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.
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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.

 

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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 Cincinnati Children's. 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.

 

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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 three-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.

 

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Jennifer Hembree

Administrative Assistant

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

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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.

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Katie Nause

Katie Nause joined the Powers Lab 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 Cincinnati Children's 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.
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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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