Professor of Neurology and Lucile Groff Chair of Neurology for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, UMHS
Dr. Paulson directs the MADC, working closely with MADC staff to define and implement the diverse initiatives through which the center fulfills its three-part mission. He joined the Center as Associate Director in 2009 and assumed Directorship in 2011. He has worked for more than twenty years on degenerative brain diseases, both inherited and acquired. As a neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Paulson is deeply committed to translating findings from the research bench to the patient bedside. Toward that goal, he is focused on building connections between scientists, clinicians and the public, not only across the University of Michigan campus but also across the state of Michigan. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and his Neurology training at the University of Pennsylvania.
Associated with the MADC for over 25 years, Dr. Giordani has a longstanding history of connecting with the community to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. He is the Chief of Psychology, and a tenured Professor in the Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology Departments as well as the School of Nursing. He is a University Faculty Ombuds at the University of Michigan. He has served on the Executive Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter (MGLC) since 2007 and has been both its Board Chair and National Representative, as well as a Steering Committee being a member of the national Association’s Assembly Steering Committee. His research initiatives focus on a cross-cultural perspective on the early assessment of cognitive and behavioral changes associated with medical illness and the interaction of cognition and mobility across the life-span. Dr. Giordani completed his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and received his postdoctoral training in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan.
Center Administrator, Department of Neurology, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center & Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research
Nancy oversees the MADC daily operations and is responsible for administrative, financial and human resources activities. She splits her time in providing administrative and financial management of both the Udall PD Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the MADC. Nancy earned her BA degree from Michigan State University. She has an outstanding record of service, having dedicated over twenty-five years of her career to the University of Michigan in various positions in the Medical School.
Arijit is the MADC’s Research Administrator. He has over 10 years experience managing neurodegenerative clinical trials and longitudinal research projects at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Ari's expertise lies in clinical research protocol management and working with cross-generation populations. He has a deep understanding of highly intricate grants that involve multiple investigators at multiple universities, complex budgets, and multiple sub-awards. Ari possesses all of these skills and is recognized by his peers for his ability to bridge the gap between research budgeting, research operations planning and execution of the research strategy at the MADC. He is an excellent communicator, emphasizing creative and dynamic strategies for multicultural, cross-generational and multipurpose understanding of research within our Center. Ari is a key driver of our Center’s goals. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling at Richmond University, London, UK, and studied Cognitive Psychology at the post-baccalaureate level at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SoCRA).
Since 2008, Dr. Rose has assisted the MADC with connecting to minority communities to provide education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research. She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in our MADC supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities and other social organizations. Dr. Rose received her MSW and PhD from Clark Atlanta University in Social Work Planning and Administration, and her undergraduate nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA.
Stephen aids in the process of helping potential volunteers find a study best suited to their needs and interests. He is most interested in providing ongoing support to research volunteers to help them locate resources in a timely and efficient manner. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Eastern Michigan University.
Sarah administers and scores the neuropsychological assessments for the Memory and Aging Project. In addition, she assists in managing the daily operations of ongoing research studies and participates in outreach and education activities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State
Since 2012, Laura has lead the Wellness Initiative for the MADC where she designs, implements and evaluates well-being and mindfulness-based programming for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Moved by family experiences with long-term illness and memory loss, Laura has worked in dementia care since 1994 in a variety of capacities. She was the first Director of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Silver Club Memory Loss Programs prior to serving as clinical manager of the Early Stage Initiative for the Los Angeles regional Alzheimer’s Association. She is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver well-being and holds advanced professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. Laura received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Renee is responsible for the management, performance and completion of OR Core activities at the MADC and in the community. She leads a wide range of MADC educational events, including health fairs, lectures and community presentations. Renee's job also focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of all activities and programs of the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative. Renee has nearly ten years of experience in dementia care, education, and support in the long term care setting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and her MBA in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Sherry has made her career at the University of Michigan for over thirty years and has been a vital member of the MADC team for more than twenty of those years. Sherry is involved in creating the secure data entry system. She ensures that all data collected from MADC supported studies remain confidential and ready for analysis by research investigators who are interested in enhancing our understanding of memory loss and dementia. She is very interested in spending time with the elderly to grow from their years of wisdom and their wonderful sense of humor.
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Matthew Perkins is the coordinator of the Michigan Brain Bank. He has been involved in research, specifically research of movement disorders, for over two years. Matthew coordinates the MADC’s brain autopsy services and collaborates with research groups across the University of Michigan campus. He is passionate about improving clinical care and research through his involvement in autopsy services. Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. For more information about the Michigan Brain Bank, visit the website.
Stephanie has been with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease center since July of 2015. Her work as a research assistant includes administering neuropsychological testing for the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP), performing EEG for the Community UrbanElectroencephalogram Study (CUES), recruiting for clinical trials and observational studies, and assisting with data entry.
Janet assists with the MADC minority outreach. She works closely with Dr. Edna Rose to connect minority communities with educational events about dementia and opportunities to participate in research. As a licensed practical nurse, Janet is involved in the clinical portion of the research visit for the UMMAP and CUES studies.
Erin Mobley has been with the MADC for two years, beginning as a Public Health intern and now as the Community Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. Erin graduated with a MPH/MSW from the University of Michigan as a part of the Geriatric Scholarship program. Erin is responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of Core activities at the MADC and in the community. She is responsible for providing education and support for those with dementia, recruiting for MADC supported studies, exploring opportunities for programs that blend education and wellness and coordinating REC Core programming.
Melissa Daily is part of the Outreach and Education team. She prepares and organizes needed materials for events, assists with disseminating Center news via social media, including twitter and Facebook, and assists with Center outreach activities including staffing information tables at educational and health fairs, churches, etc. She recently graduated from University of Michigan's School of Public Health where she studied Health Behavior and Health Education.
Ashley Miller is an intern for the Outreach and Education Team. She assists the center with outreach activities including staffing information tables, helping to plan MADC events, and organizing materials needed for activities and events. She also assists with disseminating center news through MADC newsletters and social media. She recently completed her first year of her Master’s program in Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health.
Nathan Love is a member of the MADC's Data Core. He primarily helps to maintain the MADC REDCap database, provide support for data entry and verification, as well as serving as a check for data quality. Nathan is a dual degree Master's student at UM School of Public Health and UM School of Public Policy.
Lisa Gustafson has been a member of the Clinical Core since May 2017. Her work at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center includes administering neuropsychological assessments, recruiting research participants for a variety of studies, participant education, and assisting with data entry and analysis. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
Allison joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2017. Her role includes administering neuropsychology assessments, recruiting for studies, and participant education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.
Rachael Snyder joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in July 2017. Her role includes recruiting and scheduling research participants as well as administering neuropsychological assessments. Rachael earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.