Stern Lab Alumni
Christine Baugh graduated from Harvard College (2010) and from BU School of Public Health (2012). She previously served as the BU CTE Center’s Clinical Research and Program Coordinator and as a Research Instructor in BU School of Medicine's Department of Neurology. Christine is pursuing her PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University. She is continuing her concussion-related research as an NCAA Graduate Student Grant Award Recipient, a Graduate Student Researcher in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a member of the Health Policy Data Science Lab.
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Ms. Bourlas completed her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and her Master’s degree at Boston University. Her Master’s thesis examining the effect of age of first exposure on later-life mood, behavior, and executive function was completed at the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center under the supervision of Dr. Robert Stern. She is currently a medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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James is an undergraduate Biochemistry major at University of Massachusetts Boston. He’s a non-traditional student, and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. During his enlistment he worked as an intelligence analyst and has supported military operations around the globe including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, counter narcotics operations in South America, and special operations units in the Middle East and Africa. James developed an interest in neuroscience from witnessing the impact of PTSD in troops returning from warzones.
Dan Daneshvar completed the degree requirements for a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2013, en route to M.D./Ph.D. dual degrees expected in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with Concentrations in Cognitive Neuroscience and Poetry. He joined the CTE Center at Boston University School of Medicine in January 2009.
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Nate joined the CTE Center team in June, 2012, after graduating from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, Nate earned a B.A. in biology while playing four years of NCAA Division III lacrosse and singing in a collegiate a cappella group. As a Research Assistant, and later Research Coordinator, he directed the CTE Center’s DETECT Study through May of 2015. Nate is now a member of the class of 2019 at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.
Kristin Galetta completed her undergraduate degree at Barnard College in 2008 and earned her medical school degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She worked at the CTE center during the summer of 2014 as an intern investigating the use of visual tests in CTE and Alzheimer’s disease. She is now a resident in the Partner’s Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
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Danielle graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2014 with a B.S. in biopsychology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She had completed 1.5 years of undergraduate research experience when she joined the BU CTE Center. Danielle is currently in medical school at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as a member of the Class of 2019.
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Sarah earned a B.S. in Health Science from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2014 she interned at the World Health Organization while studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, and she joined the CTE Center in January 2015 shortly after returning to the US. Currently, she is pursuing an MPH from the BU School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology.
Dr. Jennifer C. Hunter is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Hunter has 10 years of public health experience working in government and academic settings. At CDC, Dr. Hunter's work has focused on the prevention of and response to emerging infectious diseases, including Ebola virus disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), and antimicrobial resistant infections. She received a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and earned an MPH at Boston University School of Public Health.
Kait first joined the CTE Center as a graduate research intern with Christine Baugh while completing her MPH at Boston University. Kait then began working full time as the LEGEND Study Coordinator, while also assisting with the DETECT study, managing the CTE Center intern program and other various side projects. After completing her MPH in May, she has since moved back to her alma mater, The University of Kansas. Kait is still involved in projects at the CTE Center, both clinical and legislative. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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Cliff Robbins began his work in concussion and CTE with Dr. Stern as the study coordinator for the LEGEND program and the Brain Donation Registry. He has authored and co-authored several publications with the BU CTE center team on CTE and repetitive brain trauma. He currently manages educational and research programs for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, where he regularly speaks around the world about the long term consequences of repetitive brain trauma and proper concussion management.
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Dr. Solomon completed his bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University and earned his PhD from New York University in the Department of Applied Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology. He completed his clinical internship at The Memory Clinic with a specialty in the neuropsychology of aging and dementia. In 2013, he joined the department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology. He serves as an investigator at BU's Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.
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Dr. Stamm earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2015 under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Stern and Martha Shenton. She was the recipient of an NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship award in 2012. Her dissertation work examined the later-life neuropsychological and structural consequences of incurring repeated head impacts through tackle football during a critical neurodevelopmental period prior to age 12 as well as diffusion tensor imaging in former NFL players at high risk for having CTE. Dr. Stamm is currently conducting concussion research as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Megan Wulff worked at Boston University School of Medicine from 2006 to 2010, during which time she managed clinical research studies on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Alzheimer’s disease, coordinated brain donation for the Boston University CTE Center, and completed an MPH in Health Law. She left Boston University to attend Yale Law School and pursue a career in health law. She is currently Senior Manager for Market Performance at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.
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Dr. Damman graduated in 2008 with a degree in neuropsychology. In the same year she began working as a neuropsychologist in a nursing home, where she worked with patients who were recovering from a stroke or suffering from Alzheimer's disease, other causes of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer. In 2013 she finished her postdoc in psychology, and since 2014 she has run her own practice.
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Sam Neveu is a senior studying Neuroscience at Boston University. He joined the CTE Center as a LEGEND intern in August 2015. Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Sam enjoys biking, skiing and playing the saxophone. His research interests include determining the specific risk factors for CTE and the use of biomarkers to help diagnose the disease.
Hanaan Bing-Canar graduated from Haverford College in 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. While at Haverford, Hanaan had the experience of working in cognitive psychology, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience labs, as well as completing a year-long thesis examining the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain's response to performance errors. Hanaan is currently applying to graduate programs.
Kim is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in psychology. After graduation, Kim worked as a psychometrician, where she was first exposed to neuropsychology and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Kim is currently a research assistant/psychometrician at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she works on the HOPE Study. Kim is currently attending a doctoral program in clinical psychology. She enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Diane Essis completed her Bachelors of Art in Biological Sciences with a Cellular and Molecular Concentration at Connecticut College in 2012 and her Master of Science in Management with a Concentration in Eldercare Administration at Lasell College in 2013. Diane joined the ADC in August of 2013, serving as a member of the ADC Clinical Core where she was in charge of research recruitment and retention across all BU ADC research studies and clinical trials. She also helped create the bi-annual newsletter and worked closely with the ADC Education Core to promote Alzheimer’s disease outreach and education. Diane is currently attending Wayne State University School of Medicine.
John Hayden graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Vassar College, where he conducted research in a neuroendocrinology lab. John’s undergraduate research focused on the impact of hormone therapy on behavioral recovery following traumatic brain injury. He received his Master of Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine in 2016. He is currently attending Boston University School of Medicine as a first year medical student.
Johnny Jarnagin served in the United States Army from 2007 to 2011 as a Combat Medic. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009-2010. He is currently attending The University of Massachusetts Boston, where he will be receiving a B.S. in Psychology in December 2015. He joined the CTE Center in November 2014. Johnny is currently attending University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.