Our Staff

 

Program DirectorR. Scott Turner, MD, PhD
Program CoordinatorCarolyn Ward, MSPH

Clinical Staff

R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD 
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 R. Scott Turner was appointed Professor of Neurology and 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.

 

 

Brigid Reynolds, RN, MSN, NP
Clinic Coordinator & Clinical Trial Nurse Practitioner

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 is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining the Memory Disorders Program Brigid's career focused on home care, primary care, and case management for elderly patients. Presently she is on Faculty at Georgetown University where she specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems and is a Research Investigator conducting clinical trials of potential new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

 

 

Kathleen Johnson, RN, MSN, NP
Clinical TRial Nurse Practitioner

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.

 

 

Melanie Chadwick, RN, MS, NP
Clinical Trial Nurse Practitioner

Melanie Chadwick is certified as an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2014. She received her Master’s in Science of Nursing from George Mason University in collaboration with George Washington University in 2007. She previously worked as a Hospice NP treating the terminally ill older adult. Prior to hospice, she worked for a private practice in neurology.  Currently, Melanie specializes in evaluating and treating patients with memory problems, and functions as a clinician in the research program. She is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

 

 

Karen Anderson , MD

Karen E. Anderson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Neurology and the Director of the Huntington Disease Care, Education and Research Center (HDCERC), a joint endeavor of Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. As Director, she leads a multidisciplinary team devoted to HD care, the first in the DC Metro area. Although her primary focus is HD, she is a psychiatrist with subspecialty certification in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology. She worked at the Memory Disorders Clinic and the Gertrude Sergievsky Center for Alzheimer's research in New York at Columbia Presbyterian and the NewYork State Psychiatric Institute. She is accepting MPD referrals and seeing our patients in her clinic.

Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax

Mary Elizabeth Quig, Ph.D. the founding partner of Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax (NAF), has held a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center since 1996 and has worked closely with the Georgetown Memory Disorders Program since its inception.

Dr. Quig and her team at the Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax collaborates with the Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program to assess patients. This team consists of doctorate level clinical neuropsychologists with an expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. Neuropsychological evaluations occur either at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital or at NAF’s main office in Fairfax, VA.

The NAF team conducts neuropsychological evaluations that involve the assessment of general intellectual functioning, executive functioning, attention/concentration, learning and memory, language, and mood/personality. Such an evaluation is typically recommended for cases where brain-based impairment in cognitive function or behavior is suspected. Referrals are made to evaluate an individual’s cognitive functioning in order to aid in the diagnosis or to rule-out various medical conditions. Further information can be obtained at: http://neuropsychologyfairfax.com/neuro/

 

Research Faculty

Brent T. Harris, MD, PhD

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 pathology and neuropathology and neurobiology at Stanford University and was the Director of the ALS Center and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Dartmouth Medical School until joining our team. His particular area of clinical and research interest is in fronto-temporal dementias and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Research Staff

Carolyn Ward, MSPH
Program Coordinator

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. 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, BA
Director of Clinical Trials

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. As Director of Clinical Trials for the Department of Neurology, is the primary liason for Neurology Clinical Trials. Kelly trains and oversees clinical research staff, manages MDP finance and operations, assists the MDP clinicians in their clinical practice and provides cognitive testing, visit coordination, and data management for the research trials. 

 

 

 

Wesley A. Horton, BS, MS 
Clinical Trial Manager

Wesley Horton

Wesley Horton joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2014. He received his bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington in 2014 and a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research from Georgetown University in 2017.  As Clinical Trial Manager for the MDP, she oversees clinical research operations and PI initiated research. He is responsible for administering cognitive tests, assisting our clinicians, coordinating visit schedules, and managing  data for research studies.

 

 

Maysa Jawdat, BS 
Clinical Trial Manager 

Maysa Jawdat

Maysa Jawdat joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2016. Maysa received her bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Before joining the MDP, Maysa served as a Research Assistant at the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging, a Georgetown University team researching the effects of drug and alcohol use on adolescent brain development. As Clinical Trial Manager for the MDP, she oversees clinical research operations and PI initiated research. She is responsible for administering cognitive tests, assisting our clinicians, coordinating visit schedules, and managing  data for research studies.

 

Jessica Poe, BS
Clinical Operations and Recruitment CoordinatorJess

Jessica Poe joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2017. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Simmons College in 2014. Jessica manages regulatory affairs including study start up and submissions to the GU IRB, oversees the clinical trials, administers cognitive testing, updates social media, assists in coordination of clinic visits, and co-manages study budgets and contracts. 

 

 

 

Sierra Stites, BA
CLINICAL TRIAL COORDINATORSierra

Sierra Stites joined the Memory Disorders Program in 2017. She received her bachelor's degree in Literary Studies and Pre-Medicine from Middlebury College in 2014. Before joining the MDP, Sierra served as a Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As Clinical Research Coordinator for the MDP, she is responsible for administering cognitive tests, assisting our clinicians, coordinating visit schedules, and managing  data for research studies.