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iSPARC Staff

The staff who work in the collaborative, team-based environment of iSPARC 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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Linda Brenckle, M.S., R.D., P.M.P.
Project Director 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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Josephine Boateng, B.S.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Perinatal mental health, Community-based health promotion, Health equity in populations of color, childhood trauma in family systems, mental health access, Infant and maternal health, global health, determinants of health in populations of color  & women’s health

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Carla.JPG Carla DeSantis

Administrative Assistant II
Provides Administrative support for the Director of iSPARC & iSPARC faculty

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Phone: (508) 856-8692
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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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.
Contact Information
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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ian New22.jpg Ian A. Lane, B.A.
Research Coordinator II

Research Interests: Quantitative research methodology; statistical applications in clinical epidemiology & population health research; Implementation Science

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Robyn Leonard Robyn Leonard, B.S.
Administrative Assistant II
Provides Administrative support for Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP

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

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

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Melissa Maslin, MEd
Project Director II
Research interests: Integration of mental health and obstetric care, perinatal mental health and substance use concerns, community-based health promotion, developmental disabilities, online course development
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Phone: (508) 856-2408
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Emily McCaffrey, BA, M.Ed
Research Coordinator I
Research interests: Transition age youth experiencing homelessness and its affect on mental health; Educational supports for college age youth with lived experiences; Sociological theories such as Conflict Theory and Structural Functional Theory

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Phone: (508) 856-5378
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Lissette Mendez Pirani
Grants and Contract Specialist
Professional Responsibilites: Prepare monthly financial reports, manage contracts, create payment vouchers, credit card reconciliation and process expense reimbursement reports

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-6265
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Brian Miller, M.H.A., CLSSGB
Research Project Director I
Research Interests: Mental health services and supports for transition-aged youth and young adults with mental health conditions; Educational supports for college age youth with lived experiences; Evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful long-term careers
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Phone: 
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Michelle G. Mullen, M.S., CRC, CPRP
Senior Project Director, HYPE and BRYT
Research interests: standardizing services supporting college students with mental health conditions, evaluating the effectiveness of various educational supports, testing a cognitive remediation intervention for college students, and evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful long-term careers.
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Phone: (857) 540-9344
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Alexandra Murray  Alexandra Murray, MPA
Research Coordinator II
Research Interests: Research ethics, institutional review boards (IRB), substance use disorders (SUD), socio-cultural determinants of mental health, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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Phone: (508) 856-7814
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Emma Narkewicz, B.A., M.P.A.
Research Coordinator I
Research Interests: Improving education and employment outcomes for young adults with mental health conditions and disabilities, Social policy, Health equity for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations, Sexual violence, Community-engaged public health

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Phone: (508) 856-8739
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Debbie Nicolellis, MS, CRC, CPRP
Training Director, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE)


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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.
Contact Information
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.
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-8276
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Mary Quill, A.A, A.S.
Research Assistant
Chair of MHE & YOU Advisory Council
Research Interests: Rehabilitation, clubhouses, consumer movement and consumers in research.
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Phone: (508) 856-8731
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Morgan Rao Thumbnail Morgan Rao, B.A.
Research Coordinator l

Research Interests: personality in psychology and psychopathology 

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Phone: (508) 856-8729
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Kristen Roy-Bujnowski, M.A.
Research Project Director
Research interests: The intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems; Race, gender and class disparities in the criminal justice system; physical health disparities and mental illness, program implementation & evaluation and suicide prevention.

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Phone: (508) 856-8725
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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Padma Sankaran, M.A.
Research Project Director
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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Mallory sm.jpg Mallory Shelly, B.S.
Financial Assistant IV
Professional responsibilites: Prepare monthly financial reports, credit card reconciliation, manage contracts, create payment vouchers, and process expense reimbursement reports.

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Vidya.JPG Vidya Shenoy, B.Com.
Financial Assistant

Professional responsibilities: Prepare monthly financial reports, manage contracts, create payment vouchers, credit card reconciliation and process expense reimbursement reports.


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Phone: (508) 856-8713
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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simons_largethumb  Gillian Simons
Research Assistant Technician
Learning & Working Transitions ACR 
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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Stevens Lindsey sm thumb.png Lindsey Stevens, B.A.

Research Coordinator I 
Research Interests: Prisoner reentry, domestic violence, anger and aggression regulation, suicide prevention, and program evaluation of court mandated treatment 

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Robin Tasca Robin Tasca, B.A.

Project Coordinator I
Professional responsibilites: multimedia content producer for the iSPARC Communications Team. Manages our email campaigns, social media channels and websites for iSPARC and Transitions ACR.

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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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Jean Wnuk photo Jean Wnuk, B.A., MBA
Social Media Specialist
Professional responsibilites: Manages our social media platforms and communications channels for CeKTER, iSPARC and Transitions ACR
Contact Information
Phone: (508) 856-2016
Fax: (508) 856-8700

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