Faculty and Collaborators


Administration
NameTitleInformationPhone

Stephen T. Higgins PhDStephen T. Higgins, PhD

VCBH Director
Virginia H. Donaldson Professor of Translational Science
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science
COBRE PI/Director
TCORS PI/Director
NIH/NIDA T32 Research Training Program PI/Director
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio

Phil AdesPhilip A. Ades, MD

VCBH Associate Director
Professor of Medicine
COBRE Co-I/Associate Director
TCORS Co-I

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio
Charlie BrooksCharles BrooksResearch SpecialistEmail 
Susan EnosSusan EnosAdministrative AssistantEmail802-656-9615
Noelle SevoianNoelle SevoianBusiness AdministratorEmail
Nicole TwohigNicole TwohigCommunications and Program SpecialistEmail


Faculty
NameTitleInformationPhone

Ahern_Thomas_150x200Tom Ahern, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

EmailPubMed | CV | Bio

Robert Althoff, MDRob Althoff, MD, PhD

Chair of Psychiatry and Associate Professor
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-1070
Ira Bernstein, MD headshotIra Bernstein, MD

John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Bernstein Lab

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-5112

Bader Chaarani, PhDBader Chaarani, PhD

Assistant Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed | CV | Bio 
sulamunn-sully-R-M-coleman-300x300Sulamunn "Sully" Coleman, PhDAssistant Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Dittus_KimKim Dittus, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine / Clinical Director,
Oncology Rehab
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-5470

Kirk Dombrowski, PhDKirk Dombrowski, PhD

Vice President for Research
University of Vermont
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-2918

Diann Gaalema, PhDDiann E. Gaalema, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry 
COBRE Associate Director, Administration Core
TCORS Site PI
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9874

Hugh Garavan, PhDHugh P. Garavan, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Neuroimaging Research Vermont (NERVE) Lab Director
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9618

Sarah Heil, PhDSarah H. Heil, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director, UVM TCORS
NIH/NIDA Research Training Program Associate Director (T32)
Associate Director, UVM Center on Rural Addiction (CORA)
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-8712

Amy Hughes LansingAmy Hughes Lansing, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Psychological Science
Hughes Lansing Lab
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Sherrie Khadanga, MDSherrie Khadanga, MD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiologist, UVM Medical Center

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-2700

Elias Klemperer PhDElias Klemperer, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor,
Psychiatry and Psychological Science

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-1641
Heidi MelbostadHeidi Melbostad, PhDResearch Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Director, Chittenden Clinic
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Kelly PeckKelly Peck, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor,
Psychiatry and Psychological Science
PET Study Lab

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9610

Phillips_Julie_WCJulie Phillips, MD

Associate Professor,
Obstetrics-Gynecology & Maternal Fetal Medicine
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-0813
Alexi Potter PhDAlexandra Potter, PhD


Associate Professor of Psychiatry 

 

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-6955

Rawson PictureRichard A. Rawson, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
COBRE Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination Core
Senior Advisor, Best Practices Core, UVM CORA
Email | PubMed| CV | Bio 

Stacey Sigmon, PhDStacey C. Sigmon, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
COBRE Director, Behavioral Economics Core
COBRE Core Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination
TCORS Project PI
Director, UVM Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA)
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9987

Brian Sprague MD headshotBrian Sprague, PhD

VCBH Senior Epidemiologist
Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System
Registry PI, Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-4112
Eric ThrailKill, PhDEric Thrailkill, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Andrea Villanti HeadshotAndrea Villanti, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Psychiatry and Psychological Science
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Co-Director, Surveillance & Evaluation Core, UVM CORA

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 


Biostatisticians
NameTitleInformationPhone
Gary J. Badger, MSBiostatisticianEmail802-656-2526
Mike DeSarnoBiostatisticianEmail802-656-2587
Joan Skelly, MS
BiostatisticianEmail802-656-0618

 

COBRE & TCORS External Advisory Committee Members
NameAffiliationInformation
Warren Bickel, PhD
(Chair, COBRE EAC; TCORS EAC)
Virginia Tech
Neal L. Benowitz, MD
(TCORS EAC)
University of California San FranciscoEmail | PubMed
Rick Bevins, PhD
(COBRE EAC)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Eric Donny, PhD 
(TCORS EAC)
Wake Forest University
Leonard Epstein PhD
(COBRE EAC)
University at Buffalo
Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
(TCORS EAC)
University of Minnesota
Jack Henningfield, PhD
(COBRE & TCORS EAC)
Pinney Associates
Jennifer Tidey, PhD
(COBRE EAC)
Brown University


VCBH External Consultants and Research Collaborators
NameAffiliationInformation
Dustin Lee, PhDJohns Hopkins UniversityEmail | PubMed
Donald Shepard, PhDBrandeis UniversityEmail | PubMed
Eric Slade, PhDJohns Hopkins UniversityEmail | PubMed
Jennifer Tidey, PhDBrown UniversityEmail | PubMed

 

COBRE Internal Advisory Committee
NameAffiliationInformation
Mark E. Bouton, PhDUVM Department of Psychology
Christopher S. Francklyn, PhDUVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Vermont Biomedical Research NetworkEmail | PubMed
Charles G. Irvin, PhDUVM Department of Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics
Polly E. Parsons, MDUVM Department of Medicine
Patricia A. Prelock, PhDUVM Provost and Senior Vice President


COBRE Community Advisory Committee
NameAffiliationInformation
John R. Brooklyn, MD
Family and Addiction Medicine
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Megan Detweiler, BSN, RN, CARN
Director of Nursing
Chittenden Clinic/Howard Center Email 
Mark Levine, MD 
Commissioner
Vermont Department of HealthEmail
Rhonda Williams, MS
Chronic Disease Prevention Chief
Vermont Department of HealthEmail