Center for Addiction Medicine

Faculty and Staff

The Center for Addiction Medicine maintains a highly collaborative team with backgrounds in behavioral interventions, neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience. Faculty, post-docs, and staff all provide the complementary skills and expertise needed to study the underlying causes and risk factors of addictive behavior and to test new treatments for addictive disorders. The faculty and fellows have appointments at both Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Bios and contact information

A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Addiction Medicine Director, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical SchoolA. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H.

Founding Director Center for Addiction Medicine, Principal Investigator, Cox Family Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Evins is The Cox Family Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the founder and Director of the Center For Addiction Medicine at MGH. Dr. Evins completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. In addition, she completed…more

 

 Associate Director, Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical SchoolJohn F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine, Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at MGH. The American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, and is also a Fellow of APA. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies…more

Gladys Pachas, M.D., Program Director Center for Addiction Medicine, Assistant in Research Psychiatry, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical SchoolGladys Pachas, M.D.

Program Director Center for Addiction Medicine, Assistant in Research Psychiatry, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

Dr. Pachas received her medical degree from the San Martin de Porres University and health services management and public health training from the National University Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and she completed an Addictions Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests are the development of behavioral treatments and new evidence-based novel treatment for smoking cessation and relapse prevention in people with…more

 

Cori Cather, Ph.D., Director Psychology Services MGH Schizophrenia Program, Assistant in Psychiatry Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychology Harvard Medical SchoolCori Cather, Ph.D.

Director Psychology Services MGH Schizophrenia Program, Assistant in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Corinne Cather earned her undergraduate degree in biopsychology at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University where she received specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral medicine. She completed an internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (formerly Rutgers) and joined…more

 

Jodi GilmanJodi Gilman, Ph.D.

Director of Neuroscience, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gilman received her BS from Tufts University in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 2008, where she used neuroimaging techniques to study the acute and long-term functional and structural effects of alcohol on brain regions involved in motivation and emotion. She came to CAM in January 2013 to study the…more

 

Randi SchusterRandi Schuster, Ph.D.

Director of Neuropsychology, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schuster is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her BA from University of Maryland, College Park and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. In graduate school, she was funded by a NIDA National Research Service Award to study the cognitive effects of cannabis and tobacco use among…more

 

Melissa Maravic, PhD, MPH, Project Director Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical SchoolMelissa Maravic, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Project Director Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

Dr Maravic received her BA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her M.P.H. with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health. She joined CAM as a research fellow in 2005 where she focused on identifying predictors of smoking cessation among those with schizophrenia. She received her Ph.D.…more

 

Bettina Hoeppner, Ph.D., Director of Biostatistics, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical SchoolBettina Hoeppner, Ph.D.

Director of Biostatistics, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hoeppner is a health psychologist with expertise in fine-grained longitudinal methodology, which she uses to explicate the mechanisms underlying behavioral change. During her graduate training (Univ. of RI, MA in psychology in 2003, M.S. in statistics in 2005, Ph.D. in psychology in 2007), Dr Hoeppner collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used…more

Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D., Director of Dual Diagnoses Studies at the Depression Clinical Research Program, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor in Psychology-Harvard Medical SchoolPaola Pedrelli, Ph.D.

Director of Dual Diagnoses Studies at the Depression Clinical Research Program, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Pedrelli is a clinical psychologist with expertise in comorbid disorders. She received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program at University of California San Diego and San Diego State University and completed her post-doctoral work at MGH. Her program of research focuses on explicating the etiology of co-occurring Mood Disorders and…more

Brandon G. Bergman, Ph.D., Research Scientist

 

Brandon G. Bergman, Ph.D.

Associate Director Research Recovery Institute, Instructor Harvard Medical School

Dr. Bergman is a research scientist in the Recovery Research Institute (RRI) within CAM, and a licensed staff psychologist in the hospital’s Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders (SUD). He also serves nationally as the secretary for Division 50 of the American Psychological Association (Addiction…more

 

CieslakKristina Cieslak, M.D.

Co-Investigator, Study Physician, Resident in the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr. Kristina Cieslak graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2015, and is a current resident in the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Her research interests center on improving quality of life and health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness in the community setting. In conjunction with the MGH Schizophrenia Program, Freedom Trail Clinic,…more

 

Corrie L. Vilsaint, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dr. Vilsaint is a community psychologist. She is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Principal Investigator at the Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research has focused on racial health equality and recovery from addiction…more

 

David_EddieDavid Eddie, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Dr. David Eddie is a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine and Recovery Research Institute, a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. His current research, supported by NIAAA and internal awards from Massachusetts General Hospital…more

 

 

Kathryn Hagan Bentley, Ph.D.

Clinical and Research Fellow

Dr. Kate Bentley received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2017 from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy track at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research is largely focused on the development, evaluation, and implementation of transdiagnostic interventions for suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Her postdoctoral…more

 

Kevin Potter, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dr. Kevin Potter graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Psychology and received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the Ohio State University. He began working for the Center for Addiction Medicine in August of 2018 as a statistician. His research involves applying modern statistical…more

 

 

Research Fellow

Dr. Caroline Yeh received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from Purdue University in 2018. She began working at the Center for Addiction Medicine in September of 2018, where she is currently researching how white matter integrity is affected by prenatal expose of tobacco and marijuana and how white matter…more

 

 

Sarah Hickey, RN, BSN

Research Nurse, Co-Investigator

Sarah Hickey received her B.S. in Neuroscience at Stonehill College and received her B.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University.  She began working at CAM in March of 2019, where she is currently a co-investigator on Dr. Gilman’s study which uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy to assess the …more

 

Christine Ulysse, M.S.

Biostatistician

Christine Ulysse received her B.S. in Biometry & Statistics at Cornell University in 2014 and completed her Master’s in Biostatistics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Throughout her academic career, she has worked on various projects relating to sedation management strategy in children with severe lung disease, prenatal exposure to maternal…more

 

Nilo Fallah-Sohy, BA, Clinical Research CoordinatorNilo Fallah-Sohy, B.A.

Research Assistant

Nilo Fallah-Sohy graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013, where she majored in psychology. She currently coordinates a study which aims to characterize and evaluate Recovery Commuinity Centers in New England and New York. Her research interests include screening and prevention in schools, as well as substance use and co-occuring disorders.

 

Nate Kelly, BA, Clinical Research CoordinatorNate Kelly, B.A.

Research Assistant

Nate Kelly graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015 where he pursued a double major of psychology and sociology. He currently works as a coordinator for two studies, as well as the Recovery Research Institute. Apart from substance use treatment, Nate’s other research interests are communication and forensic psychology.

 

Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH, Mass General, portrait, headshot, for web siteAlexandra Plante, M.A.

Research Assistant

Alexandra Plante is the Marketing Communications Coordinator of the Recovery Research Institute. She manages written and visual content across social media accounts, the recoveryanswers.org website, the Recovery Research Review monthly newsletter, and coordinates all media inquiries to the institute. Alexandra received her B.A in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.A in Quantitative Research in Communication from the University at Buffalo …more

 

Maya Hareli, B.A.

Research Assistant

Maya Hareli graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. She currently coordinates a study examining the efficacy of a contingency management plan on abstinence from cannabis, as well as the effects of cannabis abstinence on cognition, in high school-aged adolescents. Her research interests include…more

 

 

Alyson Dechert, B.A.

Research Assistant

Alyson Dechert graduated with her BA in Psychology from Whittier College. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Gilman on a study which examines the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use. She also works on the fNIRS study, which uses a novel imaging device to detect acute intoxication of THC. Additionally, …more

 

Kelsey Lowman, B.A.

Research Assistant

Kelsey Lowman graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. At CAM, she works on a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), investigating the impact of integrated smoking cessation treatment on care provided to smokers with severe mental illness. She is primarily interested in community-based research aimed to improve…more

 

Rachel Plummer, B.A.

Research Assistant

Rachel Plummer graduated from William and Mary with a bachelors degree in psychology. At CAM she is primarily working with Dr. Gilman on the medical marijuana research study, which looks at the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use. Her research interests include the development of substance abuse prevention programs…more

 

Nate Phillips, B.A., B.S.

Research Assistant

Nate Phillips graduated from the University of Florida with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. At CAM, he works with Dr. Gilman on the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study to assess the cognitive effects of marijuana and alcohol, along with Dr. Maravic on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study to investigate the impact of integrated smoking cessation treatment on care provided to smokers with serious mental illness…more

 

William Schmitt, A.B.

Research Assistant/Programmer

William Schmitt graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology with a focus in computational neurobiology. At CAM, he is primarily working with Dr. Gilman on the medical marijuana research study, which looks at the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use. His research interests include how clinical neuroscience and neuroimaging techniques can be used to understand self-destructive behaviors. He plans to pursue these interests through a medical degree in the next few years.

 

 

Olivia Downer, B.S.

Research Assistant

Olivia Downer graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in biology. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Gilman on the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study, which assesses the cognitive effects of marijuana and alcohol consumption on the brain. Her research areas of interest include clinical, cognitive, and neuropsychology, with a specific interest in understanding the neurological effects of drug use on decision-making processes. She plans to pursue a medical degree in neurology.

 

Rachel Marcus, B.A.

Research Assistant

Rachel Marcus graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in anthropology and Hispanic studies from Brandeis University. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Gilman on the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study, which assesses the cognitive effects of marijuana and alcohol consumption on the brain. Her research areas of interest include clinical psychology and neuropsychology, with a particular interest in understanding the neurological effects of drug use on executive functioning. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology within the next few years.

 

Jessica Richman, B.S.

Research Assistant

Jessica Richman graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and a minor in gerontology. At CAM, she works on a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), seeking to investigate the impact of integrated smoking cessation treatment on care provided to smokers with serious mental illness. She is primarily interested in population health research aimed at decreasing health care disparities experienced by marginalized groups.

 

Natali Rychik, B.S.

Research Assistant

Natali Rychik graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Schuster on a study examining the effects of cannabis abstinence on cognition in adolescents. Her research interests include risk factors for psychopathology in adolescents and the intersection between substance use and psychopathology.

 

Erin Lamberth, B.A.

Research Assistant

Erin Lamberth graduated from Williams College with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Schuster on a study examining the effects of abstinence from cannabis on cognitive functioning in adolescents. Her research interests include the prevention and treatment of psychopathology, especially mood disorders, along with the role of co-morbid presentations on functioning and treatment.

 

Sophia Allen, B.A.

Research Assistant

Sophia Allen graduated from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. At CAM, she currently works  on a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute aiming to understand the effects of integrated smoking cessation treatment on smokers with serious mental illness. Her research interests include the intersection of mental health and substance-use disorders, as well as the social and emotional impacts of psychological trauma.

 

Grace Wheeler, B.A.

Research Assistant

Grace Wheeler graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At CAM, she is working primarily on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded study looking at smoking cessation treatments for smokers with serious mental illnesses. Her research interests include investigating effectiveness of treatment combinations among different populations.

 

Audrey Steely, B.A.

Research Assistant

Audrey Steely graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. At CAM, she is working primarily with Dr. Gilman on the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study to assess the cognitive effects of marijuana and alcohol. Her research interests focus on improving health care treatments for individuals with mental illnesses.

 

 

 

Nate Phillips, B.A., B.S.
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Nate Phillips graduated from the University of Florida with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. At CAM, he works with Dr. Gilman on the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study to assess the cognitive effects of marijuana and alcohol, along with Dr. Maravic on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study to investigate the impact of integrated smoking cessation treatment on care provided to smokers with serious mental illness.

Kevin Potter, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kevin Potter graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Psychology and received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the Ohio State University. He began working for the Center for Addiction Medicine in August of 2018 as a statistician. His research involves applying modern statistical and cognitive modeling approaches to diverse clinical data sets, and developing approachable statistical tools for applied practitioners.

CHIEN-LIN (CAROLINE) YEH, PH.D.
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Dr. Caroline Yeh received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from Purdue University in 2018. She began working at the Center for Addiction Medicine in September of 2018, where she is currently researching how white matter integrity is affected by prenatal expose of tobacco and marijuana and how white matter structure changes in marijuana users with PTSD. Her research interests include diagnosis improving and early detection of health effects from the substance use by neuroimaging.

Meena M. Makary, Ph.D.
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Dr. Meena M. Makary is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cairo University. Currently, he holds a joint appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Research Fellow in the Center of Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the neuroimaging team to study the underlying causes and risk factors of addictive behavior and to test new treatments for addictive disorders. In 2017, Dr. Makary worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the John B. Pierce Laboratory and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He worked on investigating the interrelation between chronic pain and obesity using structural and functional brain imaging. During his time as Ph.D. student, he used real-time fMRI neurofeedback to investigate the brain plasticity after self-regulation of motor brain areas during motor imagery tasks. Dr. Makary is the Career Development and Mentoring Manager for the OHBM student and post-doctorate special interest group. Dr. Makary was honored with the 2017 Best Ph.D. Thesis Award in Engineering among Kyung Hee University graduates. He also received several merit conference paper awards including the Best Oral Presentation Award, ICCMR’15; Merit Abstract Travel Stipend Award, OHBM’17; and Geographic Finalist, IEEE EMBC’17.

Sarah Hickey, RN, BSN
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Sarah Hickey received her B.S. in Neuroscience at Stonehill College and received her B.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University.  She began working at CAM in March of 2019, where she is currently a co-investigator on Dr. Gilman’s study which uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy to assess the cognitive effects of alcohol and marijuana. She also works on Dr. Gilman's other study examining the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use.

Kristina Cieslak, M.D. Co-Investigator
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Dr. Kristina Cieslak graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2015, and is a current resident in the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Her research interests center on improving quality of life and health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness in the community setting. In conjunction with the MGH Schizophrenia Program, Freedom Trail Clinic, MGH Department of Medicine and Diabetes Center, she is conducting a study of and co-leading an educational and behavioral group intervention for individuals with schizophrenia and diabetes. Other projects include providing academic detailing to primary care physicians as a part of the PCORI project “Integrated Smoking Cessation Treatment for Smokers with Serious Mental Illness” and working to improve engagement of psychiatric patients in smoking cessation treatment in the inpatient setting.

Aurora Quaye, M.D. Co-Investigator, Study Physician
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Dr. Aurora Quaye is a clinical investigator at the Center of Addiction Medicine and an Instructor in Anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Quaye received her BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University and her MD from Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Quaye completed her residency in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and her fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She serves as a member of the Acute Pain Service and the Opioid Task Force at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Quaye is currently conducting research on identifying perioperative opioid reduction strategies for patients at risk of, or suffering from, opioid use disorders.

Christine Ulysse, M.S. Biostatistician
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Christine Ulysse received her B.S. in Biometry & Statistics at Cornell University in 2014 and completed her Master’s in Biostatistics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Throughout her academic career, she has worked on various projects relating to sedation management strategy in children with severe lung disease, prenatal exposure to maternal stress and childhood wheeze, associations between sexual dysfunction and inflammatory bowel disease and improving the rate of linkage and retention in HIV care in Brazil.

Lauren Scott, B.S. Grant Administrator
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Lauren Scott received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Health Management and Policy. She is the Grant Administrator for the Center for Addiction Medicine, primarily helping with grant submissions and managing post-award activities.

Kerrin Poole, MA Grant Administrator
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Kerrin earned her BA in Anthropology from Vassar College in 2014 and is currently pursuing her MBA through Johns Hopkins University. She is the Grant Administrator for the Center for Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Medicine divisions within the Psychiatry Department at MGH.

Nina Levar, Ph.D. Research Fellow
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Nina Levar received her B.Sc. in computer science/Bioinformatics from Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf/Germany and received her M.Sc. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Amsterdam/The Netherlands.  She pursued her Ph.D. at the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam in the field of cognitive neuroimaging focusing on emotion regulation and fear learning. In October 2016, she joined CAM to continue her focus on neuroimaging research under Dr. Gilman. Her research focuses on understanding the neural correlates of marijuana use in young healthy adults, as well as the impact of marijuana on psychiatric disorders. She has extensive expertise in fMRI acquisition and analysis, as well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy, EEG, and psychophysiology.

Kathryn Hagan Bentley, PhD Clinical and Research Fellow, Depression Clinical and Research Program
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Dr. Kate Bentley received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2017 from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy track at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research is largely focused on the development, evaluation, and implementation of transdiagnostic interventions for suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Her postdoctoral fellowship involves testing a transdiagnostic, emotion-focused, group-based intervention for young adults with substance use disorders and co-occurring emotional distress (anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and/or non-suicidal self-injury).

Eve Manghis, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Eve Manghis graduated with her AB in Social Studies from Harvard College in 2016. At CAM she works on the PCORI-funded study investigating integrated smoking cessation treatment for smokers with serious mental illness. She also coordinates Dr. Jodi Gilman’s fNIRS study examining the effects of marijuana on the brain and Dr. Nina Levar’s trauma study on decision making and marijuana use. Her research interests include the neurological impacts of substance use on cognition and mental illness and the role of social and economic factors in determining mental health outcomes.

Mike Vilme, B.S. Research Coordinator
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Mike obtained his BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is involved in the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project at the Center for Addiction Medicine aiming to integrate smoking cessation medicines to people with serious mental illness. Mike’s main interest in translational addiction research and global dissemination of new medical discoveries.  

Christopher McGovern, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Christopher McGovern graduated from Stonehill College with a BA in Psychology. His current role at CAM involves working as a research coordinator on a study investigating integrated smoking cessation treatment for smokers with serious mental illness, which is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is primarily interested in the correlates between substance abuse, serious mental illness, and suicide.

 

Christie Yunyao Wu, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Christie Yunyao Wu graduated from Tufts University in 2016, where she majored in clinical psychology. At CAM, she currently  coordinates an NIH-funded clinical trial that investigates Nicotine Reduction in Cigarette Smokers with Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Her research interests include substance use disorder in low- and /or middle-income countries and how cultural factors affect substance use and treatment efficacy. She is also interested in co-occurring  substance use and mood disorders in a global context

Maya Hareli, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Maya Hareli graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. She currently coordinates a study examining the efficacy of a contingency management plan on abstinence from cannabis, as well as the effects of cannabis abstinence on cognition, in high school-aged adolescents. Her research interests include the development of school-based prevention and intervention programs for children and adolescents with comorbid psychopathology as well as understanding the relation between addiction and psychopathology.

Alyson Dechert, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Alyson Dechert graduated with her BA in Psychology from Whittier College. At CAM, she works primarily with Dr. Gilman on a study which examines the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use. She also works on the fNIRS study, which uses a novel imaging device to detect acute intoxication of THC. Additionally, she works with Drs. Cather and Schnitzer on a study which uses a behavioral intervention to help people with serious mental illness manage their type 2 diabetes. Her research interests are in clinical psychology, and she is particularly interested in studying depression treatment methods which combine therapeutic and pharmacological approaches. She plans to apply for PhD programs in clinical psychology to continue studying these topics.

Hannah Broos, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Hannah Broos graduated from Bowdoin College with a coordinate degree in Psychology and Education. At CAM she is working primarily on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded study investigating integrated smoking cessation treatment for smokers with serious mental illness. Her research interests include the comorbidity of mental illness and substance use disorders, along with the role of emotion processing in the development and expression of psychopathology.

Kelsey Lowman, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Kelsey Lowman graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. At CAM, she works on a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), investigating the impact of integrated smoking cessation treatment on care provided to smokers with severe mental illness. She is primarily interested in community-based research aimed to improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness, specifically those suffering from psychosis and/or trauma-related disorders.

 

Rachel Plummer, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Rachel Plummer graduated from William and Mary with a bachelors degree in psychology. At CAM she is primarily working with Dr. Gilman on the medical marijuana research study, which looks at the effects of medical marijuana on neurocognition and escalation of use. Her research interests include the development of substance abuse prevention programs for youth and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical health psychology in the next couple of years.