Our Team

Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab Members

 

Amanda Staiano, Ph.D., M.P.P.

Alyssa Button, Ph.D.

Katherine (Katie) E. Spring, Ph.D.

Mónica Suárez Reyes, Ph.D.

Natalie Malek

Angelle Graham Ullmer, RDN

Lauren Himel, MS, CHES

Elizabeth Bankhead, MS

Sophia Ramirez, MS

Peyton Murray, MA

Kaitlyn Corkern

 

 

Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Affiliated Team Members

 

Lacie Michel Bogen, Ph.D.

Lauren Pitre, MS

Kelli DeLarue

Ricky Brock, RN

Dorian J. Stewart

 

  

Amanda E. Staiano, Ph.D., M.P.P.

  Associate Professor, Population & Public Health Sciences
  Director, Pediatric Obesity & Health Behavior Laboratory

 Dr. Amanda Staiano's CV

  

   Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

   6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

   Amanda.Staiano@pbrc.edu

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Video Overview of Implementation Science and Child Obesity

2007 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Psychology

2009 | Georgetown University | McCourt School of Public Policy | Master of Public Policy

2010 | Georgetown University | Doctor of Philosophy | Developmental Psychology

2017 | Tulane University | Master of Science | Clinical Research

Dr. Amanda Staiano is a faculty member and Director of the Pediatric Obesity & Health Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She also holds an adjunct appointment in LSU's Department of Psychology. Dr. Staiano earned her PhD in developmental psychology and master of public policy at Georgetown University, followed by a master of science in clinical research at Tulane University. Her primary interest is developing and testing family-based healthy lifestyle interventions that utilize innovative technology to decrease pediatric obesity and its comorbidities. Her research has involved over 1500 children and adolescents, including randomized controlled trials and prospective cohorts, to examine the influence of physical activity and sedentary behavior on body composition and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Due to Dr. Staiano's specific interest in using technology to promote physical activity and healthy behaviors, she was recently PI of the GameSquad study, a randomized controlled trial that tested the efficacy of a 6-month physical activity program for children’s weight management delivered via exergaming, wireless activity monitoring, and telehealth counseling, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA 15GRNT24480070). Her other current trials utilize technology for behavior change, including developing and testing a mobile app for parents of preschoolers to increase children’s physical activity and improve self-regulation skills (NIH R21HD095035) and the use of telehealth counseling in a primary care-based pragmatic trial of children with obesity (PCORI PCS-2017C2-7542 and CDC U18DP006425 Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration/ CORD 3.0).

Her previous studies include two large epidemiological studies of children’s physical activity: an NIMHD-funded study of 175 preschool-aged children in daycare centers (U54MD008602-P02UAB) and a USDA-funded study of 342 adolescents 10 to 16 years of age, including 41% ethnic minority and 50% with overweight or obesity (USDA 3092-51000-056-04A). Dr. Staiano's research studies employ a variety of innovative behavioral tools including exergaming, mobile apps, and telehealth counseling, coupled with study designs that utilize dietary recall, remote data collection and intervention delivery, physical activity assessment via accelerometry and heart rate monitors, observational behavioral analysis of activity, the development and implementation of age-specific exercise protocols, and other behavioral and psychological assessments.

Drawing from her public policy training, Dr. Staiano participates in scientific advocacy at the national, state, and local level.

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Alyssa Button, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Alyssa.Button@pbrc.edu

2015 | College at Brockport | Bachelor of Science | Psychology

2017 | College at Brockport | Master of Science | Psychology

2022 | University at Buffalo | PhD in Combined Counseling and School Psychology

 

Alyssa is a postdoctoral research fellow who joined the lab in Fall 2022. She received her bachelors and master’s degrees in psychology from the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and her PhD in combined counseling and school psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of child and family weight loss/healthy behavior interventions, psychosocial determinants of health behaviors in youth, as well as equitable and accessible behavioral health treatments. Alyssa has experience working as an FBT-Health Coach providing behavioral weight loss counseling on an NIH-funded multi-site RCT, as well as experience providing therapeutic services to treatment-seeking youth with obesity in a pediatric bariatric surgery and weight management clinic.

 

 

Katherine (Katie) E. Spring, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Katie.Spring@pbrc.edu

2015 | Holmes Community College | Associate of Arts | Pre-Physical Therapy
2017 | Mississippi State University | Bachelor of Science | Kinesiology | Clinical Exercise Physiology
2019 | Mississippi State University | Master of Science | Kinesiology | Exercise Physiology
2023 | Auburn University | Doctor of Philosophy | Kinesiology | Pediatric Obesity and Exercise Behavior


Katie joined the lab as a postdoctoral research fellow Summer 2023. After attending Holmes Community College to play tennis and obtain her Associate of Arts degree, she then went on to receive her bachelor's and master's degrees in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University. In the Fall of 2019, she began her doctorate work at Auburn University. Her research primarily focuses on the effects of physical activity and play on young children's physical, behavioral, and learning outcomes. She is especially interested in school-based approaches that incorporate movement into learning objectives.

 

 

 

Mónica Suárez Reyes, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Monica.Suarezreyes@pbrc.edu

2007 | University of Santiago, Chile | Bachelor of Science | Physical Activity and Health

2013 | University of Chile, Chile | Master of Science | Nutrition and Health Promotion

2019 | Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium | PhD in Public Health Sciences

 

Mónica is a postdoctoral fellow and joined the lab in June 2023. Her career has been focused on studying the relationship between physical activity, health, and lifestyles habit. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Physical Activity Sciences and then completed a Master's degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion in Chile. Later on, she followed a Ph.D. training in Public Health at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.   

 

 

Natalie Malek

Lab Manager

Natalie.Malek@pbrc.edu

Natalie is the Lab Manager and manages multiple clinical trials, including the design and implementation of operations, utilization of data entry systems, and financial tracking. Natalie supervises clinical team members to ensure participant safety and compliance with GCP and research study protocols. She also serves as the central hub for trial communications within the team and the study sponsor, investigators, and collaborators.

 

Angelle Graham Ullmer, RDN

Manager - Pediatric Nutrition

Angelle.Graham@pbrc.edu

Angelle is the Master Health Coach for the Louisiana clinics participating in the PCORI Pediatric Obesity Project called TEAM UP. She is certified in Family Based Behavioral Treatment for the treatment of child obesity. After graduating Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Angelle began working in the outpatient clinic at Pennington Biomedical as a study coordinator. She went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian and completed a Master in Science Health and Human Performance at McNeese. She returned to PBRC as a health coach for the PROPEL Study in New Orleans and currently works with the TEAM UP study.

 

Lauren Himel, MS, CHES

Project Manager

Lauren.Himel@pbrc.edu

2018 | Southeastern Louisiana University | Bachelor of Science | Kinesiology and Health Education and Promotion

2021 | Southeastern Louisiana University| Master of Health and Kinesiology

 

Lauren Himel is a project manager who joined the lab in Summer 2021. She received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Education and Promotion from Southeastern Louisiana University. She worked as a health coach for a year before going back to school to receive her Master of Science in Health and Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Studies. During graduate school, Lauren worked with professors who research related to health promotion and education for various population groups. She also did an internship with the health center on campus to provide health education to the student body on campus. Lauren is currently a Certified Health Education Specialist.

 

 

Elizabeth Bankhead, MS

Research Specialist II

elizabeth.bankhead@pbrc.edu

2020 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Kinesiology 2023 | Louisiana State University | Master of Science | Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences

Elizabeth currently holds the role of Research Specialist II in the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behaviors Laboratory, where she recently joined in June of 2023. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 2020 with a goal of eventually pursuing a career in the health and fitness field. Following her undergraduate graduation, she decided to return to LSU to further her education by earning a Master of Science with a concentration in Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences. While earning her Masters, she concurrently worked towards her Louisiana teaching certification for physical education. Elizabeth has a comprehensive background with extensive experience in the fields of fitness, nutrition, and education.

 

 

Sophia Ramirez, MS

Research Specialist II

sophia.ramirez@pbrc.edu

 

2020 | University of Georgia Bachelor of Science | Biology

2020 | University of Georgia Bachelor of Science | Mathematics

2023 | Kennesaw State University Master of Science | Exercise Science

 

Sophia is a research specialist who joined the lab July of 2023. In 2020, she received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia in Biology and Mathematics. In May of 2023 she received her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University. She has served as a graduate teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology as well as graduate research assistant for a NIH-funded study investigating the lifestyle risk factors and the development in gestational diabetes. She is a member of the Obesity Society and the Obesity Medicine Association. Her research interests include obesity, weight loss, maternal and child health, lifestyle interventions, and body composition.

 

 

Peyton Murray, MA

Data Manager

Peyton.Murray@pbrc.edu

 

2015 | Louisiana Tech University | Bachelor of Science | Family and Child Studies

2017 | Louisiana Tech University | Master of Arts | Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

Peyton Murray is the data manager for the lab working on the RYSE and GamerFit studies. She has been working in research since 2014 starting out as an undergraduate Research Assistant at Louisiana Tech University. Her experience in research includes project management, regulatory coordination, and data management. While her research focus has been pediatric obesity, she’s also worked on projects focusing on breast cancer, COVID-19, early literacy, & classroom management.

 

 

Kaitlyn Corkern

kaitlyn.corkern@pbrc.edu

 

Kaitlyn Corkern is the administrative coordinator for the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab as well as two other labs on campus. She is a Baton Rouge native and began working for Pennington in April of 2023. Kaitlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University with a minor in Leadership and Human Resource Management and Political Science. She is enthusiastic about supporting the lab’s studies by maintaining administrative duties so we can make a healthier Louisiana!

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Team Members

 

 

 

Lacie Michel Bogen, Ph.D.

Lacie.Bogen@pbrc.edu

 

1999 | Loyola University New Orleans | Bachelor of Arts | Psychology

2001 | Southeastern Louisiana University | Master of Arts | Psychology

2009 | Louisiana State University | Doctor of Philosophy | Sociology 

 

Lacie is an Assistant Professor, WAE in Population and Public Health at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, where she joined the team in January 2023. She also holds an adjunct teaching appointment at Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement.  

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola University New Orleans in 1999 and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001. After completing her Master's degree, she worked at Pennington Biomedical (2002-2004) in the Division of Scientific Education. Following her graduation with a Doctorate in Sociology from LSU and her appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Bogen chose to pause her professional employment track and focus on her role as caretaker within the sandwich generation. Demographically speaking, the sandwich generation is the cohort responsible for raising their own children while also caring for their aging parents. That experience has provided a significant framework for her future research endeavors.

As a researcher and educator trained in the social and behavioral sciences, she has a comprehensive set of academic, clinical, and professional experiences, including grant writing, program management, data analysis, survey methodology, questionnaire construction, facilitating engaging presentations and advising undergraduate students.  While her primary research interests include social networks, health behaviors, and community engagement, she has worked on various projects, ranging from prosocial responses and evacuation behaviors during natural disasters to weight loss maintenance, to content analyses and memory and cognition recall processes. She is excited to be a part of the Pennington Biomedical team and eager to share her knowledge, skills, and abilities with the Greaux Healthy Initiative.  

 

 

Lauren Pitre, MS

Lauren.Pitre@pbrc.edu

 

2018 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Dietetics

2020 | Oregon Health & Science University | Master of Science | Human Nutrition

 

Lauren is a research dietitian in the Pediatric Obesity & Health Behavior Laboratory, and she joined the lab in April 2023. Lauren is currently a collaborator on the LA Health outreach curriculum, which will be implemented in Louisiana elementary and middle schools for the prevention of childhood obesity. Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Louisiana State University, and then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University. Lauren is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer and has a Certificate of Training in Obesity for Pediatrics and Adults. Lauren's passion is the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Prior to her work in this lab, she conducted research in Oregon assessing muscle retention and metabolic adaptation in patients undergoing bariatric surgery, and she now concurrently works as a clinical dietitian specializing in bariatric surgery nutrition.

 

 

Kelli DeLarue

Kelli.Delarue@pbrc.edu

 

Kelli DeLarue earned her Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in Early Childhood Education. Kelli is the owner and founder of Learn to Play—a playroom organization and design business. Kelli taught PK4 for four years before becoming a stay-at-home mom, working full-time for Learn to Play, and working for PBRC as an Education Consultant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky Brock, RN

Ricky.Brock@pbrc.edu

Ricky is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, following with an RN Diploma from the Baton Rouge General School of Nursing.  He trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care working at a large, local medical center, and then as a travel nurse in hospitals across the U.S. for a couple of years.  From his start at Pennington Biomedical as a Nurse Coordinator, he has moved into several diverse roles helping set up and manage the Inpatient Metabolic Unit at Pennington and managing the Clinical Trials Outpatient Unit for over 8 years.  Also, during this time he managed several larger, multi-center trials helping to establish a Coordinating Center at Pennington Biomedical along with a network of physicians and clinical sites across Louisiana, and helped create a private company to expand the Coordinating Center capabilities for Pennington.  After working as a Senior Research Associate with a group of research consultants based in New Orleans for a few years, he returned to Pennington Biomedical in 2011 as Director of Medical Services, working as the Project Director for Heads Up, a large, multicenter behavioral and bariatric surgery program for state employees.  He is managing the Data Coordinating Center and clinical operations for the TEAM UP study.   

 

 

Dorian J. Stewart

Education Specialist

Dorian.Stewart@pbrc.edu

 

Dorian J. Stewart is a career Educator and Instructional Leader with over a decade of service in the public schools systems of North Carolina and Louisiana. She lives by the Horace Mann and William H. Turner quote “Education, beyond all devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men. It not only robs the poor of their hostility towards the rich but it prevents them from being poor.” Therefore after graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern University and A&M College, she moved to North Carolina where she began her teaching career with Cumberland County Public Schools. Since that time some of her professional accomplishments include being named Teacher of the Month, Teacher of the Year, Mentor Teacher, Louisiana Department of Education Teacher Leader Advisor, Content Leader, and Teacher Advisory Council Member. She has honed her skills while working with both regular education and special education student populations and their families, teachers, administrators, and school district leaders. Outside of work, Dorian enjoys giving back as an active member of her community through involvement in hosting social bicycle rides, awareness events, and volunteering with her beloved sorority Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Students

 

 

Ethan Abbenante

Undergraduate Student Worker, 2022-present

Ethan.Abbenante@pbrc.edu

 

2024 | Louisiana State Univeristy | Bachelor of Science

Ethan Abbenante is a research intern in the Pediatric Obesity Health and Behavior Lab. He joined the team in 2022 and currently assists on the TEAM UP and Greaux Healthy research studies. He is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at LSU and intends to apply to medical school once he finishes his undergraduate curriculum.

 

 

 


 

Postdoctoral Fellows Alumni

 

Chelsea Kracht, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Physical Activity & Weight Management

Department of Internal Medicine 

University of Kansas Medical Center

 

 

Maura Kepper, PhD

Postdoc Fellow (Dr. Staiano was Co-Mentor), 2016-2019

Currently Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

 

 

Staff Alumni

Lindsay Hall, MA

Data Manager, 2018-2023; previously in Dr. Martin's lab, 2010-2018

 

Sydney Vidrine, MPH

Research Specialist II, 2021-2023

 

Ken Singletary, MHS, CCRA, CCRC

TEAM UP Regulatory Research Specialist, 2018-21

 

Jill Hancock, MPH

TEAM UP Research Specialist, 2020-21

 

Megan Herold

TEAM UP Research Specialist, 2018-21

 

Megan Lee

TEAM UP Research Specialist, 2020-21

 

Arwen Marker, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychology Intern, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus Ohio, 2020

Project Manager, 2012-15

B.A., 2012, Psychology, Emory University

PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2020, University of Kansas

Erika Rodriguez-Guzman

Clinical Research Coordinator II, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2020

TEAM UP Research Specialist, 2018

 

Graduate Alumni

 

Gabrielle Gonzales, MPH, BS

Graduate Student Intern, 2020-2021

M.P.H., 2021, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Louisiana State University Health Sciences

B.S., 2019, Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University

PhD candidate in Community Health Sciences, Louisiana State University Health Sciences

 

Caroline Barbaree, MBA, BS

Policy Intern, 2016-17

M.B.A., 2017, Flores MBA Program, Louisiana State University

B.S., 2015, Business, E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University

Client Associate at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Lanell Craig, BS

Research Trainee, 2019
PhD Nursing candidate, Southern University

Nicole Dominique, BS, BA

Medical Student Trainee, 2018

B.S., 2017, Microbiology, Louisiana State University

B.A., 2017, English Literature, Louisiana State University

Pursuing concurrent M.D. and MPH degrees, 2021, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center- New Orleans
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Recipient
Won 2nd place at annual LSUHSC Medical Student Research Day for Project Power

Neelima Gonugunta, MBBS

Research Trainee, 2014

Noelle Hadley, BS

Research Trainee, 2015
MPH candidate in Biostatistics, Tulane University

Amber Jarrell, BS

Medical Student Trainee, 2016-17

B.S., 2012, Biology, Southern University and A&M College

M.D., 2019, LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
Won 3rd place at the annual LSUHSC Medical Student Research Day for Our Lifestyles Our Lives
Co-authored manuscript (Staiano et al., Childhood Obesity 2017;13:4)
Now pediatric resident at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health

Erica Joseph, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

Research Trainee, 2018

DNP, 2015, Southern University & A&M College

Post-Masters, 2012, Southeastern Louisiana University

MSN, 2008, Southern University & A&M College

BSN, 1999, Southern University & A&M College

PhD Candidate, 2019, Southern University

Michelle Liu, BS, BA

Research Assistant, 2015

B.S., 2013, Neuroscience, Tulane University

B.A., 2013, Anthropology, Tulane University

Currently an MD candidate (2018), Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Madeline Morrell, MPH, BS

Graduate Trainee, 2015

MPH, 2015, Epidemiology, Tulane University

Formerly a Data Management Specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Currently a Health Informatics Epidemiologist with the State of Tennessee Department of Health's Outbreak and Chronic Disease Division

Jessica Seay, BS

Graduate Trainee, 2019

MD/MPH (Candidate), 2021, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Amanda Weathers-Meyer, MS
Graduate Trainee, 2017-19
Currently pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology and M.Ed. in Counseling, Louisiana State University


Undergraduate Alumni

Hannah Abney, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2014

B.S., 2017, Pre-Dental and Biology, Minor in Psychology, Louisiana State University

Maggie Bain Brill, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2014

B.S., 2016, Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

Currently Director of Homework Cafe in Houston, TX

James Burns Jr., BS

 Undergraduate Trainee, 2017

 B.S. Candidate (2017), Kinesiology / Fitness Studies, Louisiana State University 

Gabriella “Gabbi” Chauvin

Undergraduate Trainee, 2017

B.S. Candidate (2021), Biology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Alexandra DeWitt, BS

Graduate Trainee 2017

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate (2020), University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

B.S., 2016, Biology, Louisiana State University

Beatriz Fernando-Coelho

Undergraduate Trainee, 2018-19

Pursuing B.S., 2021 (Candidate), Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

Johannah Frelier, BS

Research Assistant, 2014-2015

B.S., 2014, Psychology, Louisiana State University

MPH, 2017, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Research Assistant at Harvard School of Public Health with Dr. Sara Bleich
Currently Louisiana Farm to School Manager at LSU AgCenter

Alexandra Gillio, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2014

B.S., 2015, Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

Caroline Goodner, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2016

B.S., University of Texas
Currently MD Candidate at Texas A&M

Hayden Guidry

Undergraduate Trainee, 2017

B.S., 2020, Biology, Louisiana State University
Currently second year MD/MPH student at LSUHSC New Orleans

Hannah Haddad

Undergraduate Trainee, 2016-

B.S., 2018, Pre-Medical, Nutrition and Food Sciences Minors in Health Sciences and Sociology, Louisiana State University

Ogden Honors College

Ellery Hayden

Research Assistant, 2015

B.S. candidate (2018), Rhodes College

LSUHSC Medical School student, 2018-22

Alex Henderson

Undergraduate Trainee, 2017

B.S. Candidate (2018), Microbiology, Louisiana State University

Cullen Hodges, BS

Student Worker, 2014-2015

B.S., 2017, Pre-Med, Biology, Louisiana State University

Elizabeth Joseph, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2017-19

Ogden Honors College Graduate

Recipient of the LSU Undergraduate Distinguished Researcher Medal
First authored manuscript (Joseph et al., Global Pediatric Health 2019)
Co-authored manuscript (Kracht, Joseph, & Staiano, Current Obesity Reports, 2020;9(1))

Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference, 2018 (Ann Beh Med 2018;25(Suppl 1):S304)

Currently pursuing a PhD in psychology at Texas Christian University

Amelie Kramer, BS

Undergraduate Student Worker, 2016-19

Currently pursuing a masters in higher education at Louisiana State University 

Molly Mallory, MHA

Undergraduate Trainee, 2016

B.S., 2017, Psychology, Minor in Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

M.H.A., 2021, Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Currently Strategic Planning Analyst at Children's Hospital New Orleans

Annie McLemore, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2016

B.S., 2016, Nutrition & Food Sciences: Dietetics, Louisiana State University

Currently a radiobiologist at Baylor College of Medicine Houston

  

Paige Menier, B.S.

Undergraduate Student Worker, 2017

B.S., 2013, Business Management, Louisiana State University

B.S., 2017, Dietetics, Louisiana State University

Clinical Research Coordinator at Ochsner Heath Center - Summa
Currently Site Director at Meridian Clinical Research

Sai Pochana

Student Worker, 2018-2021

B.S., 2021, Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University

LSUHSC Medical Student, 2022-26

 

Abigail Randolph

Undergraduate Trainee, 2021-2022

B.S., 2022, Biological Science and Psychology, Louisiana State University
Currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Florida State University to examine how early life adversity influences neural circuit adaptations and the physiological processes that mediate these behaviors.

Recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award, 2024.

 

Claire Tate

Undergraduate Trainee, 2021

Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and plans to attend medical school

 

Ansleigh Thibodeaux

Undergraduate Trainee, 2016

B.S. Candidate (2019), Psychology, Minors in Health Sciences and Sociology, Louisiana State University

Currently a secretary at Lisa Jordan Dale - Attorney at Law

Aimee Troxclair, BS

Undergraduate Trainee, 2015 

B.S., 2015, Kinesiology, Southeastern University

Jordan "Gracie" Wilburn

Student Worker, 2019-2021

B.S., 2021, Psychology, Sociology, Louisiana State University

Currently pursuing M.S., 2023, Northwestern State University

 

Zoe Wilhelm

Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Trainee, 2017

B.S. Candidate (2018), Pre-Medical, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Minor in Music, Louisiana State University

Ogden Honors College 
Currently Clinical Research Coordinator II at Baylor College of Medicine

Courtney Wright, BS  

Undergraduate Trainee, 2014 

Robert Noyce Research Scholar, Summer 2014 

B.S., 2016, Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University 

Student teacher at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School (2016-)

Andrew Sellers

Student Worker, 2022-2023

B.S. Candidate (2025), Psychology, Louisiana State University

 

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