Lab Members

Mary Phillips, MD, MD (Cantab)

Pittsburgh Foundation-Emmerling Endowed Chair in Psychotic Disorders, Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, Director of the Center for Translational and Developmental Affective Neuroscience, and Director of the Mood and Brain Laboratory

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Faculty & Postdoctoral Researchers

Michele Bertocci, PhD

Michele Bertocci, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

bertoccima@upmc.edu

Hobbies: gardening, photography, yoga
Pets: 2 cats, Starwars and Chuckles
Least favorite food: okra

Henry Chase, PhD

Henry Chase, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

chaseh@upmc.edu

hobbies – bread making
pets – ducks of the world
your least favorite food – bread

 

Kale Edmiston, PhD

Kale Edmiston, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

edmistonk@upmc.edu

Hobbies: hiking, pilates, embroidery, baking, reading
Pets: Izzy, a border collie, and Scoby, a dachshund mix
Least favorite food: pumpkin pie

Fabio Ferrarelli

Fabio Ferrarelli

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Jay Fournier, PhD

Jay Fournier, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

fournierj@upmc.edu
midlab.pitt.edu

Hobbies: cooking, pottery, martial arts, and occasionally juggling fire
Pets: A cat (Memphis) and a dog (Billie Holiday)
Least favorite food: Kimchi

 

Danella Hafeman, MD

Danella Hafeman, MD

Affiliated Investigator

hafemand@upmc.edu

Hobbies: playing flute and piano; yoga

Pets: a remarkably toddler-friendly cat named Hoyo

Least favorite food: papaya

Alison Hipwell

Alison Hipwell

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD

Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

oppenheimercw@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Exploring Pittsburgh with my 3-year-old son
Pets:  Half golden retriever half labrador named Cornelius
Least favorite food: pickles

Renata Rozovsky, PhD

Renata Rozovsky, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

rozovskyr@upmc.edu

Hobbies: travelling, hiking, Argentinian tango, board games, puzzles
Pets: my kid’s parakeet
Least favorite food: fruit soup

João Paulo Santo, MD

João Paulo Santo, MD

Postdoctoral Associate

santosjp@upmc.edu

Hobbies: watching movies and cooking

Adriane Soehner, PhD

Adriane Soehner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, K awardee

soehneram2@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Yoga, Training my dog to do fun tricks
Pets: Lana the Bernese mountain dog and Jack the cat
Least favorite food: Ketchup

Amelia Versace, MD

Amelia Versace, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

versacea@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Gardening
Pets: A cat named Cleopatra
Least favorite food: I don’t think there are any. I like everything

Collaborators

Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

banihashemil@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Yoga

Erika Forbes, PhD

Erika Forbes, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology and Clinical and Translational Science

Forbese@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Cooking, running, reading American literature, and hosting Neurochicks
Pets: None at the moment, sadly. I just admire other people’s dogs and the birds in my backyard.
Least favorite food: Fast food

Students

Maya Schumer, BS

Maya Schumer, BS

mcs147@pitt.edu

Hobbies: drawing

Staff

Halimah Abdul-Waalee, BS

Halimah Abdul-Waalee, BS

Research Specialist

abdulwaaleeh@upmc.edu

Hobbies: watching tv and spending time with family.
Least favorite food would be meat loaf way too much sauce.

Haris Aslam, BS

Haris Aslam, BS

Database Administrator

aslamha@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Biking, Reading
Least favorite food: Okra

Genna Bebko, PhD

Genna Bebko, PhD

Research Coordinator

bebkog@upmc.edu

Hobbies:  pilates
Pets: Shiba Inu rescue & cats
Least favorite food: pie

Eve Bender, BA

Eve Bender, BA

Lead Research Project Coordinator

benderem@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Hiking, painting, and collecting/listening to records
Pets: Jasper, Kimba, Twyla, and Julius (cats)
Least favorite food: beets

Lisa Bonar, BS

Lisa Bonar, BS

Systems Analyst

bonarlk@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Drinking pina coladas and getting caught in the rain

Tyler Conrad, BA

Tyler Conrad, BA

Research Project Assistant

conradt2@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Reading, playing golf, cutting fish

Least favorite food: None. I eat just about everything. 

Simona Graur, MSW

Simona Graur, MSW

Sr. Research Principal

graurs@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Running, photography, animals
Least favorite food: Oysters

 

Jon Hart

Jon Hart

Database Manager

hartj2@upmc.edu

Hobbies: Coaching youth sports, baking, and time with family and friends.
Pets: An elderly but endearingly affectionate cat
Least favorite food: Crunchy frog

 

Alex Hartle, MA

Alex Hartle, MA

Systems Analyst Intermediate

hartleat@upmc.edu

Hobbies: playing music (guitar, drums, synthesizers, singing), cooking
Pets: Jake (10 year-old lab/pointer mix) and Rosie (1 year-old pit mutt)
Least favorite food: scalloped potatoes (they smell like ferrets)

Jeanette Lockovich, BSN

Jeanette Lockovich, BSN

Clinical Research Coordinator

lockovichjc@upmc.edu

Hobbies:  Going to museums, feeding and watching birds
Pet: Paul, a turtle
Least favorite food: liver

Alyssa Samolyk, BS

Alyssa Samolyk, BS

Research Specialist

samolykae@upmc.edu

Hobbies: painting
Pets: dog
Least favorite food: mushrooms

 

 

Alex Skeba, BS

Alex Skeba, BS

Systems Analyst Intermediate

skebaas@upmc.edu

Hobbies: playing ragtime and blues on the piano. Grilling some steaks on my back porch. Getting beat at basketball by my 12 year old brother.
Pets: a cat named Poptart
Least favorite food: without a doubt undercooked potato pancakes.

Ricki Stiffler, MSW

Ricki Stiffler, MSW

Research Program Administrator

stifflerrs@upmc.edu

Hobbies: reading, golf, painting and local brewery tours.