data needs of the PMC. He is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Computing and Security Technology.