• Meet the Powers Lab

    Our lab members come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience, including junior and senior level research assistants, residents, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.

  • Janelle Allen headshot.
    Janelle Allen headshot.

    Janelle Allen, MS

    Research Coordinator

    Allen serves as the research coordinator of the Headache Center. She has coordinated the Chronic Headache, Headstrong Headache, Allodynia, Adolescent Hormone Migraine, and MEG studies, and currently serves as the CHAMP Study Assistant Project Manager and oversees studies within the Headache Center. She also holds various responsibilities in the Pediatric Pain Program and Diabetes Studies. She enjoys working closely with CRPs at Cincinnati Children’s and young adults as visiting faculty for Miami University. As a researcher for 13 years, her aspiration is to help her team arrive at practical solutions for families - to help families lead happier, healthier lives.

    Janelle Allen

    Leigh Ann Chamberlin headshot.
    Leigh Ann Chamberlin headshot.

    Leigh Ann Chamberlin, RD, MEd

    Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

    Chamberlin is a project manager with a proven track record coordinating multisite NIH and USDA funded studies involving chronic issues affecting children, including a 3 -arm drug study aimed to determine the best prevention strategy for pediatric migraine; examining behavioral and nutrition intervention aimed to change the standard of care of young children with CF; and studies aimed at developing obesity prevention strategies in young children. She has 15 years of experience with IRB and DSMBs, site selection, protocol development, study recruitment, staff training, data management and research compliance.

    Leigh Ann Chamberlin

    Jennifer Hembree headshot.
    Jennifer Hembree headshot.

    Jennifer Hembree

    Administrative Assistant

    Hembree is the administrative assistant for Scott Powers, Stephanie Spear and the Powers lab.

    Jennifer Hembree

    Angela Moore
    Angela Moore

    Angela Moore

    Clinical Research Coordinator II

    Moore is working with Scott Powers to help manage the operation of the Clinical Translational Research Center’s Behavioral Core. Her role includes managing the day-to-day operations for the core. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in neuroscience.

    Angela Moore

    Katie Nause
    Katie Nause

    Katie Nause

    Katie Nause joined the Powers Lab Team in June of 2013 after graduating from Northern Kentucky University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Katie has previously volunteered with CCHMC in the center for Adherence Psychology. In the fall of 2013, she will begin her work for a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at her Alma Mater, Northern Kentucky University.

    Katie Nause

    Stephanie Spear headshot.
    Stephanie Spear headshot.

    Stephanie Spear Filigno, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Dr. Filigno collaborates with Scott Powers and Lori Stark within the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training to develop, test and deliver family-based behavior and nutrition treatments for young children with CF and preschoolers who are obese. Dr. Filigno’s specific interests are in the role of early intervention and parent and family factors that impact care routines and health outcomes. Dr. Filigno is the dedicated outpatient psychologist for the CF Center and actively collaborates with the CF team in quality improvement work that aims to improve outcomes for children with CF and their families. Dr. Filigno also operates an outpatient clinic within Behavioral Medicine in which she provides treatment for preschoolers and toddlers with emotional and behavioral concerns.

    Stephanie Spear Filigno

    Stephanie Sullivan headshot.
    Stephanie Sullivan headshot.

    Stephanie Sullivan

    Specialist-Project Management

    Sullivan graduated from Xavier University with a BS in psychology. She is currently the Assistant Project Manager on the Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) Study. The purpose of the CHAMP Study is to test two medications for migraine prevention in children and adolescents. The aims of this 40 site, double blinded, randomized clinical trial is to test if amitriptyline and/or topiramate are better than placebo in reducing headache frequency in children and adolescents ages 8 to 17 with migraines. At this time, there are no FDA approved medications approved in the US for the prevention treatment of migraine headaches in children and adolescents. Currently, Stephanie’s role on the study is to train study coordinators around the United States to execute the CHAMP Study, as well as assist sites with recruitment and retention of study subjects at their study sites.

    Stephanie Sullivan

    John Kroner
    John Kroner

    John Kroner

    Clinical Research Coordinator II

    John serves as a research coordinator and data specialist for the Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention Study and helps coordinate projects for Dr. Aylward, both in conjunction with the Headache Center here at Children’s. John is dedicated to producing high quality research to help children who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. John graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in epidemiology.

    John Kroner

    Kerry Simmons
    Kerry Simmons

    Kerry Simmons

    Clinical Coordinator III

    Simmons is a clinical coordinator III for the CHAMP study. Simmons graduated from Springfield College with a BS in education. She was a former teacher before coming to Cincinnati Children's, and is dedicated to working with research studies that improve children’s lives.

    Kerry Simmons

    Leslie Korbee, BS, SI (ASCP)
    Leslie Korbee, BS, SI (ASCP)

    Leslie Korbee, BS, SI (ASCP)

    Korbee serves the Powers Lab as the CHAMP Study Regulatory Manager. In this role she manages the regulatory processes involved with a large multi-center trial conducted under an investigator initiated IND. She has worked collaboratively with the CHAMP team to develop the CHAMP IND, protocol, MOP, training plans, and operational documentation, in addition to piloting procedures for central IRB reliance at CCHMC.  In addition, she partners with Leigh Ann Chamberlin in the management of CHAMP Study sites. Korbee is a medical writer / project manager with the OCTR who brings more than 20 years of clinical trials experience including project management of an award winning multi-center international study, regulatory management of IND studies, clinical trials management of respiratory trails, clinical and device trials management in orthopedics, total joint surgery and spine surgery. She has also managed hospital outpatient departments and medical practices and authored or co-authored 10 scientific publications.

    Leslie Korbee

  • Previous Members

    Brandon S. Aylward, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, Cardiac Division at Sibley Heart Center

    Richard Boles, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Eating Laboratory, University of Colorado, Denver; The Denver Children’s Hospital

    Kelly Byars, PsyD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Lisa Clifford, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology

    Nancy Crimmins, MD
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Diabetes Center & Obesity Center/Heart Institute

    Kimberly Driscoll, PhD
    Assistant Scholar Scientist, Florida State University

    Deborah Kruglak Gilman, PhD
    Psychologist, The Watson Institute, Pittsburgh

    Kevin Hommel, PhD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Adherence Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Julie Jones, PsyD
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Staff Psychologist, University of South Carolina, Greenville Health System

    Elizabeth Kuhl, PhD
    T32 Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    Monica Mitchell, PhD
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Avani Modi, PhD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Adherence Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Gloria Oliver-Carpenter, PhD
    Assistant Professor Department of Psychological Science, Northern Kentucky University

    Susana R. Patton, PhD, CDE
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center

    Megan Benoit Ratcliff, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Amy Shah, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Chad Shenk, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Shalonda Slater, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Laura Smith, PhD
    Visiting Assistant Professor, USF Diabetes Center, University of South Florida, Tampa

    Jessica Valenzuela, PhD
    Assistant Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University

    Carrie Piazza Waggoner, PhD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, O’Grady Residency Training Director

    Margaret “Meg” Zeller, PhD
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Previous Research Assistants:

    Megan Crawford, PhD (Received PhD from University of Florida)
    Currently a resident at AI DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

    Kimberly Barnett
    Research Coordinator, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Erin Brannon
    Pursuing her PhD at Oklahoma State University

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