R. Scott Turner was appointed Director of the Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program in August 2008. Prior to his recruitment to Georgetown, R. Scott Turner served as Chief of the neurology service at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He was also an Associate Professor and Associate Chairman at the University of Michigan Healthcare System's neurology department. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and M.D. from Emory University. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and then joined the faculties of the University of Michigan, and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology.
Dr. Turner has directed a number of federal and foundation-funded research projects to study cognitive disorders, Alzheimer's disease and its basic mechanisms, and clinical studies of neurodegenerative dementias. He has received numerous awards, including a Paul Beeson Scholarship and a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He lectures widely at scientific conferences, serves as a reviewer for numerous biomedical journals, and is widely published in his field. He is a member of the American Neurological Association, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Academy of Neurology.
Kathleen Redington joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2000 and evaluates patients in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University in 1982 and received her MD from Cornell University in 1988. Dr. Redington completed her residency at New York Hospital and a fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience in a joint program with Rockefeller University and Cornell University. Dr. Redington is Board Certified in Neurology and she is an active member of the American Association of Neurology and the Virginia Medical Association.
Brent Harris joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2010 and serves as the Director of Neuropathology for Georgetown University Medical Center. Brent was in one of the first Georgetown Medical School MD/PhD physician-scientist training program graduating classes in 1995. He completed his post-doctoral training in anatomic and neuropathology and neurobiology at Stanford University and was the Director of the ALS Center and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Dartmouth Medical School and until joining our team in the Fall. His particular area of clinical and research interest is in fronto-temporal dementias and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Brigid Reynolds joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2001. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University in 1989. Brigid's career has focused on home care, primary care, and case management for elderly patients. Currently, Brigid specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems, and functions as a clinician in the research program. Brigid is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is an active member of the Washington DC Nurse Practitioner Association. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honors Society.
Kathleen Johnson joined the Memory Disorders program in 2001. She received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern California in 1995, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York in 1988. Her career has focused on evaluation and case management of the elderly in primary care and long term care settings. Currently, Kathleen specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems, and functions as a clinician in the research program. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland.
Sally Long joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2010. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2008, and completed a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2010. Dr. Long conducts neuropsychological evaluations in patients with a variety of cognitive complaints and neurological or psychiatric illness, and specializes in the assessment of dementia. Her research interests include investigating brain-behavior relationships in Alzheimer's disease using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She is an active member of the International Neuropsychological Society and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Robin Lawrence joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2011. She received her Masters in Science from University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University in 2006. She previously worked as an intensive care nurse, focusing on critical care and palliative care for older adults. Currently, Robin specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems, and functions as a clinician in the research program. She is certified as an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honors Society.
Megan Coleman joined the Memory Disorder program in 2012. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Marymount University in 2011, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University in 2008 and an additional Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech University in 2001. Megan’s career has focused on Primary Care as well as clinical research in Neurology, HIV and Oncology. Currently, Megan specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems, and functions as a clinician in the research program. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Washington DC Nurse Practitioner Association.
Pamela Saunders is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Neurology and a faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. Dr. Saunders received her doctorate in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University in 1994 and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. She joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2000 where her research program includes studies that combine communication, aging, caregiving and complementary medicine. Dr. Saunders also directors the Jesuit Memory and Aging Project and co-directs the Geriatrics Curriculum for the Georgetown University Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Saunders is a clinical trials monitor for the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS).
Rochelle Tractenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry and Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics and in the Section for Geriatrics. She earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, an M.P.H. from California State University, San Diego, a Doctoral-level Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a PhD in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Tractenberg's research interests include modeling biomarkers and the measurement of symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, and understanding how inaccuracies in measurement affect statistical modeling and interpretation of outcomes of clinical trials. She has published over 50 papers reflecting these interests as well as her work in reading disability, sleep disturbance, the assessment of change, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Carolyn Ward joined the Memory Disorders Program in 1999. She received a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in 1983. Her career has focused on addressing aging and disability issues. Prior to joining the Memory Disorders Program, she led the Membership Unit on Caregiving for the National Council on Aging and conducted research on long term care for the National Association of State Units on Aging (now known as the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities). Carolyn is the Memory Disorders Program Coordinator where she manages both clinic and study activities. Carolyn served on Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter from 2003-2009 and remains an active member of its Program/Research Committee. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington and was its President from 1993-1995. Carolyn was appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to the District of Columbia Alzheimer's Disease Study Commission in 1992, where she was elected Secretary/Parliamentarian. In addition she chaired the Commission's Education Subcommittee and co-edited its final report in 1994.
Kelly Behan joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2005. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology and French from the University of Virginia in 2004. Kelly is our program's Research Coordinator. She assists the MDP clinicians in their clinical practice and provides cognitive testing, visit coordination, and data management for the research trials. Kelly trains our research assistants and oversees their activities.
Alyssa deGuzman joined the Memory Disorders Program in September 2009. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington in May 2009. She assists the MDP clinical and research staff with administrative affairs.
Daniel Santos joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2012. He received his bachelor's degree in Biological Basis of Behavior and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Daniel assists the MDP clinicians, administers cognitive testing, coordinates visit schedules, and manages data for research studies.
Christine Sawda joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2012. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology and Art History from the University of Virginia in 2012. Christine assists the MDP with both clinical and research duties. She administers cognitive testing, coordinates visit schedules, and manages data for research studies.