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SPARC Staff

The staff who work in the collaborative, team-based environment of SPARC 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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Linda Brenckle, M.S., R.D., P.M.P.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Clinical and community-based research particularly with regard to maternal and child health, child development, and pediatric nutrition; operationalizing research.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8491
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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clayfield_largethumb Jonathan C. Clayfield, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Chief Director, Operations

Research Interests: Juvenile justice mental health screening, mental health and the law, crisis intervention and risk management training of first responders, diversion of offenders with mental illness, suicide intervention & prevention.

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8721
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Teresa Conrado
Project Assistant II
Professional Responsibilities:  Assists both the iSPARC and TACR centers with their projects and administrative needs.

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-1025
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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costa_largethumb Amanda Costa, B.S.
Project Director II
Learning & Working Transitions ACR 
Research Interests: Educational supports for college students with mental health conditions.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2865
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Carla.JPG Carla DeSantis

Administrative Assistant II
Provides Administrative support for the Director of iSPARC & iSPARC faculty

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8692
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8081
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Kasey Fitch, M.S.
Research Coordinator I
Research interests: Women’s health, Oncology, research ethics, research regarding prisoners, and hepatic studies
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Phone: (508) 856-5811email button
Laura Golden  Laura Golden, B.A.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Occupational health, quality of work life, work-life balance, holistic approaches to mental health care, mindfulness, career development of young adults with lived experience.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8483
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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harrington_largethumb  Linda Harrington, B.S.
Academic Administrator
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8415
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Marcela Hayes, B.A., B.S.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Mental health service systems for young adults, adapting and testing supported employment and education models to improve the mental and behavioral health of individuals across their lifespan. Researching and understanding the implications for mindfulness practice, and training for all ages.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-1072
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Ian Lane thumbnail Ian A. Lane, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Behavioral Endocrinology, Physiological Psychology, and Neuropsychology with a special interest in how changes in physiological parameters influence brain and behavior

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2089
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Robyn Leonard Robyn Leonard, B.S.
Administrative Assistant II
Provides Administrative support for the Director of SPARC & SPARC faculty

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

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Dee Logan image  Deirdre Logan, B.A.
Project Associate
Research Interests: Dissemination and presentation of research findings and materials, Informed Consent, research ethics and youth, young adult and family mental health.
Contact Information
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
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2408
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Michelle G. Mullen, MS, CRC, CPRP
Senior Project Director
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (857) 540-9344
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  Raphael Mizrahi, B.S.  
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: The experiences of transition age youth who engage in psychiatric services and psychopharmacological treatment; the use of mindfulness/meditation practices to treat symptoms of mental health conditions; applications of clinical neuroscience research to diagnose and treat mental illnesses in children and adolescents.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8477
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Alexandra Murray  Alexandra Murray, MPA
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Research ethics, institutional review boards (IRB), substance use disorders (SUD), socio-cultural determinants of mental health, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-7814
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Mindy Nguyen, M.S.
Clinical Research Assistant
Research Interests: genetics, correlation between genetics and mental health
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-5811
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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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.
Contact Information
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 stigma of mental health conditions.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8276
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Bailey Pridgen thumbnail Bailey Pridgen, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research interests: risk assessment, specialty courts, offender diversion, sentencing policy, public opinion of criminal justice policies and practices, and dissemination of research findings to policymakers

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2093
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, consumer movement and consumers in research.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8731
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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

Research Interests: personality in psychology and psychopathology 

Contact Information
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.

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

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

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Vidya.JPG Vidya Shenoy, B.Com.
Financial Assistant

Professional Responsibilities: Prepare monthly financial reports, manage contracts, create payment vouchers, credit card reconciliation and process expense reimbursement reports.


Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8713
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2865
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Rachel Stone image Rachel Stone, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Learning & Working Transitions ACR
Research Interests: Authoring tip sheets and disseminating research findings to young adult consumers, researching articles and mental health information.
Contact Information
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8736
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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

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