Advisor Program

The Parkinson Study Group (PSG) Mentoring Committee has an Advisor Program for new investigators who are initiating a research career or continuing work in an existing research area. This program is managed by the PSG Mentoring Committee chaired by Drs. Jon Stoessl and Roger Albin with members James Boyd, Jessica Calleo, Wendy Galpern, Jennifer Goldman, Michael McDermott, John Nutt, Kristen Pickett, Fredy Revilla, Joshua Shulman and Cynthia Comella.

A bank of advisors who are leading experts in Parkinson disease research are available to help investigators find a local mentor in their area (both research and geographic) or to provide general advice for pursuing specific research funding sources (foundations, etc.) are available.  The advisors are not mentors per se, but rather facilitate finding a mentor or help the investigator begin a research career in a certain area. Anyone wishing to participate as an advisor can contact Roseanna Battista at
To participate in this program, contact Roseanna Battista for an application form.

After receiving your application and CV, the following steps will be taken:
  • We will select an appropriate advisor from our databank of voulunteers;
  • We will forward the name/email of the selected advisor to you within 7 business days;
  •  You will then be able to contact the advisor via email to introduce yourself and set up an appropriate means of contact.


Both the advisor and advisee will keep confidential any information received or obtained as a result of participating in the program that is identified as confidential, or would be reasonably expected to be confidential, unless they agree otherwise.

We will solicit feedback from those using this program periodically.  Questions regarding this program can be directed to Roseanna Battista at Roseanna Battista.

Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD from Columbia University applied to the PSG Advisor Program because she needed help with career planning and development.  Her specific area of interest is the affect of PD on multi-segment motor control during dual task activities, such as driving.  She was matched with Daniel Corcos, PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago because of his expertise in motor deficits in PD. 
“The PSG mentoring program provided a valuable opportunity for me as a new investigator seeking grant-writing guidance to be paired with an experienced researcher within my area of study. The mentor selected for me was a great match! Thank you.” ~ Tara McIsaac, Advisee

“I have enjoyed working with Tara because it has helped me to clarify my own thinking in terms of what is important for young investigators to focus on.  I have also learned and benefited from talking to Tara and reading some of her work in terms of understanding more about what patients with Parkinson's disease find difficult when trying to perform two tasks at the same time. The benefit of the PSG program is that is pairs scientists with different knowledge bases at different stages of their careers and it allows them to learn from each other.”

~ Daniel Corcos, Advisor

 updated 6.29.12