Faculty and Collaborators


Stephen T. Higgins PhDStephen T. Higgins, PhD

VCBH Director
Virginia H. Donaldson Professor of Translational Science
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science
COBRE PI/Director
TCORS PI/Director
NIH/NIDA T32 Research Training Program PI/Director
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio

Elias Klemperer PhD

Elias Klemperer, PhD

VCBH Associate Director
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Psychological Science

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio
Susan EnosSusan EnosProgram SpecialistEmail802-656-9615

Business AdministratorEmail

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Chris Pung

Research Coordinator



Ahern_Thomas_150x200Tom Ahern, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

EmailPubMed | CV

Robert Althoff, MDRob Althoff, MD, PhD

Chair of Psychiatry and Associate Professor
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Email | PubMed 802-656-1070
Phil AdesPhilip A. Ades, MDVCBH Associate Director Emeritus
Professor of Medicine
COBRE Co-I/Associate Director
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio

Ira Bernstein, MD headshotIra Bernstein, MD

John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Bernstein Lab

Email | PubMed | CV

Bader Chaarani, PhDBader Chaarani, PhD

Assistant Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed | CV
sulamunn-sully-R-M-coleman-300x300Sulamunn "Sully" Coleman, PhDAssistant Professor of PsychiatryEmail | PubMed | CV

Dittus_KimKim Dittus, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine / Clinical Director,
Oncology Rehab
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV

Kirk Dombrowski, PhDKirk Dombrowski, PhD

Vice President for Research
University of Vermont
Email | CV | Bio802-656-2918

Hugh Garavan, PhDHugh P. Garavan, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Neuroimaging Research Vermont (NERVE) Lab Director
Email | PubMed | CV

Sarah Heil, PhDSarah H. Heil, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director, UVM TCORS
NIH/NIDA Research Training Program Associate Director (T32)
Associate Director, UVM Center on Rural Addiction (CORA)
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-8712

Amy Hughes LansingAmy Hughes Lansing, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Psychological Science
Hughes Lansing Lab
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Sherrie Khadanga, MDSherrie Khadanga, MD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiologist, UVM Medical Center

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-2700
Heidi MelbostadHeidi Melbostad, PhDResearch Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Director, Chittenden Clinic
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Kelly PeckKelly Peck, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor,
Psychiatry and Psychological Science
PET Study Lab

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9610

Phillips_Julie_WCJulie Phillips, MD

Associate Professor,
Obstetrics-Gynecology & Maternal Fetal Medicine
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-0813
Alexi Potter PhDAlexandra Potter, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry 


Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-847-6955

Rawson PictureRichard A. Rawson, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
COBRE Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination Core
Senior Advisor, Best Practices Core, UVM CORA
Email | PubMed| CV | Bio 

Stacey Sigmon, PhDStacey C. Sigmon, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
COBRE Director, Behavioral Economics Core
COBRE Core Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination
TCORS Project PI
Director, UVM Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA)
Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-9987

Brian Sprague MD headshotBrian Sprague, PhD

VCBH Senior Epidemiologist
Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System
Registry PI, Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium
Professor, Department of Surgery
Former VCBH COBRE Project Leader

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio802-656-4112
Eric ThrailKill, PhDEric Thrailkill, PhD

VCBH COBRE Project Leader
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Email | PubMed | CV | Bio 

Gary J. Badger, MSBiostatisticianEmail802-656-2526
Mike DeSarno, MSBiostatisticianEmail802-656-2587
Joan Skelly, MS


COBRE & TCORS External Advisory Committee Members
Warren Bickel, PhD
Virginia Tech
Neal L. Benowitz, MD
University of California San FranciscoEmail | PubMed
Rick Bevins, PhD
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Eric Donny, PhD 
Wake Forest University
Leonard Epstein PhD
University at Buffalo
Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
University of Minnesota
Jack Henningfield, PhD
Pinney Associates
Jennifer Tidey, PhD
Brown University

VCBH External Consultants and Research Collaborators
Dustin Lee, PhDJohns Hopkins UniversityEmail | PubMed
Donald Shepard, PhDBrandeis UniversityEmail | PubMed
Eric Slade, PhDJohns Hopkins UniversityEmail | PubMed
Jennifer Tidey, PhDBrown UniversityEmail | PubMed


COBRE Internal Advisory Committee
Mark E. Bouton, PhDUVM Department of Psychology
Christopher S. Francklyn, PhDUVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Vermont Biomedical Research NetworkEmail | PubMed
Charles G. Irvin, PhDUVM Department of Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics
Polly E. Parsons, MDUVM Department of Medicine
Patricia A. Prelock, PhDUVM Provost and Senior Vice President

COBRE Community Advisory Committee
John R. Brooklyn, MD
Family and Addiction Medicine
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Megan Detweiler, BSN, RN, CARN
Director of Nursing
Chittenden Clinic/Howard Center Email 
Mark Levine, MD 
Vermont Department of HealthEmail
Rhonda Williams, MS
Chronic Disease Prevention Chief
Vermont Department of HealthEmail