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.

Dr. Ott's 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Jonathan D. Drake, MD, is associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center as well as assistant professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Drake's research interests center on healthy brain aging and modifiable risk factors for dementia. Specific interests include identifying novel biomarkers for preclinical dementia, and developing primary and secondary dementia prevention strategies using lifestyle interventions such as diet, exercise, and mindfulness-based practices.

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.

Neuropsychologist

Seth A. Margolis, PhD is a neuropsychologist with Lifespan psychiatry and behavioral health. He specializes in disorders of aging, epilepsy, and the impact of chronic illness on patients’ cognition and mental health. Dr. Margolis performs neuropsychological evaluations for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes and is a consulting member of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center and Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Rhode Island Hospital.

His research primarily focuses on psychosocial aspects of illness and disability, the impact of cognitive impairment and psychiatric symptoms on activities of daily living such as medication management and money management, and the ecological validity of cognitive testing. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and National Academy of Neuropsychology.

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, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

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 behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of neuropsychology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals.

Dr. Tremont 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. 

Support Staff Associated Medical Staff

Svetlana Goretya, LSW, Clinical Social worker

Laura Korthauer, PhD, Aging and Dementia Fellow, Neuropsychology

Jan Clark, RN, Research Nurse Manager

Suzanne De La Monte, MD, Neuropathology

Kerstin Doyon, RN, Research Nurse

John Donahue, MD, Neuropathology

Jennifer Collins, RN, Research Nurse

Ivana Delalle, MD, PhD, Neuropathology

Alisa Omert, RN, Research Nurse

Jerrold Boxerman, MD, Neuroradiology

Charles Denby, Clinical Research Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Rogg, MD, Neuroradiology

Quinneil Simmons, Senior Clinical Research Assistant

Richard Noto, MD, Nuclear Medicine

Shalini Sudama, Research Assistant

Donald Yoo, MD, Nuclear Medicine

Chloe Woodward, Research Assistant

Andrea Monckeberg, RPh, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Investigational Services

Terry Fogerty, Community Outreach Coordinator

Sara Enos, Research Assistant

Bethy Calixte, Administrative Coordinator

Regina Binda, Administrative Assistant

Darlene Brown, Outpatient Service Representative