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.
Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology, & Psychology Departments, Chief Psychologist, Section Director of Neuropsychology, University of Michigan Health System
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.
Ashley is an assistant for the Outreach and Recruitment Team. She aids 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 is currently in her second year of her Master’s program in Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health.
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.
Holly Bunker joined the MADC in February of 2018 as the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. Holly has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Health Education from Wayne State University. She has worked most recently as a scheduler in the Pediatric Pulmonary Lab at Mott's Children's Hospital. She also previously worked as a health educator at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She currently lives in South Lyon with her husband and two daughters. Holly will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling for MADC supported research studies, supporting the MADC REC Core, staffing information tables at MADC sponsored educational and health fair events, and assisting with the Lewy Body Dementia support groups
Erin Fox is the MADC Community Relations and Events Coordinator. Erin comes from a career in the food manufacturing industry. She brings a background in communications, marketing, and event planning from working with national brands like SUNSET Produce and Eden Foods. Passionate about health and wellness, Erin couldn’t be more excited to transition into the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Communication Studies. Erin will be responsible for coordinating the communications, planning and marketing of Center programs and events in the community. She will plan events for the center including health fairs, symposiums, and fundraisers, she will maintain media for the center including press releases, social media, website maintenance and newsletters, and she will create informational and marketing materials for the center.
Morgan Perry joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in January 2018. She is part of the data core, assisting with data entry, verification, and finalization. Morgan is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at the University of Michigan-Flint. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and Biology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Nic joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in February of 2018. Nic is a database specialist working with the Data Management and Statistical Core team and Clinical Core team. He helps ensure the integrity and security of high-quality data collected and managed by the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center. Prior to joining the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center, Nic managed and analyzed large volumes of sensitive educational measurement data in the language assessment field. He earned a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Katrina Macaraeg joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in February 2018. She is part of the Data Core research team where she assists with data entry in addition to data compilation and verification for PIs requesting research statistics. Katrina earned her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Eastern Mennonite University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech. Her thesis focused on a treatment regimen for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Her research interests are in Neuro-ophthalmology, memory loss and dementia.