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Jordan Stiver

Research Coordinator

Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University in 2013. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Sarah Holley on a study investigating the relationships between executive functioning, emotion regulation and aggressive behaviors among the general population. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Jordan worked under the supervision of Drs. Sophia Vinogradov and Rachel Loewy on a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of tablet-based cognitive training on functioning in young adults with schizophrenia.

Jordan joined the Memory and Aging Center in April 2015 as the study coordinator for the EVO Study, a project investigating the impact of a tablet-based video game on cognition in older adults with cerebrovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease. He also coordinates the Aging and Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study aiming to identify the early cognitive and neurological underpinnings of the functional decline observed in normal aging.

During his free time, Jordan enjoys playing sports, listening to a variety of music and spending time with friends and family.

Sarah Dulaney, RN, MS, CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sarah Dulaney earned a master of science degree in gerontological nursing at UCSF and is certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Over the past ten years, Sarah has worked with adults with cognitive impairment in community, long term care and hospital settings. As an AmeriCorps volunteer for L’Arche USA in Portland, Oregon, Sarah lived and worked with adults with developmental disabilities and gained insight into the important role of the family caregiver. As a nursing assistant at Chaparral House in Berkeley, California, Sarah continued to develop her ability to connect with and care for confused patients. As a registered nurse on the stroke unit at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, Sarah continues to practice her hands-on skills and offer a supportive presence to patients and families experiencing the devastation of acute brain loss.

Before joining the Care Ecosystem team at the Memory and Aging Center in 2014, Sarah worked as a Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist and Rural Dementia Care Coordinator for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In addition to providing telephone-based care coordination for veterans and their caregivers living in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Sarah provided staff training and consultation to help prevent and reduce dementia-related behaviors in the Community Living Centers in Menlo Park, California.

Julia Heunis

Care Team Navigator

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Julia graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in integrative biology, with a special focus on human biology and health sciences. As an undergraduate, Julia volunteered as a research assistant in Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development Lab, where she investigated the acquisition of infants’ ability to understand others’ preferences, as well as other childhood cognitive developmental processes. During her time at Cal, she also choreographed hip hop dances and was a member of a competitive hip hop team.

Julia joined the Memory and Aging Center in November 2014 as a clinical research coordinator and Care Team Navigator for the CMS-funded Dementia Care Ecosystem. By providing a personalized and innovative model of dementia care, this study aims to keep patients healthy and safe and reduce the physical, emotional and financial burden placed on caregivers, thereby attempting to improve the quality of life of patients and their caregivers.

In her free time, you can find Julia spending time with friends, exploring beautiful San Francisco, and continuing to pursue her passion for dance.

Tacie Moskowitz

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Tacie grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in cognitive psychology and Science in Society. As an undergraduate, she became interested in the study of memory and participated in episodic memory research that tested the usefulness of SenseCam technology developed by Microsoft Research.

Tacie's love of the outdoors and interest in UCSF's Memory and Aging Center inspired her to move to the Bay Area in August 2014. She is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the Quest Diagnostics Neurobehavioral Screen.

Rowan Saloner

Research Coordinator

Rowan Saloner graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. During his undergraduate career, Rowan conducted Alzheimer’s Disease research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Dr. Dale Bredesen’s laboratory, developing neurobehavioral testing protocols in a mouse model. Rowan also spent time at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Jialing Liu, researching neural plasticity following stroke. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Rowan led user research efforts for the educational technology company Kizoom.

Rowan joined the Memory and Aging Center in February 2014 as the study coordinator for the Hillblom Aging Network, a longitudinal study of what constitutes normal aging and what early cognitive declines are associated with neurodegenerative disease.

In addition to his career interests in becoming a clinical neuropsychologist, Rowan is an avid Bay Area sports fan and loves exploring the hiking trails of Marin County with his dog.

Mikhail Pakvasa

Clinical Research Coordinator

Mikhail graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. At Berkeley he researched hormonal gene regulation. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015 as a research coordinator for Dr. Marilu Gorno-Tempini, investigating primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and dyslexia.

Averill Cantwell

Clinical Research Coordinator

Averill Cantwell graduated from Harvard University in May 2013 with a concentration in government and secondary field in neurobiology. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in May 2014 as a research coordinator for Dr. Gil Rabinovici's study of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Shireen Javandel

Research Coordinator

A Bay Area native, Shireen attended UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. Since then, her curiosity has led her to contribute to a variety of projects ranging from the characterization of wheat gluten proteins at the USDA to a UCSF study of early onset schizophrenia, and then on to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University. She also worked for an educational non-profit, coordinating workplace apprenticeship for middle school students in Oakland just before joining the Memory and Aging Center, where she now coordinates Dr. Valcour’s HAND symptom management through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction study. Shireen loves sports, baking and playing cards with her family.

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MA, MAS is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. He provides clinical services for the Complex Care Support Team and Discharge Call-Back Program at UCSF Medical Center where he consults patients and providers on medication-related issues that arise at home and during transitions in care. His research interests include the use of patient-centered health information technology to improve medication safety and health outcomes and evidence-based health care. He is developing innovative medication management services and leading projects using quantitative and qualitative research methods to optimize medication use by patients and providers.

Dr. Lee teaches geriatric pharmacotherapy and is developing practical and applied teaching methods for simulating real world clinical practice to advance students’ problem solving skills and interprofessional teamwork. He is a member of the Interprofessional Education Curriculum Development Working Group at UCSF and teaches pharmacy, medical, nursing, dental and physical therapy students in the classroom and clinic.

Christie Yeung

Research Coordinator

Christie grew up in San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in apparel design and merchandising with a minor in marketing. While attending school, she became interested in gerontology and worked as a research associate at UCSF in the Department of Geriatrics under Principal Investigator Alexander Smith, MD, MPH. It was then that she put her native language, Cantonese, to use as she studied and interviewed participants for multiple studies which included the publishing of the journal article ”Perceptions of Successful Aging Among Diverse Elders with Late-Life Disability."

Outside of her career life, you will find Christie reading her favorite magazines at local coffee shops, hiking, and attending art & wine festivals. Christie joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in October 2014 working under Dr. Howie Rosen. She is a research coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Care Ecosystem study.

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