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.

Founding Director Center for Addiction Medicine, Principal Investigator, Cox Family Professor of Psychiatry in the field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolA. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Addiction Medicine Director, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, 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

 

John 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 Associate Director, 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

 

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

 

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

 

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. 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

 

Melissa Maravic, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Project Director Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical SchoolMelissa Maravic, PhD, MPH, 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 MPH 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 PhD…more

 

Jodi Gilman, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical SchoolJodi Gilman

Dr. Gilman received her BS from Tufts University in 2004, and her PhD 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

 

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, MS in statistics in 2005, Ph.D. in psychology in 2007), Dr Hoeppner collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used…more

 

Brandon G. Bergman, Ph.D.

Associate Director Research Recovery Institute, Instructor Harvard Medical SchoolBrandon G. Bergman, Ph.D., Research Scientist

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

 

Randi Schuster, Ph.D.

Director of Neuropsychology, Principal InvestigatorRandi Schuster

Dr. Schuster is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her BA from University of Maryland, College Park and her PhD 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

 

Kristina Cieslak, M.D.

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

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

 

Aurora Quaye, M.D.

Principal Investigator, Study Physician,  Instructor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

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…more

 

Corrie L. Vilsaint, Ph.D.

Research FellowCorrie L. Vilsaint, Ph.D. Research Fellow

Dr. Vilsaint is a community psychologist who received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia. In graduate school, she was funded by a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study racial/ethnic disparities as…more

 

David Eddie, Ph.D.

Clinical and Research FellowDavid_Eddie

Dr. David Eddie received his B.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He completed his clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. While at Rutgers, he investigated neurobiological vulnerabilities that heighten risk for the development of dependence on alcohol and other drugs, as well as processes that maintain…more

 

Nina Levar, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dr. 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 PhD at the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam in the field of cognitive neuroimaging focusing on emotion regulation and fear learning. In October 2016,…more

 

Kathryn Hagan Bentley, PhD.

Clinical and Research Fellow

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…MORE

 

Kerrin Poole, M.B.A.

Grant Administrator

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

 

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, B.A.

Research AssistantNilo Fallah-Sohy, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator

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, B.A.  

Research AssistantNate Kelly, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator

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

 

Alexandra Plante, M.A.  

Research AssistantMassachusetts General Hospital, MGH, Mass General, portrait, headshot, for web site

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

 

Mike Vilme, B.S.  

Research AssistantVilme

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.

 

Eve Manghis, B.A.  

Research AssistantManghis

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…more

 

Christopher McGovern, B.A.  

Research Assistant

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,…more

 

Christie Yunyao Wu, B.A.  

Research Assistant

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…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

Aly Dechert graduated with her BA in Psychology from Whittier College. At CAM she works primarily on the Effects of Medical Marijuana on Neurocognition and Escalation of Use with Dr. Gilman. Her research interests include clinical, social, and neuropsychology, and she plans to apply for PhD programs in these disciplines.

 

Hannah Broos, B.A.

Research Assistant

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…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

 


 

A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
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A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H., Ceneter for Addiction Medicine Director, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, 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 a fellowship in molecular biology at the Mailman Research Center of McLean Hospital, a fellowship in clinical research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005.

Dr. Evins has 17 years consecutive NIDA funding to conduct, as PI, studies of efficacy of pharmacotherapeutic cessation aids in smokers with and without serious mental illness, of the effect of nicotine on cognitive performance in those with and without schizophrenia, of behavioral, physiologic and fMRI ascertained assessments of impulsivity, risk taking, reactivity to drug-related cues and the relationship between cue reactivity and relapse to drug use and a newer line of investigation into the effect of cannabis on psychiatric symptoms, cognitive function, and addictive behaviors. She has conducted a series of studies that have changed clinical practice guidelines for smoking cessation for those with serious mental illness. Cochrane Reviews on smoking cessation in schizophrenia are based largely on this work (Tsoi et al.; 2010, 2013 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews). Dr. Evins has extensive ties with Community Health Centers that have made it possible to conduct large clinical studies. She has been PI of a 10-site multi-center study conducted in community mental health centers across 6 US states.

She has mentored over 35 junior investigators, many with K awards, has authored 100 publications, including 42 publications with a mentee as first author.

John 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
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Associate Director, 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 such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the national Institutes of Health (NIH); to non-Federal institutions, such as the Betty Ford Institute and the Hazelden Foundation; and internationally to foreign governments. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journals, Addiction, and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process which has included specific research on the effectiveness of mutual-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as adjuncts to formal care. His additional research endeavors have focused on the translation and implementation of evidence-based practice, addiction and criminal justice, addiction treatment theories and mechanisms of action, and reducing stigma associated with addiction.

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Cori Cather, Ph.D. Director Psychology Services MGH Schizophrenia Program, Assistant in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
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Cori 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 the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program in 1999 as a fellow. She has extensive experience as a clinician-researcher with first episode/early psychosis as well as with chronic schizophrenia and she has developed an international reputation as one of the few practitioners in the US skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy in schizophrenia. She has participated in a number of trials that investigate the efficacy of combined behavioral and psychopharmacological treatments for nicotine dependence in smokers with severe mental illness and has manualized treatments for enhancing motivation to quit smoking, smoking cessation and relapse prevention for this population of smokers.

Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D. Director of Dual Diagnoses Studies at the Depression Clinical Research Program, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
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Paola 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 Alcohol Use Disorders and on developing psychosocial treatments for these conditions. She has been awarded funding from Harvard Medical School, the National Institute Of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research. Her current work includes a study examining the effectiveness of a novel psychosocial intervention for heavy drinking and depressive symptoms in college students, and a multi-method study investigating positive and negative reinforcement processes at the bases of binge drinking. She has published and presented extensively on the co-occurrence of depressive symptoms and substances use among college students. She is an expert in the delivery of CBT and developed several CBT based treatment manuals for patients with co-occurring disorders.

Bettina Hoeppner, Ph.D. Director of Biostatistics, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
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Bettina 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, MS in statistics in 2005, Ph.D. in psychology in 2007), Dr Hoeppner collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used computer-delivered expert systems based on the Transtheoretical Model to provide participants with tailored intervention materials. Thereafter, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University that focused on addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults. Dr Hoeppner joined the Center for Addiction Medicine in 2010. Her K01 research project uses Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to delineate the temporal ordering of changes in smoking outcome expectancies relative to smoking cessation by collecting fine-grained, real-time data on college student smokers undergoing smoking cessation treatment. As such, her 5-year K01 training and research plan builds upon her existing strengths of advanced statistical training and experience with theory-driven health behavior interventions to enable her to take full advantage of modern technology to delineate the causal mechanisms underlying the process of smoking cessation.

Gladys Pachas, M.D. Program Director Center for Addiction Medicine, Assistant in Research Psychiatry, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
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Gladys 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. Her research interests are the development of behavioral treatments and new evidence-based novel treatment for smoking cessation and relapse prevention in people with and without serious mental illness. Dr. Pachas is the recipient of the NIMH-NCDEU Young Investigator Award, the MGH Clinical Research Day Departmental Award in Psychiatry, the NIH-NIDA Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse Fellowship, the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Fellowship and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Health Disparities fellowship. Dr Pachas is involved in the clinical component of complex Phase II trials of novel pharmacologic agents all of them for smoking cessation and relapse prevention.

Jodi Gilman, Ph.D. Neuroscientist, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
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Neuroscientist, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gilman received her BS from Tufts University in 2004, and her PhD 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 effects of cannabis on the brains of young adult users. She is the receipient of the Norman Zinberg Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Harvard Medical School, as well as a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse entitled “Neurobehavioral Characterization of Social Influence in Drug Addiction.” Dr. Gilman’s work has been features in media outlets throughout the wrold, including Reuter’s, NPR’s Science Friday broadcast, and the BBC. More information on her work can be found at http://scholar.harvard.edu/jodigilman/news.

Melissa Maravic, Ph.D., M.P.H. Project Director Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study, Instructor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
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Melissa Maravic, PhD, MPH, 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 MPH 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 PhD in Medical Anthropology and Social Science Research Methods from the University Professors Program at Boston University. Her research interests are understanding and improving the health and mental health of vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on addiction, trauma and psychotic disorders. After spending several years as director of research and evaluation at a Latino community health center and as director of analytics and behavioral science at a health engagement management company, she has returned to CAM as Project Director of the PCORI project “Integrated Smoking Cessation Treatment for Smokers with Serious Mental Illness.”

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

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 Psychology). Dr. Bergman’s research interests include treatment/recovery among young adults with co-occurring SUD and psychiatric disorders as well as community-based mutual-help organizations. His work has been recognized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), and by an MGH/HMS institutional award. Dr. Bergman received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, including a predoctoral clinical internship in the MGH/HMS Department of Psychiatry. He completed a combined clinical/research postdoctoral fellowship at ARMS and CAM in 2014.

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.

Haiyue Zhang, M.S. Biostatistician, MGH Center for Addiction Medicine and MGH Biostatistics Center
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Haiyue Zhang received her Baccalaureate summa cum laude in science with a concentration in bioinformatics at Stony Brook University in 2014 and completed her Master’s Biostatistics program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015, with the thesis “Variable Selection Under Multiple Imputation For Missing Data.” Her expertise includes data managing, statistical modeling, survival analysis, and longitudinal analysis. With a background in biology and applied mathematics, she has research experience in the regulation of gene expression during Drosophila early development.

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.

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.

Randi Schuster, Ph.D. Director of Neuropsychology, Principal Investigator
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Randi Schuster

Dr. Schuster is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her BA from University of Maryland, College Park and her PhD 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 at-risk young adults using ecological momentary assessment. She joined CAM in July 2014 as a post-doctoral fellow after completing her clinical internship in neuropsychology at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She was the recipient of the Norman Zinberg Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry and the Livingston Fellowship from Harvard Medical School as well as the Louis V. Gerstner III Research Scholar Award from MGH. She is currently funded off of a five-year K23 from NIH-NIDA, which is examining the utility of contingency management interventions in promoting cannabis abstinence as well as the reversibility of cognitive deficits during 30 days of cannabis discontinuation among high school-aged adolescents.

Corrie L. Vilsaint, Ph.D. Research Fellow
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Corrie L. Vilsaint, Ph.D. Research Fellow

Dr. Vilsaint is a community psychologist who received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia. In graduate school, she was funded by a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study racial/ethnic disparities as outcomes of drug use. She also uses Item Response Theory to evaluate tests and measurements.

Nina Levar, PhD 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 PhD 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).

David Eddie, Ph.D. Clinical and Research Fellow
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Dr. David Eddie received his B.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He completed his clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. While at Rutgers, he investigated neurobiological vulnerabilities that heighten risk for the development of dependence on alcohol and other drugs, as well as processes that maintain addictive disorders. He continues this research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine and Recovery Research Institute, where he is presently investigating psychophysiological biomarkers of alcohol use disorder relapse risk. He is also interested in addiction treatment and recovery processes, as well as drug and treatment policy, and is membership, and conference program chair for the American Psychological Association’s Society of Addiction Psychology.

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

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

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.

Madeleine Fontaine, B.A. Research Coordinator
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Madeleine Fontaine, BA, Research Coordinator at MGH Center for Addiction Medicine

Madeleine Fontaine graduated with her BA in Psychology from Clark University in 2015. At CAM she is working primarily on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded study investigating integrated smoking cessation treatment for smokers with serious mental illness. Her research interests include the intersection of race, class, and gender on addiction and substance use.

Alexandra Plante, M.A. Communication Coordinator
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Alexandra Plante, Communication Coordinator

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. In addition to substance use treatment and recovery, her research interests include studies of human behavior and decision-making.

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 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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Aly Dechert graduated with her BA in Psychology from Whittier College. At CAM she works primarily on the Effects of Medical Marijuana on Neurocognition and Escalation of Use with Dr. Gilman. Her research interests include clinical, social, and neuropsychology, and she plans to apply for PhD programs in these disciplines.

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 Coordinators
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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.