Research Coordinator

Jordan Stiver

Research Coordinator

Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University in 2013. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Sarah Holley on a study investigating the relationships between executive functioning, emotion regulation and aggressive behaviors among the general population. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Jordan worked under the supervision of Drs. Sophia Vinogradov and Rachel Loewy on a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of tablet-based cognitive training on functioning in young adults with schizophrenia.

Jordan joined the Memory and Aging Center in April 2015 as the study coordinator for the EVO Study, a project investigating the impact of a tablet-based video game on cognition in older adults with cerebrovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease. He also coordinates the Aging and Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study aiming to identify the early cognitive and neurological underpinnings of the functional decline observed in normal aging.

During his free time, Jordan enjoys playing sports, listening to a variety of music and spending time with friends and family.

Kathleen Walker

Sleep Study Coordinator

Kathleen graduated from Bates College in 2012 with a degree in neuroscience and a concentration in public health. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in August 2014 as part of the sleep research team with Dr. Christine Walsh. The study aims to investigate sleep processes in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Kathleen’s experience in clinical sleep research began at the SFVA Medical Center in 2013 where she worked as a research assistant and PSG technician within the Stress and Health Research Program.

Julia Heunis

Care Team Navigator

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Julia graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in integrative biology, with a special focus on human biology and health sciences. As an undergraduate, Julia volunteered as a research assistant in Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development Lab, where she investigated the acquisition of infants’ ability to understand others’ preferences, as well as other childhood cognitive developmental processes. During her time at Cal, she also choreographed hip hop dances and was a member of a competitive hip hop team.

Julia joined the Memory and Aging Center in November 2014 as a clinical research coordinator and Care Team Navigator for the CMS-funded Dementia Care Ecosystem. By providing a personalized and innovative model of dementia care, this study aims to keep patients healthy and safe and reduce the physical, emotional and financial burden placed on caregivers, thereby attempting to improve the quality of life of patients and their caregivers.

In her free time, you can find Julia spending time with friends, exploring beautiful San Francisco, and continuing to pursue her passion for dance.

Tacie Moskowitz

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Tacie grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in cognitive psychology and Science in Society. As an undergraduate, she became interested in the study of memory and participated in episodic memory research that tested the usefulness of SenseCam technology developed by Microsoft Research.

Tacie's love of the outdoors and interest in UCSF's Memory and Aging Center inspired her to move to the Bay Area in August 2014. She is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the Quest Diagnostics Neurobehavioral Screen.

Rowan Saloner

Research Coordinator

Rowan Saloner graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with a BS degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. During his undergraduate career, Rowan conducted Alzheimer’s Disease research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Dr. Dale Bredesen’s laboratory, developing neurobehavioral testing protocols in a mouse model. Rowan also spent time at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Jialing Liu, researching neural plasticity following stroke. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Rowan led user research efforts for the educational technology company Kizoom.

Rowan joined the Memory and Aging Center in February 2014 as the study coordinator for the Hillblom Aging Network, a longitudinal study of what constitutes normal aging and what early cognitive declines are associated with neurodegenerative disease.

In addition to his career interests in becoming a clinical neuropsychologist, Rowan is an avid Bay Area sports fan and loves exploring the hiking trails of Marin County with his dog.

Mikhail Pakvasa

Clinical Research Coordinator

Mikhail graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. At Berkeley he researched hormonal gene regulation. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015 as a research coordinator for Dr. Marilu Gorno-Tempini, investigating primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and dyslexia.

Averill Cantwell

Clinical Research Coordinator

Averill Cantwell graduated from Harvard University in May 2013 with a concentration in government and secondary field in neurobiology. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in May 2014 as a research coordinator for Dr. Gil Rabinovici's study of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Shireen Javandel

Research Coordinator

A Bay Area native, Shireen attended UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. Since then, her curiosity has led her to contribute to a variety of projects ranging from the characterization of wheat gluten proteins at the USDA to a UCSF study of early onset schizophrenia, and then on to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University. She also worked for an educational non-profit, coordinating workplace apprenticeship for middle school students in Oakland just before joining the Memory and Aging Center, where she now coordinates Dr. Valcour’s HAND symptom management through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction study. Shireen loves sports, baking and playing cards with her family.

Christie Yeung

Research Coordinator

Christie grew up in San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in apparel design and merchandising with a minor in marketing. While attending school, she became interested in gerontology and worked as a research associate at UCSF in the Department of Geriatrics under Principal Investigator Alexander Smith, MD, MPH. It was then that she put her native language, Cantonese, to use as she studied and interviewed participants for multiple studies which included the publishing of the journal article ”Perceptions of Successful Aging Among Diverse Elders with Late-Life Disability."

Outside of her career life, you will find Christie reading her favorite magazines at local coffee shops, hiking, and attending art & wine festivals. Christie joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in October 2014 working under Dr. Howie Rosen. She is a research coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Care Ecosystem study.

Gabe Marx

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Gabe grew up in the Bay Area before heading to Ohio to study neuroscience at Oberlin College, graduating in 2014. During his summers, Gabe garnered research experience by working in various neuroscience labs such as Dr. Sofia Vinogradov’s lab at the San Francisco VA researching cognitive training as a therapy for sensory deficits in schizophrenia as well as Dr. Rene Hen’s lab at Columbia University investigating hippocampal neurogenesis in rodent models. Gabe first began his work in neuroimaging while studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary. While working at the Budapest Center for Complex Systems and Computational Neuroscience, Gabe worked on advanced techniques in connectivity analysis of functional MRI data. This work was continued back at Oberlin with his advisor, Dr. Patrick Simen. There, Gabe investigated networks activated in two-point decision making paradigms through fMRI data.

Gabe joined the Memory and Aging Center in September 2014. He is an imaging core analyst and clinical research coordinator for Dr. Rosen’s Neuroimaging in Frontotemporal Dementia study—a longitudinal study aimed at determining which imaging modalities and biomarkers help predict the onset and monitor the progression of frontotemporal dementia.

Gabe currently lives in Oakland. In his free time, Gabe is an active musician and songwriter.

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