Cognitive & Statistics Core

Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD

Statistical/Cognitive Core Co-Lead
Dr. Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD

Rebecca Gottesman is the Stroke Branch Chief and Head of the Stroke, Cognition, And Neuroepidemiology section at the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke Intramural Research Program, at the National Institutes of Health, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate and medical training at Columbia University, then did neurology residency and a vascular neurology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and completed a PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gottesman conducts research as part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Her research focuses on the vascular contribution to cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). She received the Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor award at the 2019 International Stroke Conference and has served as a member of both American Heart Association (AHA) and NIH study sections.

Lisa Wruck, PhD

Statistical/Cognitive Core Co-Lead
Lisa Wruck, PhD

Lisa Wruck is Director of the Center for Predictive Medicine at Duke Clinical Research Institute. She completed her undergraduate training in Mathematics at University of Florida and completed a PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health. Before coming to Duke, Dr. Wruck was a Clinical Associate Professor of Biostatistics with an appointment in the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a co-PI of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Coordinating Center and a PI of the ARIC Neurocognitive Study (NCS) Coordinating Center. She has over 12 years of experience as a coordinating center biostatistician across therapeutic areas including adult and pediatric cardiology, neurology, urogynecology and autoimmune disease. Her research interests include meaningful use of real world data and examination of risk factors for adverse events in the elderly, including dementia, heart failure, MI and stroke. She is the Director of the Duke AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program. She is the co-PI of the DISCOVERY Statistical/ Cognitive Core.

Nicole L. Williams, MS

Cognitive Core Project Manager
Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams is the Project Manager for the DISCOVERY Statistical/Cognitive Core. She received her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and is currently a Senior Research Coordinator at the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke Intramural Research Program, at the National Institutes of Health. Her research area of interest includes cognitive decline, specifically focused on associations with vascular risk factors. Prior to her work with DISCOVERY, she worked at Johns Hopkins University for over 5 years enrolling acutely decompensated heart failure participants in a study examining cognitive change using an extensive battery of neuropsychological assessments. Within DISCOVERY, Nicole is responsible for aiding in the training, certification, and QC monitoring for cognitive assessment examiners.

Thomas Mosley, PhD

Statistical/Cognitive Core Co-Investigator
Tom Mosley

Tom Mosley is the Hughes Distinguished Chair and founding Director of the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center and a professor in geriatrics and neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has an extensive background in clinical neuropsychology, behavioral neurology, and neuroepidemiology and directs the Jackson Field Center for several population-based studies. His research efforts have been largely devoted to seeking the determinants of brain aging, cognitive decline, and clinical outcomes of stroke and MCI/dementia with a particular focus on the role of vascular factors and racial differences.

Miguel Arce Rentería, PhD

Statistical/Cognitive Core Co-Investigator and Spanish Cognitive Core Evaluator

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Keenan Walker, PhD

Statistical/Cognitive Core Co-Investigator

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Soumya Gupta, MA

Cognitive Core Research Coordinator and Evaluator
Soumya Gupta

Soumya Gupta is a Lead Coordinator for the DISCOVERY Statistical and Cognitive Core. She received her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, where she researched the relationship between body image and dating anxiety within young adults. She completed her internship in the area of pediatric clinical neuropsychology wherein she administered comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessments. Soumya is currently a Research Assistant with the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Within DISCOVERY Soumya aids in the training, certification, and QC monitoring for cognitive assessment examiners.

Emma Gootee, MS

Cognitive Core Research Coordinator and Evaluator
Emma Gootee

Emma Gootee is a Project Coordinator for the DISCOVERY Statistical/Cognitive Core. She received her M.S. in Global Health from King’s College, London, where she researched brain injury treatment and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Emma is currently a Research Assistant with the Division of Cerebrovascular Neurology at Johns Hopkins University where she is researching the brain heart connection, specifically utilizing cardiac anatomy in ischemic stroke patients to explain and understand patient outcomes. Within DISCOVERY, Emma is responsible for assisting in training, certification, and QC monitoring for cognitive examiners.

Jack Gatti, BS

Cognitive Core Research Coordinator and Evaluator
Jack Gatti

Jack Gatti is a medical student at Johns Hopkins and is excited to be a part of the DISCOVERY team. He received his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, where he researched CADASIL, a hereditary form of vascular dementia. Since coming to medical school, he has spent the past few years working on clinical research in pediatric stroke with a focus on moyamoya disease. On the DISCOVERY team, Jack works with the Cognitive & Statistics Core on cognitive testing certification and quality control. He is eager to continue learning about cognition and stroke recovery. Jack is an aspiring pediatric neurologist and hopes to continue clinical research as a significant part of his career.

Tiffany Owens, MS

Cognitive Core Evaluator
Tiffany Owens

Tiffany Owens is a Psychometrist and Research Coordinator for the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has a background in psychology and has worked in research and/or psychometry for approximately 15 years. Within DISCOVERY, Tiffany is responsible for aiding in the certification and QC monitoring for cognitive assessment examiners.

Rachel Foster, MS

Cognitive Core Evaluator

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Roxanna J. Flores Toussaint, MA

Spanish Cognitive Core Evaluator

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