Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders Team

Director Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center

Brian Ott, MD is director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center as well as a professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He divides his time between patient care and clinical research. His research interests include development of new drug therapies for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, as well as studying behavior problems in aging and dementia such as driving impairment. 

Director, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Center

Michael A. Friedman, MD is the director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Center and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He performs diagnostic evaluations of new patients referred to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center and provides expert consultations for those with particularly difficult or challenging behavioral problems.

Lori Daiello, PharmD, BCPP

is a pharmacist and researcher, as well as assistant professor of neurology (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School and assistant professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice (research) at the Brown University School of Public Health. Her research interests include medication effects on memory and functioning, surgery and cognitive impairment in older adults, and the treatment of behavioral symptoms in dementia. In addition to research in pharmacoepidemiology, she assists the team in the clinical trials program. Daiello received her training at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, and Brown University, where she completed a post-doctoral dementia research fellowship, and a masters of epidemiology.

David  Ahern, PhD is a staff neuropsychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His time is divided between clinical care, such as diagnostic evaluations, and research. His clinical interests include cognition in aging populations, dementia, brain injuries, and other relationships between neurological conditions and cognitive and behavioral functioning. His research interests include reducing diagnostic error, improving the efficiency of clinical assessment, and the forensic applications of neuropsychology. He completed his graduate work at the University of Rhode Island, then his clinical residency and fellowship at Brown University. 

Tracy Novack
Physician Assistant

has served as a physician assistant at Rhode Island Hospital in the Departments of Neurology since 2008.  In the Memory Disorders Center she provides follow-up care for patients who have initially been seen by one of the Center’s physicians. She has assisted with neurology research since 2014, including clinical trials, and she also manages NeuroAccess, a service that triages new patient referrals for 14 neurologists.  Previous to working in Neurology, she served as a Physician Assistant in the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Neurosurgery from 2004-2007.

Director of Neuropsychology

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD completed his PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, did his clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship at Brown University. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human hehavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of neuropsychology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations in older adults with cognitive impairments. His primary research interests are psychosocial treatments for dementia caregivers, telephone-based assessment of mild cognitive impairment, and mind-body approaches for mild cognitive impairment. 

Jennifer Davis, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor of psychiatry in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She performs neuropsychological evaluations for differential diagnosis and monitoring of memory disorders.  Her research interests include the development of interventions for behavioral and cognitive problems in memory disorders, including driving, caregiver burden, and cognition. She also assists the team in the clinical trials program. She received her graduate training at the University of Utah and completed her internship and fellowship training at Brown University. 

Melissa A. Buttaro, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist at The Miriam Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She performs neuropsychological evaluations of memory and other cognitive functions for patients referred to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center and reviews results and recommendations with patients and their families. She completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut, her predoctoral internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.

Andrea Sartori, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Rhode Island Hospital

is a clinical neuropsychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She conducts clinical neuropsychological evaluations for many types of patients with various neurological disorders, but her primary area of interest is the assessment of memory disorders and dementias. Dr. Sartori evaluates clinic patients referred from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, and she also performs assessments with participants who are enrolled in clinical research trial programs. She completed her doctorate in medical/mlinical psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her neuropsychology internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.

Juliette Belliard
Research Coordinator
Michele Astphan, RN
Research Nurse Manager
Kerstin Calia, RN
Clinical Research Nurse
Justine Thomas
Clinical Research Assistant
Charles Denby
Clinical Research Assistant
Laura Moynihan
Clinical Social Worker
Regina Binda
Administrative Assistant
Bethy Calixte
Administrative Coordinator
Darlene Brown
Outpatient Service Representative
Jennifer Jacobs
Outpatient Service Representative