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iSPARC Staff

The staff who work in the collaborative, team-based environment of iSPARC come from a variety of disciplines. They work as researchers, interviewers, statisticians, project directors, program developers, and administrative assistants. One thing they have in common is a passion for the work they do, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of people who live with mental illness, their families, and providers. 

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Reena Banerjee, B.S., sign name 'Bee'
Deaf Community Advisor, DeafYES!
Research Interests:

Supporting DHH individuals in healthcare.  Medical genetic counseling, providing accessibility, transparency, and better quality of care to DHH individuals who may be dealing with genetic conditions of their own, or in their children.  

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Linda Brenckle, M.S., R.D., P.M.P.
Project Director II
Research Interests: Clinical and community-based research particularly with regard to maternal and child health, child development, and pediatric nutrition; operationalizing research.
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Phone: (508) 856-8491
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Josephine Boateng, B.S.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Perinatal mental health, Community-based health promotion, Health equity in populations of color, childhood trauma in family systems, mental health access, Infant and maternal health, global health, determinants of health in populations of color  & women’s health

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Amy Celona, B.S.
Project Coordinator 
Professional Responsibilities:
Provides analysis and support for projects, administrative, and general operations. Research Interests:  Protective factors against the effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences; the integration of mental health care in primary care settings; building resilience in children and families; equitable access to high-quality, trauma-informed health care.

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Rachel DeCola image Rachel DeCola
Project Assistant
Professional Responsibilities: Manages the administrative responsibilities for the iSPARC Communications Team
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Phone: (508) 856-1961
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Lauren Dutille image Lauren Dutille
Grant & Contract Specialist
Professional Responsibilities: Manage contracts, payment vouchers, credit cards, and process travel expense reports.
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Phone: (508) 856-8081
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Carolyn Friedhoff image Carolyn Friedhoff, MBioethics
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Cross-cultural bioethics, health policy, science education, substance use and addiction medicine, mental health among people who are immigrants or refugees, health equity for populations of color, global health equity, stress-related illnesses, women’s mental health
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Phone: TBD
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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harrington_largethumb  Linda Harrington, B.S.
Academic Administrator III
Professional Responsibilities: Administration of the financial, operational, human resource, and general business functions of the SPARC. Provides information and guidance to faculty for the pre and post-award activity relating to grant management.
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Phone: (508) 856-8415
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Maya Ingram Maya Ingram, B.A.
Research Project Director

Research Interests: Young adult social-emotional learning and mental health services; comparative race and ethnic studies; intersectionality in mental health care for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized groups.

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ian New22.jpg Ian A. Lane, B.A.
Biostatistician II

Professional Responsibilities: Data Analysis needs of research projects at iSPARC, including HYPE, HYPE DMH, NIJ, and SEED.

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sharon leahy-lind profile photo Sharon Leahy-Lind, B.S., MPPM
Implementation Specialist
Professional Responsibilities: Provides leadership for the Implementation Science Practice Program and Chair of Technical Assistance Program

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Phone: TBD
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Robyn Leonard Robyn Leonard, B.S.
Administrative Assistant II
Professional Responsibilities: Provides Administrative support for Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP

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Phone: (508) 856-5812
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Dee Logan image  Deirdre Logan, B.A.
Project Manager
Research Interests: Dissemination and presentation of research findings and materials, Informed Consent, research ethics, and youth, young adult, and family mental health.
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Phone: (508) 856-5852
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Melissa Maslin, MEd
Project Director II
Research interests: Integration of mental health and obstetric care, perinatal mental health and substance use concerns, community-based health promotion, developmental disabilities, online course development
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Phone: (508) 856-2408
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Brian Miller, M.H.A., CLSSGB
Project Director II / Director of Operations, Learning & Working RRTC
Research Interests: Mental health services and supports for transition-aged youth and young adults with mental health conditions; Educational supports for college-age youth with lived experiences; Evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful long-term careers
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Phone: 
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Michelle G. Mullen, Ph.D, CRC, CPRP
Senior Project Director, HYPE and BRYT
Research interests: standardizing services supporting college students with mental health conditions, evaluating the effectiveness of various educational supports, testing a cognitive remediation intervention for college students, and evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful long-term careers.
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Phone: (857) 540-9344
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Alexandra Murray  Alexandra Murray, MPA
Communications Specialist - iSPARC
Research Interests: Research ethics, institutional review boards (IRB), substance use disorders (SUD), socio-cultural determinants of mental health, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Phone: (508) 856-7814
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Emma Narkewicz, B.A., M.P.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Improving education and employment outcomes for young adults with mental health conditions and disabilities, Social policy, Health equity for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations, Sexual violence, Community-engaged public health

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Phone: (508) 856-8739
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Tracy Neville, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: College student mental health; cognitive retraining; knowledge translation of research findings; mental health among LGBTQ+ youth; and the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and religion

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Phone: (508) 864-5329

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Debbie Nicolellis, MS, CRC, CPRP
Training Director, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE)


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perrault_largethumb  Rachael Perrault, M.A.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Mental health and the law, risk and needs assessment in juvenile justice, public policy, and legal decision making.
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Phone: (508) 856-8564
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research interests: Expressive arts-based therapeutic approaches, increasing accessibility and treatment retention for youth and young adults, promoting awareness, and reducing the stigma of mental health conditions.
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Phone: (508) 856-8276
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Mary Quill, A.A, A.S.
Research Assistant
Chair of MHE & YOU Advisory Council
Research Interests: Rehabilitation, clubhouses, the consumer movement, and consumers in research.
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Phone: (508) 856-8731
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Karlie Rice, M.A.
Research Coordinator l

Research Interests: juvenile justice, risk assessments, and examining youth's strengths

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Morgan Rao Thumbnail Morgan Rao, B.A.
Research Coordinator l

Research Interests: personality in psychology and psychopathology 

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Phone: (508) 856-8729
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Kristen Roy-Bujnowski, M.A.
Research Project Director
Research interests: The intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems; Race, gender, and class disparities in the criminal justice system; physical health disparities and mental illness, program implementation & evaluation, and suicide prevention.

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Phone: (508) 856-8725
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Padma Sankaran, M.A.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Clinical and community-based research with regard to mental health, research ethics & regulatory affairs, neurocognition, nutrition & brain development, and alternative non-medication-based therapeutic interventions.
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Phone: (508) 856-8505
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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simons_largethumb  Gillian Simons
Research Assistant Technician
Learning & Working Transitions ACR 
Research Interests: Young adult consumer advocacy, integration of physical and behavioral health, mental health policy/system changes, education, and employment of young adults with mental health conditions.
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Emily Sudbrock

Project Assistant
Professional responsibilities: RRTC Toolkit and Comic, S.T.A.Y. Tuned Podcast co-host, Stakeholder Engagement Program, and HYPE DTP/T4

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Robin Tasca Robin Tasca, B.A.

Project Coordinator I
Professional responsibilities: multimedia content producer for the iSPARC Communications Team. Manages our email campaigns, social media channels, and websites for iSPARC and Transitions ACR.

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Phone: (508) 856-1068
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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thornton_largethumb  Amy Thornton, B.S.
Administrative Assistant 
Professional Responsibilities: Administrative assistance to faculty and staff on the MacArthur Models for Change Project.
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Phone: (508) 856-8736
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Jean Wnuk photo Jean Wnuk, M.B.A.
Social Media Specialist
Professional responsibilities: Manages our social media platforms and communications channels for CeKTER, iSPARC, and Transitions ACR
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Phone: (508) 856-2016
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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