STAFF

Sara Albert

Education: MA (Clinical Psychology), Marywood University; BA (Psychology), Pensylvania State University
Title: Research Associate
With CSCS Since: July 2019
Responsibilities: Sara received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marywood University, and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She has been involved in various research since 2015 and has experience with screening participants and conducting the study, establishing protocols, using fMRI scanners, and organizing and coding data. She is currently working with Dr. Jessica Levenson as a research associate on both the Targeted Approaches for Promoting Adolescent Sleep (TAPAS) and the CiTECH study.

Email: alberts3@upmc.edu

Alexis “Lexi” Bialota

Education: BS (Neuroscience), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Associate
With CSCS Since: July 2019
Responsibilities:  Lexi is a Research Associate working on Dr. Hasler’s research studies.  Her role include assisting with fMRI scans, creating tasks for the fMRI portion of studies, analyzing brain data, and assisting with overnight visits in the sleep lab.

Email: bialotaa@upmc.edu

Laurie Brar

Education: MSN, CRNP (Nursing), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Sr. Research Principal
With CSCS Since: 2003
Responsibilities:  Laurie coordinates the Hypertension with Unsatisfactory Sleep Health (HUSH) trial.  She maintains alliances with 26 practices and 80 physician offices, to facilitate referrals and provide clinical progress updates. She consents and assesses new study participants as well as oversees all aspects of their participation and protocol management.

Email: brarlk@upmc.edu

Lucas Carroll

Education: BS (Biological Sciences), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Assistant
With CSCS Since: September 2018
Responsibilities: Lucas assists the Sleep in Retirement study in facilitation of participant visits, data acquisition, and data entry.

Email:Carrolllw2@upmc.edu 

J. David Cashmere

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Systems Engineer
With CSCS Since: 1991
Responsibilities: David is responsible for the calibration, configuration and operation of all PSG and physiology systems within the CSCS. He performs daily processing/analysis of all raw data collected within the SBNC, including spectral analysis-editing of EEG signals. As well, oversees SBNC signal quality assurance, programming and raw analytic processing.

Email: cashmerejd@upmc.edu

Alexandria “Alex” Chisholm

Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Specialist
With CSCS Since: October 2019
Responsibilities: Alexandria is a Research Specialist working on Dr. Hasler’s research studies. Her role includes coordinating with the sleep lab to schedule participants, conducting participant visits, and working with undergraduate lab volunteers.

Email: chisholma2@upmc.edu 

Kristine DePolo

Education: Associates degree, Duff’s Business Institute
Title: Admin Assistant – Intermediate
With CSCS Since: 2003
Responsibilities: Kris provides administrative support to the Sleep and Chronobiology Center clinic patients, faculty and postdoctoral scholars. She also assists the CSCS administrator and provides support for the HUSH study.

Email: depolokl@upmc.edu

Missy DeVito

Education: Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Title: Research Project Coordinator
Time with SCC: Since 1999
Responsibilities: Missy works for the Department of Psychiatry’s Research Review Committee. Her responsibilities include coordinating all of the submissions, reviews, and approvals of all grant proposals to the RRC and KRP (K-Award Review Program) in the Department of Psychiatry.

Email: mszycoml@upmc.edu

 

Mary “Happy” Fletcher

Education: BS (Computer Science), Edinboro University
Title: System Programmer/Analyst II
With SCC Since: 2006
Responsibilities: Happy manages data collected from several research protocols, including those within the SCC and also in the Renal/Electrolyte Division of the Department of Medicine.

Email: fletme@upmc.edu

Barton French

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Systems Engineer
With SCC Since: 1983
Responsibilities: Barton works for the Office of Academic Computing, where he maintains servers and backups for research throughout UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, including research conducted in the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory.

Email: french@upmc.edu

 

Mary Gasiorowski

Education: BA (English), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Administrative Assistant – Senior
With SCC Since: 2010
Responsibilities: Mary provides administrative support to the Director of the Human Chronobiology Department, AgeWise Program Project Core and Project Principal Investigators, Program Coordinator and other P01 staff as well as to SCC faculty.

Email: gasiorowskimj@upmc.edu

Jordan Gilbert

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Associate
With CSCS Since: May, 2019
Responsibilities: Jordan is a Research Associate working on Dr. Hasler’s research studies. Her role includes recruiting participants for the studies, screening potential participants, and maintaining contact with current research participants.

Email: gilbertj6@upmc.edu

Kathryn Aldrich Guo

Education: BA (Psychology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: Research Coordinator
With CSCS Since: June, 2018
Responsibilities: Kathryn is a Research Coordinator working on Dr. Hasler’s research studies. Her role includes coordinating participant visits, assisting with recruitment, and following up with current research participants.

Email: guok@upmc.edu

Beth Hafer

Education: M.Ed. (Education), Duquesne University; BS (General Science), Penn State University
Title: Research Project Assistant
With SCC Since: 2012
Responsibilities: Beth works in the Child & Adolescent Sleep Lab on a variety of sleep studies involving children and young adults, such as PAN2, SIRA, SISTERS, SHED, and a K-12 dissemination study. Responsibilities include study coordination (e.g., recruitment, schedule management, collection of data, pre-processing of imaging data) and CASL lab management.

Email: haferbl@upmc.edu

Matthew Humes

Education: US Navy Electronics School (Sonar Equipment Maintenance and Repair), ITT Technical Institute (Specialized Electronics Engineering Technology)
Title: Senior Electronics Specialist
With SCC Since: 2010
Responsibilities: Matt supports, repairs, designs, and builds various electronic and electro-mechanical equipment for the N-CTRC, SCL, and Translational Neuroscience Program. He also performs preventative maintenance on equipment and wiring connections and troubleshoots and repairs signal acquisition problems.

Email: humesmw@upmc.edu

Sarah Kimutis

Education: BA (Psychology), Seton Hill University
Title: Research Project Coordinator
With SCC Since: 2016
Responsibilities:  Sarah coordinates research study procedures for the Sleep in Retirement (SIR) Study. Her responsibilities include participant recruitment, screening, data collection, and managing correspondences with study participants. She also supervises numerous directed research study students working on the project. In addition to working on the SIR study, Sarah is currently pursuing her MBA at Seton Hill University.

Email: kimutiss@upmc.edu

Kali Kirlangitis

Education: (BS, Psychology), Slippery Rock University
Title: Research Specialist
With SCC Since: October 2018
Responsibilities:  Kali conducts consent visits/participant intake interviews, schedules participants, and assists with study recruitment.

Email: kirlangitisk@upmc.edu

Precious Lacey

Education: B.A. (Psychology); B.S. (Human Development), University of California, Davis
Title: Research Assistant III
With SCC Since: December 2018
Responsibilities:  Precious’ responsibilities include recruitment, screening, study procedures for the Sleep in Retirement (SIR) research study..

Email: laceyp@upmc.edu

Jean M. Miewald

Education: BA (Applied Mathematics), University of Montana
Title: Database Manager
With SCC Since: 1984
Responsibilities: Jean is responsible for the database design and data management for all the data collected in the SCC, both for SCC administration and for research purposes. She and her team are also responsible for making datasets of these data for analyses.

Email:miewaldjm@upmc.edu

Eric Miller, RPSGT

Education: BA (Communication Disorders), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Polysomnographic Research Technician
With SCC since: 1985
Responsibilities: Eric is responsible for acquiring reliable sleep evaluation studies with research participants as an RPSGT. He also scores, analyzes, and aggregates sleep study data for physician/PI review.

Email: millerej@upmc.edu

Christina Nicassio, MBA

Education: BS (Biology), Saint Vincent College; MS (Biology), Duquesne University; MBA, Argosy University
Title: Research Program Administrator
With CSCS Since: 2006
Responsibilities:  Christina is directly responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center (SBNC). She is the supervisor for SBNC senior staff, and is also the primary liaison for faculty conducting studies at the SBNC. 

Email: nicassiocv@upmc.edu

Wambui Ngari

Education: BS (Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Associate
With SCC Since: 2013
Responsibilities: Wambui is the study coordinator for Dr. Hasler’s two studies. She handles participant recruitment and works with participants throughout their participation in the studies.

Email: ngariw@upmc.edu

Christine Peng

Education: (BS, Psychology, Mathematics ), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Associate
With SCC Since: 2016
Responsibilities:  Christine is a study coordinator for Dr. Wilckens’ studies (STARS and CHAI).  Her responsibilities include participant recruitment, screening, administering tasks, collecting data, and managing correspondences with study participants.

Email: pengcw@upmc.edu

Kara Rickford

Education: (MS, Physiology), Georgetown University; BS (Health and Exercise Science), Syracuse University
Title: Research Assistant
With CSCS Since: August 2018
Responsibilities: Kara is a research assistant for Dr. Wilckens’ Sleep and Cognition Study (STARS) and Sleep and Memory Study (CHAI TMS). She is responsible for recruiting and screening participants, as well as working alongside study participants during their visits to the sleep lab.

Email: rickfordk@upmc.edu 

Noelle Rode

Education: BS (Information Science), University of Pittsburgh
Title: System Programmer/Analyst II
With CSCS Since: 2006
Responsibilities: Noelle manages data collected from several research protocols, both within the CSCS and for Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services (CABS).

Email: roden@upmc.edu

Kathleen Scully

Education: BS (Neuroscience), University of Pittsburgh
Title: Research Associate
With CSCS Since: May 2019
Responsibilities: Katie coordinates and conduct scans and participant visits. She also processes and analyzes sleep data.
Email: scullyke@upmc.edu 

Linda Willrich

Education: BS (Business Administration), Robert Morris University
Title: Center Administrator
With SCC Since: 2011
Responsibilities: Linda manages all research, fiscal and administrative activities of the Sleep and Chronobiology Center. She is the administrator on the NIH-funded T32 Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine.

Email: willrichl@upmc.edu

Annette Marie Wood

Education: BA, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Systems Programmer Analyst
With CSCS Since: 1993
Annette assists the Sleep in Retirement study in facilitation of participant visits, data acquisition, and data entry. Pittsburgh site manager for SWAN, actigraphy program manager for SWAN national, data management in SIR, and SISTERS. Registered phlebotomist for SIR protocol. Expert in use of actigraphy in sleep studies, with more than 20 years of experience, developed data system to handle summary and epoch by epoch data. Helps orient new students and post-docs to our department.

Email: woodam@upmc.edu

Michelle Zmuda

Education: BS, (Rehabilitation Counseling), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Title: Research Program Administrator
With CSCS Since: February 2016
Responsibilities: Michelle performs diagnostic evaluations of participants in the Sleep in Retirement study (SIR) and the Sleep/Wake and Executive Network Function in Older Adults study (STAR).

Email: zmudamd@upmc.edu