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Our Research Assistants


For twenty years, our research assistants (RAs) have been the lifeblood of the Women’s Mental Health Program.  They come to us fresh out of college, aiming to get into graduate school, willing to work extremely hard for little pay.  We throw them into the deep end of the pool, challenging them to keep learning.  We try to reward their effort by teaching them how to care for patients and how to conduct quality research, giving them opportunities to brush up their resumes as co-authors on scientific publications, and overall, doing our best to prepare them to continue in school. 

After a couple (sometimes more) years, they leave us and go on to make us very proud for having had the opportunity to make a small contribution to their training.  They go on to become mothers, fathers, doctors, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, teachers, and nurses.  Or as a colleague once said, “They become good humans.”

Truth be told, the WMHP RAs have given us far more than they have received from us.  Their enthusiasm keeps the work fun for us all.  But the true measure of their contribution is best seen in the impression they leave on our patients.  Years later, patients continue to ask about our past RAs, calling them by name.  We are forever indebted to the Grasshoppers.

Alexis Llewellyn - WMHP 1995-1998

Post-WMHP Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, 2005

Now: Psychologist & Owner, Katy Center for Psychology & Counseling Services, Katy, TX

Married to Travis 13 years/3 kiddos/Running marathons, running after the kiddos, and coaching runners/teach some graduate students as an Adj Prof. at Houston Baptist University/Still fish any chance I get!

Russ Strader - WMHP 1998-1999

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 1999

Internal Medicine Residency, Univ. of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, 2002

Cardiology Fellowship, University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, 2005

Now: Cardiologist, Plano, TX

Amy Hostetter - WMHP 1997-2000

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., University of California – San Francisco, 2009

Now: Psychiatry Resident, Emory University School of Medicine

Claudia (Baugh) Tillman - WMHP 2000-2001

Kelley Calhoun - WMHP 2000-2001

Kevan Sternberg - WMHP 2000-2001

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005

Urology Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2010

Now: Urologist, Buffalo, NY

Jessica Brown - WMHP 2001-2002

Angela (Fisher) Hawk - WMHP 2000-2002

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Medical College of Georgia, 2006

Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Virginia, 2010

Now: Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina. 

Completing Masters of Science in Clinical Research. 

Sandra Graybeal - WMHP 2002-2003

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Loma Linda University, 2007

Residency in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, CA, 2010

Now: Pediatrician, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA

Lisa (Dimantova) Korikov - WMHP 2003

Post-WMHP Education: Psy.D., Georgia School of Professional Psychology, 2011

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Atlanta Psychological Associates, Atlanta, GA

Ada (Loughhead) Gillis - WMHP 2003-2005

Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Drexel University, 2009

Now: Chief Resident, Family Practice, York, PA

Kimberly Ragan - WMHP 2001-2005

Post-WMHP Education: M.S.W., University of Georgia, 2003

Now: LCSW, Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Manassas, VA

Amy Hower Hartley - WMHP 2001-2005

 Now: Associated Sponsored Research Administrator, Emory University, Depts. of Psychiatry & Neurology

Lives in Gainesville with husband Michael, two children Julian and Lily and an always present menagerie of pets.

Aquila Beach - WMHP 2002-2005

Post-WMHP Education: M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Now: LSW in Connecticut

Autumn Henry - WMHP 2004-2006

Martha Calamaras - WMHP 2005-2007

Post-WMHP Education: M.A., Psychology, Georgia State University, 2010

Post-WMHP Education/Now: Ph.D. Student, Georgia State University

Paula (Green) Tate - WMHP 2005-2007

Hope Courtney - WMHP 2006-2008

Denicia Holley - WMHP 2006-2008

Post-WMHP Education/Now: Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University

 Sandra Juric - WMHP 2006-2009

Post-WMHP Education: M.P.C. Student, Georgia State University

Now: Intern, Sheltered Cove Counseling Center, Douglasville, GA

Susie Fernandez - WMHP 2006-2009

Post-WMHP Education: M.A.T., Emory University Laney Graduate School, 2010

Now: 4th Grade Teacher, Gwinnett Public Schools

Britnay Ferguson - WMHP 2007-2009

Post-WMHP Education/Now:Physician Assistant Student, Emory University School of Medicine

Melanie Galanti - WMHP 2007-2009

Liz Zach Charles - WMHP 2006-2011

Post-WMHP Education/Now: MPH student at Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Elizabeth Smith - WMHP 2009-2011

Post-WMHP Education/Now: Psy.D. student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Natalie Morris - WMHP 2007-2012

Now: Research coordinator at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Emily Stagnaro - WMHP 2011-2012