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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albert_largethumb Karen Albert, M.S. 
Project Director II
Research Interests: Program evaluation, qualitative and mixed-methods research, community-based participatory research (CBPR), research ethics
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Phone: (508) 856-8725
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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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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clayfield_largethumb Jonathan C. Clayfield, M.A., L.M.H.C.
Project Director II
Research Interests: 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. 
Research Technician 
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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Laura Golden  Laura Golden, B.A.
Clinical Research Assistant
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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grillo_largethumb  John Grillo
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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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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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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  Jennifer Klein, MBA
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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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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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. 
Project Director II
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
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, MPH
Research Director
Research Interests: Transitional age youth and young adults Longitudinal StudiesPublic health with regards to policy and prevention, Research ethics, Understanding  informed consent and protecting human subjects, Internal Review Board 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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smith_largethumb  Lisa M. Smith, B.A.
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Transition age youth and young adults with lived experience, knowledge translation and dissemination of research findings, collaborations with service providers, advocates, consumers and their families
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Phone: (508) 856-1072
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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 Rachel Stone image Rachel Stone, B.A.
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) 856-1068
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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tartablia_largethumb  Lillian Tartaglia, A.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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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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DebbieTruong  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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ShichengWeng  Shicheng Weng, M.S.
Biostatistician II
Research Interests: Longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, and linear models
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Phone: (508) 856-2089
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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