Physicians & Staff

Physicians

Angela Ashley, MD

Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist with special interests in dementia in African-Americans. She completed Neurology residency and Behavioral Neurology fellowship training at Emory. Dr. Ashley was responsible for the inception of the current Memory Assessment Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Lorin J. Freedman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist and an investigator in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. He received his medical and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa and completed Neurology residency training at Emory. His research interest is in the neuroanatomical basis of social judgement.

James J. Lah, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist, Associate Program Director, and an investigator in the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. He received his medical and PhD degrees from Ohio State University and completed Neurology residency training at Emory. His research interest is in the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD

Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist and Program Director. He holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology. Dr. Levey also serves as Director of the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Emory-Morehouse Alzheimer's Disease Center, and the Emory University Medical Scientist Training Program. He trained at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and the NIH. His research interests include the genetics and molecular pharmacology of Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

LaRoy Penix, MD

Associate Professor, is a board-certified Neurologist, a faculty member in the Morehouse School of Medicine, and an investigator in the Morehouse Neuroscience Institute. He trained at Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, and the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Penix is Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center Satellite at Grady, and his research focus is on hypertension and other risk factors for stroke and vascular dementia.

Larry Tune, MD

Professor, is a board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Center Clinical Core. He is also Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry division of the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Tune trained at Johns Hopkins University, and his research interests focus on behavioral and psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer's disease and other dementing disorders.

Neuropsychologists

Felicia Goldstein, PhD

Associate Professor, is a neuropsychologist and Director of the Grady Memory Assessment Clinic. Her research interests are in dementia and African-Americans and cognitive impairment in head injury.

Joanne Green, PhD

Associate Professor, is a neuropsychologist with expertise in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Her research interests include cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.

Randi Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a neuropsychologist with expertise in Huntington's disease.

Other Research Faculty

Brian J. Ciliax, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a research scientist studying brain pathology and gene expression changes in Tourette's syndrome and other neuropsychiatric conditions. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Marla Gearing, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a researcher studying pathology of Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin. She helps coordinate the Neuropathology services.

John Hanfelt, PhD

Assistant Professor, is a biostatistician in the Rollins School of Public Health, with expertise in data analysis for research in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Denny Jewart, PhD

Denny coordinates Alzheimer's disease clinical trials for Geriatric Psychiatry division.

Bruce H. Wainer, MD, PhD

Professor, is a pathologist and neuroscientist who directs the Neuropathology services. He trained at the University of Chicago. His research interests are developmental neurobiology and molecular changes in neurodegenerative disorders.

Nursing

Janet Cellar, RN, CNS

Janet is a research and clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience in care, management, education, and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She coordinates the clinic activities at the Wesley Woods Memory Disorders Clinic and clinical trials.

Joan Harrison, RN, GNP

Joan is a research nurse and clinical nurse practitioner with extensive experience in the care, management, education, and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She also coordinates the clinical trials for Huntington's disease.

Counselors

Susan Peterson-Hazan, MSW

Susan is a licensed social worker with expertise in the education and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

Ami Rosen

Ami is a genetics counselor with research and clinical interests in inheritance of risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.

Database Manager

Helena Wood, BA

Helena coordinates the collection and organization of clinical and research data for the Alzheimer's Disease Center and the Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology Program.

Psychometricians

  • Lisa Kilpatrick, MS
  • Nancy Gauchman, BS
  • Kerry Ann Kelly, BA
  • Brett Sirockman, BS
  • Karen D'Lauro, MA
  • Rebecca Saben, BS