Faculty, Staff & Advisors

Image of Stephen HigginsStephen T. Higgins, PhDVCBH Director
COBRE PI/Director
TCORS PI/Director
NIH/NIDA Research Training Program PI/Director
Email | PubMed | CV | Brief Bio 
Image of Phil AdesPhilip A. Ades, MDVCBH Associate Director
COBRE Co-I/Associate Director
EmailPubMed | CV
Stacey Sigmon headshotStacey C. Sigmon, PhDCOBRE Core Director, Behavioral Economics
COBRE Core Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination
TCORS Project PI
Email | PubMed | CV
Image of Diann GaalemaDiann E. Gaalema, PhDCOBRE Core Associate Director,  Administration
Email | PubMed | CV
Image of John HughesJohn R. Hughes, MDTCORS Associate Director

Email | PubMed| CV

Grant Abstracts

Other Support

Image of Sarah HeilSarah H. Heil, PhD

TCORS Project PI
NIH/NIDA Research Training Program Associate Director

Email | PubMed | CV
Image of Hugh GaravanHugh P. Garavan, PhD
Neuroimaging Research Vermont (NERVE) Lab DirectorEmail | PubMed | CV
Image of Rick RawsonRichard A. Rawson, PhD
Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed| CV

Andrea VillantiAndrea Villanti, PhD

Associate Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed | CV

Image of Allison KurtiAllison Kurti, PhD

Assistant Professor of PsychiatryEmail PubMed | CV

Image of Brian Sprague

Brian Sprague, PhD

VCBH Senior Epidemiologist 
Former COBRE Project Director
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, UVM Larner College of Medicine

Email | PubMed | CV
Image of Bader ChaaraniBader Chaarani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email | PubMed  | CV

Peck_Kelly (1)Kelly Peck, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Email PubMed | CV
Administrative Staff
Image of Diana CainDiana CainResearch Grant Administrator Email
Image of Susan EnosSusan Enos
Administrative Assistant Email

Noelle SevoianNoelle Sevoian, MS

Research Grant Administrator
Image of Marissa WellsMarissa Palmer, MPH
Center Administrator & Communications Specialist
Gary J. Badger, MSBiostatisticianEmail
Janice Bunn, PhD
Jeffrey Priest, PhD
Joan Skelly, MS

COBRE & TCORS External Advisors
Warren Bickel, PhD.Virginia Tech
George Bigelow, PhDJohns Hopkins University
Eric Donny, PhD
Wake Forest University
Leonard Epstein PhDUniversity at Buffalo
Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
University of Minnesota
Jack Henningfield, PhDPinney Associates
Cheryl Oncken, PhD
UConn Health
Steven Schroeder, MDUniversity of California, San Francisco

External Consultants
Henrietta S. Bada, MD.University of Kentucky
Peter Anthony Hall, PhDOntario College of Psychologists
Michael J. Meaney, PhDMcGill University
Rena R. Wing, PhDBrown University
Donald Shepard, PhDBrandeis University
Rachel F. Tyndale, PhD
University of Toronto
Internal Advisors 
Mark E. Bouton, PhDUVM Department of  Psychology
Charles G. Irvin, PhD.UVM Department of Molecular  Physiology & Biophysics
Rachel K. Johnson, PhDUVM Department of Nutrition  and Food Sciences
Polly E. Parsons, MDUVM Department of Medicine
Patricia A. Prelock, PhDUVM  College of  Nursing & Health Sciences
Community Advisory Board 
John R. Brooklyn, MDUVM  Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Medicine and Psychiatry
Wendy S. Davis, MDEPSDT  Program Chief, State of Vermont, Department of Health
Craig A. Jones, MDDirector,  Vermont Blueprint for Health
Victoria Loner, RNC, B, PAHMDirector,  Quality and Care Coordination, OneCare Vermont
Judy S. Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAPExecutive Director,  Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP);  Research Associate Professor, UVM Departments of Pediatrics and NursingEmail
External Research Collaborators 
Jennifer Tidey, PhDBrown University
Craig Rush, PhDUniversity of KentuckyEmail | PubMed
Maxine StitzerJohns Hopkins University
Affiliated Faculty
Takamaru Ashikaga, PhDUVM Department of  Biostatistics
Ira Bernstein, MDUVM Departments of Obstetrics,  Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RDUVM Department of Nutrition and Food Science
James Hudziak, MDUVM Department of Psychiatry
Alexandra S. Potter, PhDUVM Department of  Psychiatry
Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhDUniversity of Wisconsin
COBRE Pilot Project Investigators 
Anita Fernander, PhDUniversity of Kentucky
Lynn Hernandez, PhDBrown University
Nadine Mastroleo, Ph.D.Brown University
Jeremy Sibold, EdDUniversity of Vermont
Jamie Studts, Ph.DUniversity of Kentucky