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Brian Allison

Education: BS (Psychology, Philosophy), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Research Specialist

With SCC Since: 2010

Responsibilities: Brian assists with several studies by recruiting participants, administering tasks, and collecting physiological data. He is also the Research Coordinator for Dr. Christopher Kline's Insomnia and Cardiovascular Health Study.

Email: allisonbp@upmc.edu

Laurie Brar

Education: MSN (Nursing), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Sr. Research Principal

With SCC Since: 2003

Responsibilities: Laurie provides clinical and administrative support to various protocols. Currently, her main focus involves helping to launch the Hypertension with Unsatisfactory Sleep Health (HUSH) trial.

Email: brarlk@upmc.edu

Mary "Happy" Fletcher

Education: BS (Computer Science), Edinboro University

Title: System Programmer/Analyst II

With SCC Since: 2006

Responsibilities: Happy manages data collected from several research protocols, including those within the SCC and also in the Renal/Electrolyte Division of the Department of Medicine.

Email: fletme@upmc.edu

Mary Gasiorowski

Education: BA (English), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Administrative Assistant – Senior

With SCC Since: 2010

Responsibilities: Mary provides administrative support to the Director of the Human Chronobiology Department, AgeWise Program Project Core and Project Principal Investigators, Program Coordinator and other P01 staff as well as to SCC faculty.

Email: gasiorowskimj@upmc.edu

Beth Hafer

Education: M.Ed. (Education), Duquesne University; BS (General Science), Penn State University

Title: Research Project Assistant

With SCC Since: 2012

Responsibilities: Beth works in the Child & Adolescent Sleep Lab on a variety of sleep studies involving children and young adults, such as PAN2, SIRA, SISTERS, SHED, and a K-12 dissemination study. Responsibilities include study coordination (e.g., recruitment, schedule management, collection of data, pre-processing of imaging data) and CASL lab management.

Email: haferbl@upmc.edu

Mark Jones, LCSW

Education: MSW (Social Work), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Senior Clinician

With SCC Since: 2010

Responsibilities: Mark provides diagnostic evaluations and administers CBTI and BBTI for multiple research studies conducted by Drs. Buysse and Germain.

Email: jonesmr@upmc.edu

Jean M. Miewald

Education: BA (Applied Mathematics), University of Montana

Title: Database Manager

With SCC Since: 1984

Responsibilities: Jean is responsible for the database design and data management for all the data collected in the SCC, both for SCC administration and for research purposes. She and her team are also responsible for making datasets of these data for analyses.

Email: miewaldjm@upmc.edu

Wambui Ngari

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Research Associate

With SCC Since: 2013

Responsibilities: Wambui is the study coordinator for Dr. Hasler's two studies. She handles participant recruitment and works with participants throughout their participation in the studies.

Email: ngariw@upmc.edu

Donna E. Rinaldo, MSW, LSW, ACSW

Education: BA (Psychology), University of Massachusetts; MSW (Social Work), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Senior Clinician

With SCC Since: 2010

Responsibilities: Donna has administered consents, psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, and CBTI for the AgeWise II Sleep Study since August, 2010.  She also administers psychiatric diagnostic evaluations for the SIRA Study, which began in the Fall of 2014.  In addition, she will be providing BBTI for the HUSH Study, beginning in April, 2015.

Email: rinaldode@upmc.edu

Staff

Barton French

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Systems Engineer

With SCC Since: 1983

Responsibilities: Barton works for the Office of Academic Computing, where he maintains servers and backups for research throughout UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, including research conducted in the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory.

Email: french@upmc.edu

Matthew Humes

Education: US Navy Electronics School (Sonar Equipment Maintenance and Repair), ITT Technical Institute (Specialized Electronics Engineering Technology)

Title: Senior Electronics Specialist

With SCC Since: 2010

Responsibilities: Matt supports, repairs, designs, and builds various electronic and electro-mechanical equipment for the N-CTRC, SCL, and Translational Neuroscience Program. He also performs preventative maintenance on equipment and wiring connections and troubleshoots and repairs signal acquisition problems.

Email: humesmw@upmc.edu

Dan Limpert, RPSGT

Education: BS (Psychology, Communications), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Registered PSG Technician II

With SCC Since: 1995

Responsibilities: Dan is responsible for acquiring reliable sleep evaluation studies with research participants as an RPSGT. He also scores, analyzes, and aggregates sleep study data for physician/PI review.

Email: limpertdc@upmc.edu

Christina Nicassio, MBA

Education: BS (Biology), Saint Vincent College; MS (Biology), Duquesne University; MBA, Argosy University

Title: Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory Manager

With SCC Since: 2006

Responsibilities: Christina is directly responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center (N-CTRC) Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory (SCL). She is the supervisor for N-CTRC staff (some of whom may report to first-line supervisors under his/her supervision) in addition to the primary liaison for faculty conducting studies in the N-CTRC. In addition, Ms. Nicassio is responsible for supervising and developing the acquisition and processing of N-CTRC data.

Email: nicassiocv@upmc.edu

Military Sleep Tactics & Resilience Research Team (M-STARRT)

Dr. Germains directs the Military Sleep Tactics & Resilience Research Team (M-STARRT), whose offices are primarily located at Sterling Plaza. Read the staff's individual profiles at www.veteranssleep.pitt.edu/meet-the-team


Missy DeVito

Education: Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Title:  Research Project Coordinator

Time with SCC: 17 years (since 1999)

Responsibilities:  Missy works for the Department of Psychiatry’s Research Review Committee.  Her responsibilities include coordinating all of the submissions, reviews, and approvals of all grant proposals to the RRC and KRP (K-Award Review Program) in the Department of Psychiatry.

Email:  mszycoml@upmc.edu


Eric Miller, RPSGT

Education:  BA (Communication Disorders), University of Pittsburgh

Title:  Polysomnographic Research Technician

With SCC since:  1985

Responsibilities:  Eric is responsible for acquiring reliable sleep evaluation studies with research participants as an RPSGT. He also scores, analyzes, and aggregates sleep study data for physician/PI review.

Email:  millerej@upmc.edu


Kristine DePolo

Education: Associates degree, Duff's Business Institute

Title:  Admin Assistant - Intermediate

Time with SCC: 13 years (since 2003)

Responsibilities:  Kris provides administrative support to the Sleep and Chronobiology Center clinic patients, faculty and postdoctoral scholars. She also assists the SCC administrator and provides support for the HUSH study.

Email:  depolokl@upmc.edu


J. David Cashmere

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Systems Programmer/Analyst II

With SCC Since: 1991

Responsibilities: David is responsible for the calibration, configuration and operation of all PSG and physiology systems within the SCL. He also performs daily processing/analysis of raw data collected within the SCL, including spectral editing of EEG signal.

Email: cashmerejd@upmc.edu

Alexandra DeLucia

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Penn State University

Title: Research Associate

With SCC Since: 2016

Responsibilities: screening potential participants and getting them started with HUSH, maintaining contact with participants throughout the study, facilitating participants' progress through the study

Email: deluciaa@upmc.edu


Sarah Kimutis

Education: (B.A , Psychology), Seton Hill University

Title: Research Specialist

With SCC Since: 2016

Responsibilities: Recruitment, screening, and facilitating the Sleep in Retirement research study

Email: kimutiss@upmc.edu


Aashna Waiwood

Education: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelors of Psychology, Sociology, and Business Administration (currently pursuing)

Title: Research Assistant

With SCC Since: 2016

Responsibilities: Recruiting and running participants for PASS, organizing and uploading data for PASS

Email: waiwooda@upmc.edu

Monica Winkelman, RPSGT

Education: BA (Psychology), La Roche College

Title: Lead Polysomnographic Research Technician

With SCC Since: 2004

Responsibilities: Monica is the lead PSG sleep technicians and supervises the team of RPSGTs. She also schedules sleep studies, acquires and scores sleep studies, and leads the PSG reliability and reporting operations.

Email: winkelmanm@upmc.edu


Christine Peng

Education: (BS, Psychology, Mathematics ), University of Pittsburgh

Title: Research Associate

With SCC Since: 2016

Responsibilities: Christine coordinates study procedures for the Sleep and Cognition (STARS) Study.  Her responsibilities include participant recruitment, screening, administering tasks, collecting data, and managing correspondences with study participants.

Email: pengcw@upmc.edu


Michael Lightfoot      

Education: MA, Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Title: Project Coordinator

With SCC Since: 2016

Responsibilities: Sleep in Retirement Study

Email: lightfootm@upmc.edu


Linda Willrich

Education: BS (Business Administration), Robert Morris University

Title: Center Administrator

With SCC Since: 2011

Responsibilities: Linda manages all research, fiscal and administrative activities of the Sleep and Chronobiology Center.

Email: willrichl@upmc.edu

Annette Marie Wood

Education: BA, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Systems Programmer Analyst

With SCC Since: 1993

Responsibilities: Pittsburgh site manager for SWAN, actigraphy program manager for SWAN national, data management in SIR, SISTERS, and AWII. Reigstered phlebotomist for SIR protocol. Expert in use of actigraphy in sleep studies, with more than 20 years of experience, developed data system to handle summary and epoch by epoch data. Helps orient new students and post-docs to our depertment.

Email: woodam@upmc.edu


Sarah Gratzmiller

Education:  BA (Psychology), Johns Hopkins University

Title: Research Specialist

With SCC Since: 2009

Responsibilities: Sarah assists with coordination, administration, and data processng across several studies involving adolescents and young adults (WAVE, SIRA, NCANDA, SISTERS).  She is currently coordinating the neuroimaging component of Dr. Goldstein's "Ways for Adolescents to Validate Emotions (WAVE)" study.

Email: gratzmillers@upmc.edu