Staff Directory

SPARC Staff

The staff who work in the collaborative, team-based environment of SPARC come from a variety of disciplines. They work as researchers, interviewers, statisticians, project directors, program developers, and administrative assistants. One thing they have in common is a passion for the work they do, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of people who live with mental illness, their families, and providers. 


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Kimberly Baczko
Administrative Assistant
Professional Responsibilities: Handles administrative work for faculty and staff for the Transitions Research and Training Center 
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Phone: (508) 856-1025
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Linda Brenckle, M.S., R.D., P.M.P.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Clinical and community-based research particularly with regard to maternal and child health, child development, and pediatric nutrition; operationalizing research
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Phone: (508) 856-8491
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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MichaelBryer Michael Bryer
Research Intern
Research Interests: Researching mental health among youth and young adults using Participatory Action Research
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Phone: (508) 856-8276
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Martha C. Castro, B.A.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Outcomes and evidence-based practices in rehabilitation counseling; transition and post-school outcomes for youth with mental health conditions; behavioral and psychological consequences of childhood traumatic stress, and multicultural and social justice issues 

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Phone: (508) 856-2013
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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clayfield_largethumb Jonathan C. Clayfield, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Chief Director, Operations

Research Interests: Juvenile justice mental health screening, mental health and the law, crisis intervention and risk management training of first responders, diversion of offenders with mental illness, suicide intervention & prevention

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Phone: (508) 856-8721
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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 costa_largethumb Amanda Costa, B.S.
Research Project Director
Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: Educational supports for college students with mental health conditions
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Phone: (508) 856-2865
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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doiron_largethumb Susan Doiron, B.S.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Dissemination and presentation of research findings and materials, consumers as researchers in an academic setting
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Phone: (508) 856-8739
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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duperoy_largethumb Tania Duperoy, B.A. 
Project Coordinator 
Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: College experiences of young adult consumers and Participatory Action Research 
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Phone: (508) 856-2168
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Lauren Dutille image Lauren Dutille
Grant & Contract Specialist
Professional Responsibilities: Manage contracts, payment vouchers, credit cards and process travel expense reports
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Phone: (508) 856-8081
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Jennifer Estrada, B.A.
Project Coordinator
Research Interests: Mental health, social influence, cross-cultural psychology, Statistical Learning Theory, and non-declarative learning in general.
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Phone: (508) 856-2016
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Laura Golden  Laura Golden, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Career development and post-secondary education of young adults with mental health conditions, longitudinal studies of the transition to adulthood among youth with mental health conditions, participatory action research
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Phone: (508) 856-8483
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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harrington_largethumb  Linda Harrington, B.S.
Academic Administrator
Professional Responsibilities: Administration of the financial, operational, human resource, and general business functions of the SPARC. Provides information and guidance to faculty for the pre and post award activity relating to grant management
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Phone: (508) 856-8415
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Marcela Hayes, B.A., B.S.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Mental health service systems for young adults, adapting and testing supported employment and education models to improve the mental and behavioral health of individuals across their lifespan. Researching and understanding the implications for mindfulness practice, and training for all ages.
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Phone: (508) 856-1072
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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SloanHuckabee  Sloan Huckabee, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Research Interests: Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs including under identification, under service of this population, early identification, facilitators and barriers to engagement in post-secondary life, application of response to intervention with students with emotional and behavioral difficulties
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Phone: (508) 856-2013
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Nisha Kini, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Biostatistician II
Research Interest: Adult psychiatry
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Phone: (508) 856-1232
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Jennifer Klein, M.B.A
Financial Assistant IV
Professional Responsibilities: Manage contracts, payment vouchers, credit cards and process travel expense reports
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Phone: (508) 856-8713
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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 Robyn Leonard Robyn Leonard, B.S.
Administrative Assistant II
Handles Administrative work for Director of SPARC

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Phone: (508) 856-5812
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Dee Logan image  Deirdre Logan, B.A.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Dissemination and presentation of research findings and materials, Informed Consent, research ethics and youth, young adult and family mental health
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Phone: (508) 856-5852
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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macdonald_largethumb  James McDonald, Jr., A.S.
Departmental Assistant
Professional Responsibilities: Compiles conference materials, assists with mailings
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Phone: (508) 856-8739
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Raphael Mizrahi, B.S.  
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: The experiences of transition age youth who engage in psychiatric services and psychopharmacological treatment; the use of mindfulness/meditation practices to treat symptoms of mental health conditions; applications of clinical neuroscience research to diagnose and treat mental illnesses in children and adolescents
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Phone: (508) 856-8477
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Alexandra Murray  Alexandra Murray, B.A., M.P.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Research Ethics and Internal Review Boards,  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Phone: (508) 856-1744
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Arta Pengo image  Arta Pengo, B.S.
Financial Assistant IV
Professional Responsibilities: Manage contracts, payment vouchers, credit cards and process travel expense reports
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Phone: (508) 856-8710
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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perrault_largethumb  Rachael Perrault, M.A.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Mental health and the law, risk and needs assessment in juvenile justice, public policy and legal decision making
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Phone: (508) 856-8564
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research interests: Expressive arts-based therapeutic approaches, increasing accessibility and treatment retention for youth and young adults, promoting awareness and reducing stigma of mental health conditions
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Phone: (508) 856-8276
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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post_largethumb  Laurel Post
Administrative Assistant
Professional Responsibilities: Handles administrative work for faculty under the UMASS Child Trauma Training Grant
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Phone: (508) 856-5963
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Mary Quill  Mary Quill
Research Assistant
Research Interests: Rehabilitation, clubhouses, consumer movement and consumers in research
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Phone: (508) 856-8748
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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sabella_largethumb  Kathryn Sabella, M.A. 
Deputy Director of the Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: Psychosocial development during the transition to adulthood, social disparities in education, mental health policy/system changes, employment of young adults with lived experience
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Phone: (508) 856-5759
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Padma Sankaran, M.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Clinical and community-based research with regard to mental health,research ethics & regulatory affairs, neuro cognition, nutrition & brain development and alternative non-medication based therapeutic interventions
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Phone: (508) 856-8505
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Bernadette Shaw, M.P.H.
Research Project Director
Research Interests: Transitional age youth and young adults longitudinal studies, public health with regards to policy and prevention, research ethics, understanding  informed consent and protecting human subjects, internal review boards and regulations, clinical trials
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Phone: (508) 856-2908
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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simons_largethumb  Gillian Simons
Research Assistant Technician
Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: Young adult consumer advocacy, integration of physical and behavioral health, mental health policy/system changes, education and employment of young adults with mental health conditions
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Phone: (508) 856-2865
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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 Rachel Stone image Rachel Stone, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: Authoring tip sheets and disseminating research findings to young adult consumers, researching articles and mental health information
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Phone: (508) 856-1068
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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thornton_largethumb  Amy Thornton, B.S.
Administrative Assistant 
Professional Responsibilities: Administrative assistance to faculty and staff on the MacArthur Models for Change Project
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Phone: (508) 856-8736
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Debbie Truong, M.A.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Trauma and health, treatment and prevention, juvenile justice, risk and needs assessment, legal decision-making
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Phone: (508) 856-5378
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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whitney_largethumb  Jennifer Whitney
Project Assistant
Learning & Working Transitions RTC
Research Interests: Authoring tip sheets and disseminating research findings to young adult consumers, researching articles and mental health information
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Phone: (508) 856-2865
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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  Wiktor Wisniewski, B.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Evaluating treatment efficacy through interviews
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Phone: (508) 856-2908
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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