Personnel

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Paul A. Newhouse, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Medicine
Director, Center for Cognitive Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Newhouse is the  Director of the Center for Cognitive Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also Jim Turner Professor of Cognitive Disorders at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Medicine.

Dr. Newhouse received his undergraduate education at Kansas State University, attended medical school at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Newhouse's research has focused on central nicotinic mechanisms in degenerative brain disorders and the role of nicotinic receptor systems in normal and disordered cognitive functioning in humans. He has also focused attention on the development of novel nicotinic agents for clinical use.  Another major focus includes studying the interaction of estrogen and central cholinergic, catecholaminergic, and serotonergic systems in relation to cognitive and emotional aging in the elderly and novel pharmacologic-imaging methodologies. Other interests include treatment of depression and behavioral disturbances in the elderly, and development of effective novel agents for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders of the elderly.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry and in 2002 was awarded the American Psychiatric Association Profiles in Courage award. Dr. Newhouse serves as a frequent consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States and abroad on central nervous system drug development, clinical trial design for dementia and depression, and clinical nicotinic pharmacology. He has served on and has chaired numerous NIH grant review committees, and is an editorial board member and frequent reviewer for scientific journals for manuscripts on depression, dementia and cognitive neuroscience.

 

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Warren D. Taylor, M.D.
Director, Mood Disorders Program
Psychiatry Department
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Researcher, Center for Cognitive Medicine

Dr. Taylor comes to the Center for Cognitive Medicine from Duke University in Durham, NC where he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Taylor completed his psychiatric residency, as well as a geriatric fellowship at Duke.

Dr. Taylor is nationally recognized as a researcher in geriatric psychiatry and for his work in the study of depression in the elderly. Among other approaches, he uses neuroimaging to further understand the unique aspects of mood disorders in the elderly.

In addition to his role in the Center for Cognitive Medicine, he will assume a leadership role in the psychiatry department as the Director of the Mood Disorders Program.

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Meghan Riddle, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Training Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Meghan Riddle joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2016 after completing her adult psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship training at Vanderbilt. She served as chief resident during her fourth year of training. She received the Resident Recognition Award (American Psychiatric Association), the Departmental Research Award (Vanderbilt University) and completed the Honors Scholar Fellowship (American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry). Dr. Riddle received her M.D. from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Riddle’s clinical area of interests are Mood and Neurocognitive Disorders in the Elderly and her research interests are Alzheimer’s dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Late-Life Depression.

 

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Joon Hyuk Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
Jeju Dementia Center, South Korea

Dr. Park came to the Center for Cognitive Medicine (CCM) in July 2014 on a sabbatical to Vanderbilt as a visiting professor. He is a geriatric psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Jeju National University College of Medicine in South Korea, as well as an Associate Professor there. His research base started from the epidemiology of geriatric psychiatry and his research interests include depression in dementia, vascular dementia, and a longitudinal cohort study on cognitive aging and dementia. Dr. Park came to Vanderbilt to expand his research fields and to study the various advanced methodologies in cognitive medicine and geriatric depression. 

 

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Soo In Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
Ewha Woman's University School of Medicine, South Korea

Dr. Kim came to the Center for Cognitive Medicine (CCM) in March 2015 on a sabbatical to Vanderbilt as a visiting professor. She is a geriatric psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Ewha Woman's University School of Medicine in South Korea, as well as an Associate Professor there. Her research base started from the community psychiatry and her research interests include mild cognitive impairment in the elderly, and the interaction of estrogen and central cholinergic, catecholaminergic, and serotonergic systems in relation to cognitive and emotional aging in the elderly. Dr. Kim came to Vanderbilt to expand her research fields and to study the various advanced methodologies in geriatric psychiatry.

 

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Kimberly Albert, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(615) 327-7030
kimberly.albert@vanderbilt.edu

Kim joins Warren Taylor's lab after having been a member of the Newhouse lab since 2009. Her scientific interests include brain networks involved in cognitive and emotional processes, and the effects of hormones and mood states on these systems. Kim received her BS in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD from the University of Vermont Neuroscience Graduate Program.
 

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Blythe Corbett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/senselab/
blythe.corbett@vanderbilt.edu

Dr. Corbett is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Investigator with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Center for Cognitive Medicine.  Dr. Corbett is the Director of the Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology (SENSE) lab, a translational research program focused on reciprocal social functioning and stress responsivity of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her lab uses neuropsychological, physiological and neuroimaging techniques, which are often implemented in natural settings, such as playgrounds.
 
Dr. Corbett is a licensed psychologist who has been working with children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders since 1991. She has published widely in high impact peer-reviewed journals, serves on several editorial boards, and her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Corbett is recognized for her innovative paradigms and treatments, including SENSE Theatre®, which combines theatrical and behavioral techniques in a peer-mediated, community-based intervention to improve social competence in youth with ASD.
 

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Neil Woodward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
neil.d.woodward@Vanderbilt.Edu
Woodward Lab: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/woodwardlab/

Dr. Woodward's research focuses on understanding the neural basis of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. His lab uses a variety of approaches, including cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological methods. A particular area of interest is brain connectivity and how large-scale brain networks are affected in psychiatric illnesses. 

Dr. Woodward's background includes training in neuroimaging and clinical psychology, primarily neoropsychological assessment. As well, he is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of Tennessee.

 

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Lilia Zurkovsky, Ph.D.
Visiting Research Fellow

Lilly received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, studying estrogen's effects on cognition in rodent models of menopause. Lilly is intrigued by how and why younger and older brains solve problems in different manners and hopes to understand how the brain's plasticity can be harnessed to optimize cognition in middle-age and later. In particular, Lilly is interested in striatum-sensitive cognition and how age-related changes in estrogen and acetylcholine affect habit formation and skill learning.   

 

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Sally R. Ross, M.S.
Program Coordinator
(615) 875-0955
sally.ross@vanderbilt.edu

Sally relocated to Vanderbilt University and Nashville from the University of Vermont on beautiful Lake Champlain in Burlington. She has worked with Dr. Newhouse since 1998 as the Research Communications Specialist at UVM’s Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, and currently as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Cognitive Medicine (CCM).  An important aspect of Sally’s position is to recruit participants for research studies, a role she has enjoyed for many years.
 

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Shirin Pulous, B.S.
Administrative Assistant
(615) 936-0928
shirin.pulous@vanderbilt.edu

Shirin joined the CCM in 2013. As the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Newhouse, Shirin handles, among other tasks, his appointments & travel, as well as the travel arrangements for other staff and graduate students in the lab. She is very instrumental in organizing schedules for visiting faculty members. In her new role at CCM she is excited to expand her knowledge, skills, and experience. Shirin has a B.S. degree in Mathematics.
 

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Caroline Perlman, B.S.
Research Assistant I
(615) 936-0231
caroline.perlman@vanderbilt.edu

Caroline has been a member of the Center for Cognitive Medicine since June 2016. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She is interested in working with adolescents and young adults. Her research interests include the neurobiological basis of affective disorders, which she hopes to study when she pursues her Ph.D.

 

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Brian D. Boyd, B.S.
Analyst/Programmer
brian.d.boyd@vanderbilt.edu

Brian recently relocated to Nashville from North Carolina to join the CCM. He previously worked in the neuroimaging lab at Duke University supporting the research of several investigators, including Dr. Warren Taylor. Brian contributes to the CCM with his knowledge of coding and databases, as well as image processing and analysis. At Vanderbilt, he collaborates with a team from several departments to maintain a shared XNAT system for imaging processing and archiving.

Brian received a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. In his spare time, he is enjoying getting to know Nashville with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs.

 

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Katie Anders, B.S.
Clinical/Transitional Research Coordinator
kathrine.a.anders@vanderbilt.edu

Katie has been a member of the Center for Cognitive Medicine since October 2015. She obtained her B.S. From Middle Tennessee State University in Psychology. Previous to joining our team, Katie worked as a Research Coordinator for the Adult and Child Cystic Fibrosis research program at Vanderbilt. It is then that she realized her true interest in research. Wanting to pursue her previous dream of being in the field of Psychology, she joined our team to work in Geriatric Depression Research. She hopes to further expand her knowledge of research in the field of Psychology and looks forward to helping to make a difference.

 

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Ashleigh Antal, B.A.
Clinical Trials Associate

ashleigh.c.antal.1@vanderbilt.edu

Ashleigh recently graduated from Vanderbilt University where she received a B.A. in Psychology. She joins Dr. Taylor's lab with research experience in childhood development, cognitive development, and autism. Her interests include mood disorders and personality disorders associated with trauma. 

 

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Asante R. Kamkwalala, B.S.
Graduate Student-Research Assistant
(615) 322-2082
asante.r.kamkwalala@vanderbilt.edu

Asante has been a member of the Center for Cognitive Medicine since January 2011. Her scientific interest focuses on pathological (acquired or genetic) models of accelerated cognitive aging. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Emory University, and is currently a second-year graduate student at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

 

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Jennifer N. Vega, B.S.
Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience
J.B. Marshall Clinical Scholar
jennifer.n.vega@vanderbilt.edu

Jennifer has been a member of the CCM since January 2014. Her scientific interest focuses on how chemotherapy for breast cancer affects cognition, brain function, and brain anatomy. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Vanderbilt's Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience program.