Felicia Greenfield is director of clinical research operations and care programs. She earned a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and completed her clinical training from the University of Pennsylvania’s Section of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2011. She has been with the Penn Memory Center since 2006. Felicia oversees clinical research operations at the Center. She supervises master’s level social work interns from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and provides counseling and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to patients and their families. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
Sara first joined the Penn Memory Center in Summer 2014 during which she held a Research Assistant position with Dr. Karlawish’s research team. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society with a minor in Gerontology from Cornell University in 2015, she joined Dr. Karlawish’s research team again as a Research Coordinator. She is working on multiple projects including the SOKRATES interview study and a cognitive health messaging study as part of the CDC’s Healthy Brain Research Network. Sara is passionate about pursuing a career in medicine in order to serve the aging population as a geriatrician.
Tigist joined the Penn Memory Center in January 2013 as a Coordinator for Diversity in Research and Education. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s in Public Health Psychology and Africana Studies. She is currently a part time student in the Master of Public Health Program at University of Pennsylvania. As the Coordinator for Diversity in Research, she works to develop, implement and monitor the Penn Memory Center’s multicultural recruitment with a particular focus on increasing participation within the African American community in NACC and other research studies with 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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Work Interns
Alison joined the Penn Memory Center in 2015. 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. Alison received a B.A. in Sociology from Kenyon College in 2011. After graduation, Alison worked in admissions at a Continuing Care Retirement Community for career military officers in Washington, DC.
Public Health Interns
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.