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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Lynn Golightly, MS, CCC-LP

Kelly Bossola, MSPT

Karen Karnavas, MSPT

Dayna Pitcairn, MA, CCC-SLP

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

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

Sandra Alhaj
Study Coordinator, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Katherine Garmer
Research Nurse, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Hannah Guzolick
Research Technician, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Mabel Lopez
Post-doc, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

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

Yevgeniya Updyke
Study Coordinator, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Ashley Whited
Neuroimaging Analyst, Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh