Faculty & Staff Directory

Our employees consist of over 30 individuals (faculty, graduate assistants, post-doctoral fellows, full and part-time staff, and/or volunteers), most of which are involved in scholarly activities. Our faculty and staff publish papers in refereed journals, and present annually at national and international meetings and conferences. In addition, we take affirmative action seriously to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with developmental disabilities. Moreover, the center employs several parents of children with developmental and other disabilities.


Mary Beth Bruder

Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D.




Tara Lutz

Tara Lutz, Ph.D., MPH, CHES

Assistant Professor

Training Director

Molly Cole

Molly Cole

Associate Director of Public Policy

Cristina Wilson

Cristina Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Director



Craig Schramm

Craig Schramm, MD


Health Promotion


Kelly E. Ferreira, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

LEND Coordinator

Administrative Staff

Heather Petit

Heather Petit

Administrative Manager

Emily Sullivan

Emily Sullivan, MS

Administrative Fiscal Assistant

Michael Deckers

Michael Deckers

Front Office Staff

Christine Jozef

Christine Jozef, BA

Administrative Program Coordinator

Elisa Wilson

Elisa Wilson, BA

Executive Assistant

Waseem Kazi

Waseem Kazi

Front Office Staff

Erica Egan

Erika Egan

Administrative Program Coordinator

Michelle Noehren

Michelle Noehren, BA

Web and Marketing Associate

Program Staff

Gabriela Freyre-Calish

Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW

Educational Development Specialist

Elizabeth Howe, MA

ECPC Coordinator

Woodlyn Joachim

Woodlyn Joachim, MPH

Research Assistant

Tina Rhodes

Tina Rhodes, MS, OTR

Clinical Research Associate

Linda Rammler

Linda Rammler, MEd, Ph.D.

DD Network Coordinator

Bethanne Vergean

Bethanne Vergean

CDC Act Early Ambassador for CT

Urzula Nita

Urszula Nita, BA

Research Assistant


Chelsea Panse, MA

Doctoral Candidate

Katie Straka

Katie Straka, MPH

Doctoral Student / Graduate Assistant