Meet Our Team

Principal Investigator

Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi

Position title: Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine

My personal interests center around understanding, promoting, and protecting wellbeing, personhood, and meaning in the lives of persons with dementia – as they and their caregivers define it. My research program is broadly shaped by this deep-rooted interest and generally aims to understand, document, and address approaches to care delivery that hinder or effectively optimize meaningful patient and caregiver outcomes. Largely, this research operates at the intersections of care delivery, equity, and ethics and employs a range of methodologies and data sources.

Another major interest of mine is the role non-cognitive (i.e. neuropsychiatric) symptoms and their management play in disease experiences and progression. I am most proud of the students and staff I have had the privilege to work with and learn from, and of the things they are doing to build knowledge and create change.

My sincere hope is that our research and outreach efforts will contribute to improvements in approaches to care and research for those impacted by dementia.

Clark Benson

Lab Manager

Interests: designing interventions for acute psychiatric patients

Laura Block

Lab Manager

Interests: cognition and the role of
mental health

Meghan Botsch

Graduate Research Assistant

Interests: speech language pathology

Juliet Chang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Interests: education and social welfare

Alison Coulson

Research Program Coordinator

Interests: hospice and palliative care for vulnerable populations

Ashley Delaurelle

Undergraduate Research Trainee

Interests: global health, nursing, dementia research

Kayla Dillon

Research Specialist

Interests: cognitive development and patient-centered policies/practices

Jess Fehland

Research Specialist

Interests: speech language pathology

Meghan Haas

Graduate Research Assistant

Interests: intellectual and developmental disabilities and aging

Lilli Kay

Brain Health, Wellness, and Fitness Program Intern

Interests: mental health, aging, and historical trauma

Jessi Kendall

Outreach Specialist

Interests: communities empowering themselves to achieve health equity

Morgan Schmit

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Interests: cognitive degeneration in the aging population

Paria Seyyedmirza

PhD Student

Interests: technology, caregivers, and nursing

Maya Staehler

Undergraduate Research Trainee

Interests: care for vulnerable populations, epidemiology, and the interplay of religion and health

Devin Truong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Interests: pre-nursing studies and global health

Inem Uko

Research Coordinator

Interests: biology and emergency medicine

Sophie Wellmann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Interests: pre-nursing studies and biology

Alumni

Johanna Balas
BS

Pratiksha Bhagat
MS-ECON

Stephanie Brandsma
MSW

Michelle Burns
BSN, RN

Britta Chelgren
BSN, RN

Quinton D. Cotton
PhD, MSSA

Amy Devine
JD, MSW, BA

Amanda DeWitt
MLS

Olivia Diedrich
BS

Amanda Friz
PhD

Haley Fuhr
BS

Anna Gries
BSN, RN

Melissa Hovanes
BSN, RN

Abigail Jacobs
BS, MD Candidate

Yuanyuan Jin
PhD, RN

Rachel Johnson
BS, MD Candidate

Savannah Kind
BA

Danielle Harris
BSN, RN

Victoria Knoke
MSW, Doctoral Candidate

Lydia Lemmenes
BSN, RN

Jordan Madden
BSN, RN

Kelly McGinn
RN, MPH

Shannon Mullen
BS, BSN

Jen Orshak
PhD, BSN, RN

Megan Peck
BS

Rioghna Pittock

Emily Ploch
BSN

Brady Stroik
BSN

Kelly Sweeney
BA

Laura Vergenz
BSN

Lily Walljasper
BS

 

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