Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders Team

Director, Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center

Chuang-Kuo Wu, MD, PhD is director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital

Dr. Wu is a professor of neurology in the teaching scholar track at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Wu received his doctor of medicine degree from China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, and his doctor of philosophy degree in behavioral neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine.

He served residencies in medicine and neurology and was chief resident at Cathay General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. He later completed an internship at Brockton Hospital, followed by a residency at Boston Medical Center, both affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wu completed a fellowship in dementia/behavioral neurology at the San Diego VA Medical Center/University of California San Diego.

He is board-certified in neurology and vascular neurology, and in the subspecialty of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Wu’s research interests center on medications and other therapies to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.

The recipient of several awards and distinctions, Dr. Wu is a reviewer for the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Taiwan Neurological Society.

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.

Psychiatrist

Aryan Fotros, MD, MSc, is a board-certified psychiatrist at Lifespan Physician Group Psychiatry who specializes in neuropsychiatry. She completed her graduate studies in neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal and postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard University. She earned her medical degree from Azad University Tehran Medical School in Iran. Dr. Fotros completed her psychiatry residency at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego (UCSD). In her final year of residency training, she served as the chief resident of the drug and alcohol unit at the VA hospital in San Diego. She completed her fellowship in neuropsychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she received training in complex neuro-psychopharmacology, interventional neuropsychiatry and a variety of psychotherapy orientations, including cognitive and behavioral therapy, virtual reality therapy and hypnosis and prolonged exposure. 

Dr. Fotros has produced over 20 publications and presentations at the national and international levels. Dr. Fotros has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including UCSD Lewis Judd Resident Research Award for her research work investigating the effect of marijuana on the adolescent brain. She is interested in working with a diverse population and providing integrated patient care, using variety of talk therapy techniques as well as comprehensive medication management that meets unique and individual needs of patients. Dr. Fotros is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Laura E. Korthauer, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist with Lifespan’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Korthauer completed her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She went on to complete her clinical psychology residency in neuropsychology, as well as her fellowship in aging and dementia from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital. 

Dr. Korthauer performs neuropsychological evaluations for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes, with a specialty in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Her research interests include the use of neuroimaging, EEG, and novel cognitive measures to improve early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. 

Dr. Korthauer is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Society for Neuroscience. 

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.

Clinical Research Director, Neurologist, Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center

Brian Ott, MD is clinical research director and neurologist with the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center as well as a professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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. 

Director of Neuropsychology, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD completed his PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, He 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. 

Fellows

Jamie Eudora Bass, DO
Jamie Eudora Bass, DO
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jamie Eudora Bass, DO, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

She earned a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Bass completed a residency in the Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program in Newport News, Virginia.

After completing a fellowship in geriatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, she is furthering her training with an aging and dementia fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Bass is board-certified in family medicine and in osteopathic manipulative treatment.

She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Deirdre M. O’Shea, PhD
Deirdre M. O’Shea, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Deirdre M. O’Shea, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. O’Shea earned her doctor of philosophy degree in clinical and health psychology, concentrating on clinical neuropsychology, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She also holds a master of science degree in human cognitive neuropsychology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her research interests center on understanding risk and resilience factors in age-related memory disorders and evaluating the impact of behavioral treatments for people who are at risk of dementia.

Among the honors and awards Dr. O’Shea has received is the Robert and Phyllis Levitt Research Award for Excellence in Neuropsychology Research at University of Florida. 

Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Shea has contributed to book chapters and has presented her work both nationally and internationally.

Support Staff Associated Medical Staff

Jan Clark, RN, Research Nurse Manager

Jennifer Collins, RN, Research Nurse

Kerstin Doyon, RN, Research Nurse

Alisa Omert, RN, Research Nurse

Jessica Byrd, Psychometrist

Madeline Cosgriff, Senior Clinical Research Assistant

Charles Denby, Clinical Research Program Coordinator

Sara Enos, Research Assistant

Terry Fogerty, Community Outreach Coordinator

Wesley Schlett, Research Assistant

Helena Shea, Research Assistant

Quinneil Simmons, Senior Clinical Research Assistant

Chloe Woodward, Research Assistant

Regina Binda, Administrative Assistant

Darlene Brown, Outpatient Service Representative

Bethy Calixte, Administrative Coordinator

Jerrold Boxerman, MD, Neuroradiology

Suzanne De La Monte, MD, Neuropathology

Ivana Delalle, MD, PhD, Neuropathology

John Donahue, MD, Neuropathology  

Laura Korthauer, PhD, Aging and Dementia Fellow, Neuropsychology

Andrea Monckeberg, RPh, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Investigational Services

Richard Noto, MD, Nuclear Medicine  

Jeffrey Rogg, MD, Neuroradiology

Donald Yoo, MD, Nuclear Medicine