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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.


  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.


  Esther Eisenberg, M.D., M.P.H.
  Reproductive Endocrinologist
  Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Dr. Eisenberg is a reproductive endocrinologist and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.  She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1992.  In 2000 she completed a Masters of Public Health at Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in epidemiology.

Dr. Eisenberg has written numerous articles on menopause, infertility and hormonal problems in women, and has co-authored a book, Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options, published by the Johns Hopkins Press in 2003.  Currently, she serves on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility, and is a member of the Committee on Gynecologic Practice of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists.  Her areas of expertise are hormonal problems in women including menopause and its consequences, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and infertility.   


 Neil Woodward, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
 Assistant Professor of Psychology
 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
 Woodward Lab:

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.


 Lilia Zurkovsky, Ph.D.
 Post Doc

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. 


 Sally R. Ross, M.S.
 Program Coordinator
 615 875-0955

Sally relocated to Vanderbilt U. 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.  Sally has joined him as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Cognitive Medicine (CCM) at Vanderbilt.  An important aspect of Sally’s position is to recruit participants for research studies, a role she has enjoyed for many years.


  Christine Valiquette, Ph.D.
  Research Coordinator

Christine has been a member of the Vanderbilt community since 1999. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt in 2008.  Christine particularly enjoys the interactive aspects of research, whether mentoring undergraduate researchers, advising students, or working with adult research participants.  At the Center for Cognitive Medicine, Christine coordinaties an NIH-funded reserch study examining the relationship between hormones and memory. 


  T. Dean Holbert, B.A.
  Clinical Trials Associate II
615 322-1030

Dean comes to the CCM from Duke University in Durham, N.C.  As a research coordinator, he has worked on various studies focusing on therapeutic foster care, psychiatric advance directives, and late-life depression.  He received hi B.A. in Socialology from the University of North Carolina- Asheville.


  Cate Jerome, M.A.
Clinical Trials Associate
  615 322-2069


Cate came to the Nashville from Greenville, NC where she earned a M.A. in Psychology with a Research Concentration from East Carolina University. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her Master’s thesis is titled: Assessing Parenting Behaviors of a Southern, Rural Community Using the Ghent Parental Behavior Scale. Cate’s background consists mainly of statistics and research design. As a Research Assistant in the CCM, she is excited to expand her knowledge, skills, and experience.


   Brian D. Boyd, B.S.


Brian recently relocated to Nashville from No. 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 imagine 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, 2 daughters, and 3 dogs.


 Kimberly Albert, B.S.
 Graduate Student-Research Assistant
 615 327-7030

Kim has 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 is a PhD candidate in the University of Vermont Neuroscience Graduate Program.


 Asante R. Kamkwalala, B.S.
 Graduate Student-Research Assistant
 615 322-2082 

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 2nd year graduate student at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.


  Jennifer N. Vega, B.S.
  Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience
  J.B. Marshall Clinical Scholar

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 Vandernilt's Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience program.

  Shirin Pulous, B.S.
Administrative Assistant
  615 936-0928

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 instumental in organizing schedules for visiting faculty members.   In her new role at CCM she is excited to expand her knowledge, skills, and experience.  Shirin had a B.S. degree in Mathematics.





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