Mentoring Committee

What is the PSG Mentoring Committee (MC)?

The PSG Mentoring Committee (MC) has three main roles. 

1. To solicit, review, and select candidates to receive the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supported mentored clinical research award.  This is a major award in support of a project that is a practical training ground for individuals to acquire new skills and expertise in clinical research.
2. To serve as a resource for individuals who need assistance in formulating and developing protocols to the point where they are ready for review by the Scientific Review Committee. 
3. To develop and organize innovative programs to promote interest in Parkinson’s disease research, facilitate the development of mentorship relationships, and increase awareness of resources within the PSG that can provide opportunities for initiating research efforts.


The Mentoring Committee oversees the PSG Advisor Program.  Implemented in 2009, the PSG Advisor Program helps new investigators find a local mentor or specific research funding sources for their research.


Upcoming Events!


Jr. Investigator Workshop - Starting Your Study

Friday, September 11, 2015, 3:00-5:00 PM  
Sanibel Harbour Marriott, Ft. Myers, Florida  
This special workshop will be held during the PSG Annual Meeting hosted by the PSG Mentoring Committee.  More details can be found on the workshop agenda here.  
Who Serves on the PSG Mentoring Committee (MC)?  
(Names underlined link to a picture and biobite)  

A. Jon Stoessl, CM, MD, Chair (2012-2015)
Professor and Head of Neurology and
Director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre
 & National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence
University of British Columbia

Vancouver Coastal Health
2221 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, CANADA   V6T 2B5
(604) 822-7967(604) 822-7967; Fax: (604) 822-7866

assistant: Janita Gosal (


Roger Albin, MD, Co-Chair (2012-2015)

University of Michigan

109 Zina Pitcher Place – 5023 BSRB

Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2200

(734) 764-1347(734) 764-1347; Fax: (734) 763-7686

Assistant: Denice Heckel:


Jessica Calleo, PhD (2011-2014)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite 01Y
Houston, Texas  77030
(713) 794-8521; Fax: (713) 748-7359

Robert Chen, MA, MBBChir, MSc (2014-2017)
Catherine Manson Chair in Movement Disorders
Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto
7MC411, Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 2S8
(416) 603-5207(416) 603-5207; (416) 603-5424(416) 603-5424 (direct)
Fax: (416) 603-5004
Assistant: Rhoda Ortiz:

Wendy Galpern, MD, PhD (2012-2015)

Program Director, Clinical Trials


6001 Executive Blvd., Rm 2225

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301)  496-9135(301)  496-9135; Fax: (301) 480-1080


James Leverenz, PhD (2014-2017)
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Mailstop S-182 GRECC
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 277-1047(206) 277-1047; Fax: (206) 764-2476

Michael McDermott, PhD
University of Rochester

Department of Biostatistics
601 Elmwood Avenue Box 630
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-6685(585) 275-6685; Fax: (585) 273-1031

John Nutt, MD (2011-2014)

Oregon Health & Science University

Department of Neurology, OPC32

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road

(503) 494-7228(503) 494-7228; Fax: (503) 494-9059


Assistant: Julie Doolin: 


Kristen Pickett, PhD (2012-2015)

Washington University School of Medicine

Program in Physical Therapy &

Department of Neurology - Movement Disorders Section

Campus Box 8502

4444 Forest Park Blvd., Room 1101

St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 286-1478(314) 286-1478


Brad A. Racette, MD (2014-2017)
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
660 South Euclid Avenue Campus Box 8111
St Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-8548(314) 362-8548; Fax: 314-747-8289
Joshua M. Shulman, MD, PhD, (2011-2014)  

Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School

Associate Neurologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, NRB 168A

Boston, MA  02115

(617) 525-4466(617) 525-4466; Fax: (617) 525-5333

Robert White, MD, PhD (2014-2017)
Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
1635 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115-1838
(415) 758-1407(415) 758-1407
Assistant: Roderick Brown:


Cynthia Comella, MD (Advisor Program)
Rush University Medical Center
Department of Neurological Sciences
1725 West Harrison, Suite 755
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-2900(312) 563-2900/Fax: (312) 563-2684

Assistant: Tracy Waliczek



 updated 8.18.14