Clinical Core

The Clinical Core Rrecruits and phenotypes elderly controls and research participants with MCI, AD, and other degenerative dementias for participation in clinical and genetic studies.

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