Lab Members


Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D.
Behavioral Science







Maher A. Karam-Hage, M.D.
Associate Medical Director and Co-Investigator
Behavioral Science







Jennifer Minnix, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science







Jason Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science







Francesco Versace, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science







Susan Schembre, Ph.D., R.D. 
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science







Jeffrey Engelmann, Ph.D.
Behavioral Science




Medical Staff

  • David Hunt, PA-C, Physician Assistant
  • Rosario Wippold, RN, MPH, Research Nurse
  • Sheila Kitaka, Physician Assistant

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Yong Cui, Ph.D.
  • Robert Oum, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Menton McGinnis Deweese, Ph.D.

Research Manager

  • Jennifer Ferguson, MSW

Counseling Supervisor

  • Janeene Frerking, MA

Sr. Research Coordinator

  • Christine Jeria
  • Kimberly Claiborne
  • O’Neak Henigan, MA
  • Sarah Juarez, MA
  • Kamau Richards, MA

Research Coordinator

  • Tamera Davis, MA
  • Martha Reyes
  • Troy Gilchrist
  • Paul Barclay, MA
  • April Williams
  • Andrea Murray, MA

Sr. Laboratory Technicians

  • Danika Dirba
  • Jennifer Ng

Lab Technicians

  • Evelyn Arreola
  • Stephanie Selleh

Research Assistants

  • Earlene Brooks
  • Tarica Oliva
  • Alex Demo-Dananberg
  • Brittany Tolbert
  • Oji Okoro-Oji
  • Sparkle Foster
  • Litty Koshy
  • Dong Zheng
  • Anh Azahm
  • Ana Lopez
  • Ashley Guerrero
  • Brittany Tolbert
  • Hannah Stewart
  • Joanna Espinosa
  • Makenzie Maupin
  • Christin Banks

Contact Information

For questions about our lab, please contact:

  • Regina Richards
    Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Altoya Bazile-Robertson
    Administrative Assistant

Directions to the Dan L. Duncan Building

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