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 Luisa 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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Michele D. Poe, PhD

Research Manager, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders
Research Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Jue "John" Wu , PhD

Neuroimaging Computer Scientist
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Barbara Derenzo, RN

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
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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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Mary Brannaman, MPA

Program Coordinator
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Lynn Allison Cvetic Golightly, MS, CCC-LP

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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 E Spady, MPT

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Jodi Martin

Research Coordinator
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