University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Center on Behavior and Health



Faculty, Staff & Advisors


Name/Email Title Information

Stephen Higgins, PhD

Stephen T. Higgins, PhD

VCBH Director
COBRE PI/Director
TCORS PI/Director
NIH/NIDA Research Training Program PI/Director
PubMed, CV

Philip Ades, MD

Philip A. Ades, MD

VCBH Associate Director
COBRE Co-I/Associate Director
PubMed, CV

Stacey C. Sigmon, PhD

COBRE Core Director, Behavioral Economics
COBRE Core Co-Director, Collaboration/Dissemination
TCORS Project PI
PubMed, CV

Diann Gaalema, PhD

Diann E. Gaalema, PhD

COBRE Core Associate Director, Administration
COBRE Project PI
PubMed, CV

John Hughes, MD

John R. Hughes, MD

TCORS Associate Director



PubMed, CV


Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale


Grant Abstracts

TCORS Project PI

NIH/NIDA Research Training Program Associate Director

PubMed, CV
Neuroimaging Research Vermont (NERVE) Lab Director PubMed, CV
Administrative Staff
Name/Email Title

Nancy S. Bercaw

Communications Specialist

Diana Cain

Research Grant Administrator
Administrative Assistant
Project Manager

Marissa Wells

Research Staff Assistant
Name/Email Title
Gary J. Badger, MS Biostatistian 
Joan M. Skelly, MS Biostatistian 

External Advisors
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Warren Bickel, PhD.
Virginia Tech
George Bigelow, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Leonard Epstein PhD
University at Buffalo
Jack Henningfield, PhD
Pinney Associates
Steven Schroeder, MD
University of California, San Francisco

External Consultants
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Henrietta S. Bada, MD.
University of Kentucky
Peter Anthony Hall, PhD
Ontario College of Psychologists
Michael J. Meaney, PhD
McGill University
Rena R. Wing, PhD Brown University
Donald Shepard, PhD Brandeis University
Internal Advisors
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Mark E. Bouton, PhD
UVM Department of Psychology
Charles G. Irvin, PhD.
UVM Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Rachel K. Johnson, PhD
UVM Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Polly E. Parsons, MD UVM Department of Medicine
Patricia A. Prelock, PhD UVM College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Community Advisory Board
Name/Email Title Information
John R. Brooklyn, MD
UVM Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Medicine and Psychiatry
Wendy S. Davis, MD EPSDT Program Chief, State of Vermont, Department of Health
Craig A. Jones, MD Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health
Victoria Loner, RNC, B, PAHM Director, Quality and Care Coordination, OneCare Vermont
Judy S. Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAP Executive Director, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP); Research Associate Professor, UVM Departments of Pediatrics and Nursing
External Research Collaborators
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Jennifer Tidey, PhD
Brown University

Craig Rush, PhD

University of Kentucky
Maxine Stitzer
Johns Hopkins University
Affiliated Faculty
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Takamaru Ashikaga, PhD
UVM Department of Biostatistics
Ira Bernstein, MD UVM Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD UVM Department of Nutrition and Food Science
James Hudziak, MD UVM Department of Psychiatry
Alexandra S. Potter, PhD UVM Department of Psychiatry
Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhD University of Wisconsin
COBRE Pilot Project Investigators
Name/Email Affiliation Information
Anita Fernander, ,PhD
University of Kentucky
Lynn Hernandez, PhD Brown University
Nadine Mastroleo, Ph.D. Brown University
Jeremy Sibold, EdD University of Vermont
Jamie Studts, Ph.D University of Kentucky

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