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 Viens, MS

Assistant Director


Molly Cole

Molly Cole

Associate Director of Public Policy


Tara Lutz

Tara Lutz, Ph.D., MPH, CHES

Assistant Professor

Training Director


Cristina Wilson

Cristina Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Director

Bingbing Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Craig Schramm

Craig Schramm, MD

Health Promotion

Susan Killmeyer, M.Ed., Ph.D

Assistant Professor
ECPC Coordinator

Program Staff

Gabriela Freyre-Calish

Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW

Educational Development Specialist


Kelly Ferreira

Kelly E. Ferreira, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Jill Isenberg, MA

Research Associate

Linda Rammler

Linda Rammler, MEd, Ph.D.

DD Network Coordinator


Tina Rhodes

Tina Rhodes, MS, OTR

Clinical Research Associate


Urszula Nita, BA

Research Assistant

Sarju Shah

Research Associate


Bethanne Vergean

CDC Act Early Ambassador for CT


Lisa Dietrichson

Instructional Design Specialist


Edmond Jalinskas

Visual Media Designer


Caitlin McNulty

Caitlin McNulty

Research Associate



Administrative Staff

Christine Jozef

Christine Jozef, BA

Administrative Officer


Lisa Trahan

Budget Analyst



Allison Carlson

Administrative Program Assistant II


Megan Morariu

Administrative Program Assistant


Michael Deckers

Michael Deckers

Front Office Staff


Waseem Kazi

Waseem Kazi

Front Office Staff


Paula DeMichiel

Administrative Program Coordinator


Sandra Madera 

Executive Assistant




Maura Beggin

Graduate Assistant

Holly Labrecque, MPH

Research Assistant

Rebekah Charles

Graduate Assistant

Shannon Langdon

Research Assistant


Erin Demaio

Graduate Assistant

Heather Kwolek

Graduate Assistant