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 L. 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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Poe, Michele D. , PhD

Research Manager, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Tara L West , RN, MSN, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
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Kelly L Bossola , MSPT

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Victoria M Carrigan , MA, CCC-A

Field Instructor/Supervisor, Department of Communicative Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
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Lynn Golightly , MS, CCC-LP

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Karen Karnavas , MSPT

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Amber M Latterner , MPAS, PA-C

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Katie Anne Long , MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Human Genetics
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Dayna Pitcairn , MA, CCC-SLP

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

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