NDRD Program Doctors and Staff

The director of the NDRD program, Dr. Maria Escolar, is an internationally known practicing clinician and researcher. Other staff members include a geneticist, a child development specialist, a speech therapist, a physical therapist, an audiologist, a research manager, epidemiologist and statistician, a program administrator, a research associate and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Maria Escolar, MD, MS

Director, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Valerie Fonarev, CRNP

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Lynn Golightly, MS, CCC-LP

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Kelly Bossola, MSPT

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Karen Karnavas, MSPT

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Dayna Pitcairn, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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Shannon Spady, MPT

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Michele Poe, PhD
Research Manager, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

John Wu
Neuroimaging Computer Scientist,Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Jodi Martin
Research Coordinator, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh