ADRC Faculty & Staff

Administration Core

Allan Levey, MD, PhD
ADRC Director

Allan I. Levey, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, is a board-certified Neurologist. He holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology. Dr. Levey also serves as Director of the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and the Emory University Medical Scientist Training Program. He trained at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His research interests include the genetics and molecular pharmacology of Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

Lary C. Walker, PhD
ADRC Associate Director

Lary C. Walker, PhD, is the Marie and E.R. Snelling Professor of Neurology, Research Professor of Neuropharmacology and Neurologic Disease at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Emory University.  He has pioneered studies of how disease-related proteins are induced to misfold, aggregate and spread in the brain.  He is a recipient of the 2014 MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research and a 2016 Humboldt Foundation Research Award at the University of Tübingen (German).

Education Core

Kenneth Hepburn, PhD
Education Core Leader

Ken Hepburn, PhD, Director of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Education Core, is a gerontologist who is a Professor in Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.  His area of special interest for the past thirty years has been the development and testing of materials and programs designed to help persons caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.

Susan Peterson-Hazan, MSW, LCSW
Education Core Co-Leader

Susan Peterson-Hazan, M.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in the education and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She coordinates the Alzheimer’s family education programs.

Angela Ashley, MD
Neurologist

Angela Ashley, M.D., Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist with special interests in dementia in African-Americans. She completed Neurology residency and Behavioral Neurology fellowship training at Emory. Dr. Ashley was responsible for the inception of the current Memory Assessment Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Cecelia Manzanares
ADRC Administrator

Monica Parker, MD
Minority Outreach

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Education Core Member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University.  She frequently speaks to civic and church groups about aging successfully and maintaining your brain’s health. Dr. Parker has played an integral part in leading research projects to test caregiver education programs that have been supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Larry Tune, MD
Psychiatrist

Larry Tune, M.D., Professor, is a board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist. Dr. Tune trained at Johns Hopkins University, and his research interests focus on behavioral and psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease and other dementing disorders.

Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGCPCNP-BC, FAANP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cornelya Dorbin, MPA
Outreach Director

Cornelya Dorbin is a public administration executive who manages special projects, marketing and outreach initiatives within the Emory ADRC.  She is deeply engaged in a range of efforts that foster exceptional program delivery and stakeholder engagement with patients, families and the general public.

Cornelya Dorbin, MPA
Outreach Director

Cornelya Dorbin is a public administration executive who manages special projects, marketing and outreach initiatives within the Emory ADRC.  She is deeply engaged in a range of efforts that foster exceptional program delivery and stakeholder engagement with patients, families and the general public.

Natalie Zellner, JD
Outreach Director

Natalie Zellner is a health care attorney with extensive experience in community outreach, education and advocacy.  As a member of the Education Core, she coordinates a broad range of programs and events to connect community members to research activities at the ADRC.

Patricia Griffiths, PhD

Dr. Patricia C. Griffiths is a Gerontologist and Health Research Scientist at the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Visual and Neural Rehabilitation.

Clinical Core

James Lah, MD, PhD
Clinical Core Leader

James J. Lah, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist, Associate Program Director, and an investigator in the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. He received his medical and PhD degrees from Ohio State University and completed Neurology residency training at Emory. His research interest is in the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Felicia Goldstein, PhD
Clinical Core Co-Leader

Felicia Goldstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor is a neuropsychologist and Director of the Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Neurology.  Dr. Goldstein's research interest centers around the neurobehavioral features associated with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, with a focus on the overlap between vascular comorbidities and cerebral white matter changes.

Susan Peterson-Hazan, MSW, LCSW
Education Core Co-Leader

Susan Peterson-Hazan, M.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in the education and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She coordinates the Alzheimer’s family education programs.

Angela Ashley, MD
Neurologist

Angela Ashley, M.D., Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist with special interests in dementia in African-Americans. She completed Neurology residency and Behavioral Neurology fellowship training at Emory. Dr. Ashley was responsible for the inception of the current Memory Assessment Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Monica Parker, MD
Minority Outreach

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Education Core Member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University.  She frequently speaks to civic and church groups about aging successfully and maintaining your brain’s health. Dr. Parker has played an integral part in leading research projects to test caregiver education programs that have been supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Larry Tune, MD
Psychiatrist

Larry Tune, M.D., Professor, is a board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist. Dr. Tune trained at Johns Hopkins University, and his research interests focus on behavioral and psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease and other dementing disorders.

Andrea Kippels, MSN, BSN
Nurse Practitioner

Andrea Kippels, MSN, BSN is a research and clinical nurse specialist with experience in care, management, education and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. She coordinates clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease.

Tamara Attis, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse

Becky Byram, M.Ed.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Becky Byram, M.Ed., joined Emory’s ADRC team as a clinical research coordinator for observational and prevention studies in 2014. Prior to joining the ADRC, she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and at Vanderbilt University, where she received her Master’s in Education. She is responsible for implementing research protocols, screening research participants, coordinating visit schedules, and managing data for research studies.

Erin Carter, MSW
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Evans, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Morgan Elmor, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha Heldenberg, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Tara Kemp, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Aaron Milloy, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

James L. Newman, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Rebekah Rogers, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Gail Schwartz, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse

Phyllis Vaughn, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse

Deborah Westover, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse

Michelle Wiles, BSN, MPH
Clinical Research Nurse

Leon Williams, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Natalie Zimmerman, M.Res.
Research Coordinator and Recruiter

Natalie Zimmerman, MRes, is a clinical research coordinator who manages recruitment for all of the currently enrolling clinical studies within the ADRC. As a member of the department, she is on the frontline of research by speaking with potential participants and their families. She is deeply engaged in finding the most beneficial study for participants from the clinic and within the community.

Alexandra Zdonczyk, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator

Neuropathology Core

Jonathan Glass, MD
Neruopathology Core Leader

Marla Gearing, PhD
Neuropathology Core Co-Leader

Daniel Brat, MD, PhD
Neuropathologist

Brian Ciliax, PhD
Neuroscientist

Stephen Hunter, MD
Neuropathologist

Deborah Cooper

Data Management Core

Kyle Steenland, PhD
Data Core Leader

John Hanfelt, PhD
Data Core Co-Leader