Faculty & Staff


The Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is comprised of eight research cores: Administrative, Clinical, Research Engagement, Data Management, Neuropathology, Biospecimen, Outreach Recruitment and Engagement, and Minority Engagement. These teams collectively enable Goizueta ADRC to improve the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other mild cognitive impairment illnesses through research, education, and compassionate care.

Alzheimer's Research Team

The Administrative Core facilitates and integrates all Goizueta ADRC components and activities, providing an environment conducive to successful development and advancement of basic and clinical Alzheimer’s disease-related research.

Allan Levey, MD, PhD

Goizueta ADRC Director

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Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, 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 Goizueta 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.

James Lah, MD, PhD

Goizueta ADRC Associate Director & Clinical Core Leader

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James J. Lah, MD, PhD, 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 he completed Neurology residency training at Emory. His research interest is in the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Cecelia Manzanares

Goizueta ADRC Administrator

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The Clinical Core recruits and phenotypes elderly controls and research participants with Mild Cognitive Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative dementias for participation in clinical and genetic studies.

James Lah, MD, PhD

Clinical Core Leader

James J. Lah, MD, PhD, 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 he 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, PhD, 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.

Ihab Hajjar, MD

Clinical Core Co-leader

Monica Parker, MD

Minority Outreach

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Education Core Member of the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory. 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. 

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.

Gail Schwartz, BSN

Clinical Research Nurse

Phyllis Vaughn, BSN

Clinical Research Nurse

The Data Management and Statistical Core provides data management support and statistical and epidemiologic consultation to facilitate research of other cores and research projects utilizing resources of the Goizueta ADRC. The Core also facilitates local analyses and collaborations with the broader research community.

The Neuropathology Core performs comprehensive neuropathology assessments of Goizueta ADRC cases; and they maintain biospecimen banks to facilitate molecular, pathological, and genetic studies of Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.

Jonathan Glass, MD

Neuropathology Core Leader

Marla Gearing, PhD

Neuropathology Core Co-leader

Bartholomew White, MD

Neuropathology Faculty

The Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core facilitates the goals of the Goizueta ADRC by:

  • Enhancing Alzheimer’s disease research recruitment, particularly of under-represented groups
  • Educating the public and health care providers about the importance of early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, treatment, and research
  • Supporting the development of AD research and clinical skills

Kenneth Hepburn, PhD

ORE Core Leader

Ken Hepburn, PhD, Director of the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Education Core, is a gerontologist and a Professor in Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory. For the past thirsty years he has specialized in the development and testing of materials and programs designed to help persons caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.

Monica Parker, MD

Minority Outreach

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Education Core Member of the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory. 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.

Cornelya Dorbin, MPA

Outreach Director

Cornelya Dorbin is a public administration executive who manages special projects, marketing, and outreach initiatives within the Goizueta 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.

Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGCPCNP-BC, FAANP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cecelia Manzanares

Goizueta ADRC Administrator

Deqiang Qiu, PhD

Biomarker Core Co-Leader, Imaging

Nicholas Seyfried, PhD

Biomarker Core Co-Leader, Proteomics

Thomas Wingo, MD

Biomarker Core Co-Leader, Genetics

Monica Parker, MD

Minority Engagement Core Leader

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Education Core Member of the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory. 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.

Cornelya Dorbin, MPA

Outreach Director

Cornelya Dorbin is a public administration executive who manages special projects, marketing, and outreach initiatives within the Goizueta 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.

Crystal Davis, MPH

Outreach Coordinator

Ihab Hajjar, MD

Research Education Component Co-Leader

David Weinshenker, PhD

Research Education Component Co-Leader

Ranjita Betarbet, PhD

Research Education Component Faculty

Shakyra Tyus, MPH

Research Education Component Coordinator