Felicia Greenfield is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and Director of Clinical Research Operations and Care Programs at the Penn Memory Center. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Social Policy and Practice. Felicia earned a Master’s in Social Work from the Penn in 2008 and completed her clinical training, also at Penn, in the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. Felicia’s clinical practice focuses on issues affecting older adults with a particular emphasis on dementia caregivers. She is a provider of individual, family and group therapy and teaches caregiving classes to spouses and adult children who support loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Felicia supervises Master’s level students of Social Work from Penn’s Aging Concentration completing their year-long internship at the Penn Memory Center.
Alison is a licensed social worker and the Assistant Director of Care Programs at the Penn Memory Center. Alison earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and completed her clinical training at the Penn Memory Center and the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. Alison provides counseling, education and individual psychotherapy to patients and their family caregivers, and supports PMC’s Memory Café, Caregiver Class, and monthly support groups. Alison also works to recruit and schedule participants for the NACC research program.
Research Project Coordination
Shira joined the Penn Memory Center in May 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator on Dr. Arnold’s team. She graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008 and has since been working on various research projects at Penn, including studies in sleep, tobacco use and opiate addiction. In the future, she wishes to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant.
Caroline joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a student research assistant. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying the Biological Basis of Behavior. She currently works with Ivy Mesa in assisting research participants with scheduling as well as with biological sample collection. Caroline hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future.
David Camacho is a summer student at the Perelman School of Medicine. He is participating in a pre-medical enrichment program offered by the Center of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a rising senior at Oakwood University, where he is studying biomedical sciences. He took part in a study to determine inter-rater reliability with respect to manual segmentation of the medial temporal lobe. He is also facilitating with the compilation of an atlas that can hopefully be used as a diagnostic tool for cognitive impairments.
Martha joined the Penn Memory Center in 2010 after working at Sanofi Aventis as a Clinical Project Assistant and elsewhere as a research coordinator on psychiatric studies. Currently, as a Senior Research Coordinator, she works with patients and families completing several studies including IGIV, LFAN and GE005. She also guides the efforts of her assigned research coordinators, and manages interaction between the PMC and the Penn Institutional Review Board (IRB), the body which regulates protocol and conduct of university research studies. Martha has a BS from Boston College and an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) – Hartford Graduate Center campus.
Courtney Coulter joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a new patient care coordinator for the Penn Memory Center. With a background in customer service, Courtney has spent more than four years overseeing medical records, managing physician credentialing, and interacting with patients on a daily basis at a nursing and rehabilitation center. She earned her associate degree in business administration in 2013 and a BS in health administration in 2015, both from Gwynedd Mercy University. Courtney hopes to pursue a master’s degree in health administration.
Tigist joined the Penn Memory Center in 2013 as the Coordinator for Diversity in Research and Education. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. As the Coordinator for Diversity in Research and Education, she works to develop, implement and monitor the Penn Memory Center’s multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing research participation amongst African Americans in NACC and other research studies. She leads the outreach work of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; Clinical Core; Research Education Core; and the Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health.
Kristin joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team in 2007. She works on the SOKRATES interview study; the Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer’s Disease (REVEAL) study; and other activities for the Penn Prevention Research Center’s Healthy Brain Research Network Center, a member of the CDC supported Healthy Brain Research Network, dedicated to surveillance, education, awareness, and empowerment that promotes brain health that promotes brain health. She graduated from Truman State University with a major in psychology and a minor in statistical methods. Currently, she is a part-time student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health Program.
Joseph joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a clinical research coordinator. Before joining PMC, he was a clinical research assistant within the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction in Penn Behavioral Health. Joseph received his BS in interdisciplinary health services with minors in biology and health care ethics from Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a post-baccalaureate student at Penn and plans to develop a career at the intersection of clinical medicine, health care innovation, and research in the future.
Nayoung joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2012. Prior to joining the PMC, Nayoung served as a Clinical Research Coordinator at another research institution, where her primary areas of study comprised of pain related studies in Orthopaedic Surgery. At the PMC, Nayoung is engaged in the LEARN study.
Ivy joined the Penn Memory Center in 2006, assisting research participants, patients, families, and clinicians as part of the front office team. In 2011, she began a new role, as appointment manager for Latino study participants, and visit scheduler for the more than 400 patients and normal controls active in our NACC research program. Ivy is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Natalie joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016 as a summer intern. She is currently an undergraduate at Loyola University Maryland studying biochemistry. She is assisting Clinical Research Coordinator Shira Blady. Natalie hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future.
Jessica began working at the Penn Memory Center part-time while a high school student. She now coordinates studies, currently including ADNI 2 and Pfizer-Bapi; conducts screenings and administers psychometic testing to Spanish-speaking patients and study participants, and assists as needed with patient visit flow. Jessica is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Arun joined the Penn Memory Center in September 2015 as a research specialist for Dr. David Wolk’s studies. Before joining PMC, he worked in mental health settings for two years as a mental health counselor under the supervision of licensed psychiatrists. Arun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Paterson University in 2012 and attended a graduate program at Temple University’s School of Social Work before switching his career path to medicine. He is also a post-baccalaureate student at Penn and plans to attend medical school in the near future.
Grace joined the Penn Memory Center in June of 2013 as a research specialist for Dr. David Wolk. She is currently working as a clinical research coordinator on the Biogen study. She also does work on the Avid, ASL-PET and EmPCAD studies. She received a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Haverford College in 2013. She is currently a part-time student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Public Health Program.
Loren joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as a Clinical Research Assistant. She has worked in various clinical research positions for more than 10 years. Loren has her medical assistant certificate and an AS in culinary arts, and she is studying medical billing and coding.
Laura joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015 as a psychometrist. She administers cognitive assessments to patients and research participants. She graduated from the University of the Sciences in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in the future.
Hannah has been as psychometrician at the Penn Memory Center since 2004. She administers cognitive testing to patients and other research participants at the PMC, and conducts testing at outreach sites such as the Ann’s Choice Retirement Community in Warminster, PA. Hannah also coordinates the Stress, Cognition, and Resilience Study. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in History and Philosophy.
At Penn, David founded a group called Action Potential that teaches biology and neuroscience to students in West Philadelphia public schools. In a pharmacology lab, he also has researched how stress can affect learning and memory. David expects to graduate from University of Pennsylvania in May 2017 with a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior with a certificate in chemistry.
Terrence Casey joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015. As Social Media and Communications Coordinator, he manages content for Penn Memory Center and the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; the CDC-funded Healthy Brain Research Network Center; and the Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program. Terrence has a decade of experience as a journalist in the Philadelphia and State College regions. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism.
Terrence is also the editor of makingsenseofalzheimers.org, a creative space for understanding the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. Making Sense of Alzheimer’s is an evolving forum for conversation about the disease. Its collection of ideas captures the many dimensions of Alzheimer’s, through the perspective of caregivers, patients, artists, researchers and clinicians. Utilizing multi-media formats such as slideshows, video, and audio clips, along with written stories, the site explores the changing understanding of what Alzheimer’s is and how this affects our ethics and ideas of personhood.
Darby Marx joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016. As an editorial intern, she helps with Penn Memory Center communications and writes for Making Sense of Alzheimer’s. Darby, the editor in chief of the Penn Bioethics Journal, is interested in the intersection between bioethics, Alzheimer’s disease, and public science education. She is expected to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2017 with a B.A. in the biological basis of behavior and certificates in bioethics, Spanish, and chemistry.
Social Work Interns
Deirdre joined the Penn Memory Center in September 2016. She is in her final year working towards her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Aging Concentration program fellow. Under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, she provides counseling, education, and support to patients and their families. Deirdre received a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University in 2013 and is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). After graduation, Deirdre worked as a music therapist in the recreational therapy department of an assisted living facility and then a skilled nursing facility. After graduation, she plans to continue her work as a social worker with older adults in the Philadelphia area.
Megan joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016. She is currently in her final year in pursuit of her Masters in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Aging Concentrate Scholar. Under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, she provides education, support, and counseling to patients and their families. Megan received a BA in Psychology from Simmons College in 2014 and worked in an assisted living facility in Boston, MA after graduation.
Kelsey joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016. She is in her final year working towards her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Aging Certificate program fellow. Under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, she provides counseling, education and support to patients and their families, and coordinates the Memory Café program. Kelsey received a duel BA in Sociology and Spanish from Susquehanna University in 2011. After graduation, Kelsey did a year of service with AmeriCorps, and worked with youth and families in State College, PA and Philadelphia, PA before returning to graduate school. Kelsey hopes to continue working with older adults and their families in her future career.
Lauren joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016. She is a second-year MSW student at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Penn Aging Concentration program scholar. Lauren completed her BA in Art History and Faith, Peace, and Justice at Boston College in 2011. She has previously worked in the Heart & Vascular Intensive Care Unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and with housing organizations in Philadelphia providing services to formerly homeless men and women. At PMC, Lauren works under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield, LCSW to provide counseling, support, and additional resources to patients and caregivers.
Public Health Interns
Noam Margalit joined the Penn Memory Center as a public health intern in 2016. She assists in conducting quality assessments of patient visits under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield and is a research assistant for the SOKRATES project. Noam is currently a post-baccalaureate premedical student at Bryn Mawr College and is interested in the intersection of bioethics, philosophy, and Alzheimer’s disease. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
Bethina Liu joined the Penn Memory Center as a public health intern in 2016. She is a contributor to the online component of the “Typical Day” project and assists in conducting quality assessments of patient visits under the supervision of Felicia Greenfield. Bethina is currently a post-baccalaureate premedical student at Bryn Mawr College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard College, with a secondary field in Mind/Brain/Behavior.
Jade McKnight joined the Penn Memory Center in 2016. She is a part-time student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master in Public Health Program. Under the supervision of Tigist Hailu, she will hold local health education presentations about brain health, Alzheimer’s disease and research as part of her MPH fieldwork experience. She will also work on the Dance for Health and Brain Health Research Registry projects. Jade graduated from Amherst College in 2013 with a degree in anthropology and now works full-time as the housing paralegal at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a non-profit, public interest law firm for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Project Management & Strategic Support
Dr. Kathryn Jedrziewski, Deputy Director of Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) since 2001, also serves as Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) Administrator. In that role, she is active in a nationwide network of fellow Center administrators on issues relating to the administration of NIH/NIA funds.
Dr. Jedrziewski received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She has worked in gerontology and geriatrics for the past thirty years.
Business & Administrative Support
Maria joined Penn in 2007 as an administrative assistant in the Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry Section and took on support for Penn Memory Center administrative matters in 2008 under former director Dr. Steven Arnold. In May 2015, Maria took over as administrative coordinator to co-directors Dr. Jason Karlawish and Dr. David Wolk. She handles all administrative issues and assists in project management, event coordination, and financial activities for the PMC. She has an AS degree in Business Administration from Peirce College.
Information Technology & Database Management
Rui Tong joined the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) and Penn Center for Bioinformatics (PCBI) as part of Dr. Li-San Wang’s research team in 2012. He took part in developing and using the pipelines to analyze various next-generation sequencing projects. He also participated in developing and maintaining Penn Integrated Neurodegenerative Disease Database (INDD) as well as other informatics projects for the centers. In 2013, he began a new role as the data manager for ADC, PMC, CNDR and several other collaborating centers, managing all IT and database-related infrastructures and operations. He has a BS in computer science from the National University of Singapore.