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MEET OUR TEAM AND COLLABORATORS

Nancy J. Donovan, MD

Principal Investigator

Nancy J. Donovan MD is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Researcher, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed clinical and research training at Stanford University Medical Center, Cambridge Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. ​

Dr. Donovan’s research investigates brain changes associated with emotional and behavioral symptoms in aging and early Alzheimer’s disease. She is a co-investigator in the Harvard Aging Brain Study at Massachusetts General Hospital and in clinical trials research at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at BWH. She provides clinical care for patients with late-life psychiatric and cognitive disorders through the Center for Brain Mind Medicine at BWH.​

When not working, Dr. Donovan loves to play tennis and travel to Grand Slam tournaments.​

Kelsey D. Biddle, BA

Program Coordinator

Kelsey D. Biddle is a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  After completing her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, Kelsey began working as a research assistant at BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital where she performs clinical assessments for the Harvard Aging Brain Study and assists with the research of Dr.  Donovan. Kelsey’s research investigates social relationships, levels of social activity and cognitive outcomes in healthy older adults. She is an advocate for creating connections across generations and is interested in developing interventions to decrease social isolation and preserve health and function in older adults. Kelsey plans to pursue a career in medicine and specialty training in neuropsychiatry.​

Outside of work, Kelsey spends her time hiking, learning new sports, and exploring New England with friends and family.​

Jennie Davidow, MD

Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Resident

Dr. Davidow grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended college at Boston University, where she majored in political science with a minor in psychology. While at BU, she did research on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for hoarding disorder, as well as on the social psychology involved in international conflict. After graduating, she  traveled to Rwanda to work with HIV positive adolescents to develop ways to improve their treatment adherence. She then attended medical school at New York Medical College, where she continued to study treatment adherence in patients with diabetes. She is a psychiatry resident in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where her interests include geriatric psychiatry and psychotherapy. Current research interests include bereavement, anxiety disorders, and management of behavioral symptoms of dementia. She will be a Partners Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow next year.

Outside of psychiatry, Dr. Davidow plays both the piano and viola and enjoys musical theater and watching Netflix.

Isabella Levesque

Research Intern

Isabella Levesque is a research intern in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Isabella is currently an undergraduate student in the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Isabella works in the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at BWH, where she assists with neuropsychology test administration, study coordination, and other administrative duties. She also assists with the research of Dr. Donovan. Isabella is specifically interested in the early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as better treatment of psychiatric symptoms that accompany most forms of dementia. In the future, Isabella plans to pursue a career in medicine in the fields of neurology or psychiatry.

Outside of work, Isabella enjoys reading, going to the beach, and trying new restaurants.

Benjamin Zide

Research Intern

Benjamin S. Zide is a research intern and outreach assistant in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ben is currently an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and plans on majoring in Neuroscience and Classics. Ben has helped recruit participants for clinical research and coordinate events as part of MADRC’s Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement core and assists Dr. Donovan with projects focused on social ties and social engagement in late life. In the future, Ben plans to pursue a career in medicine.​

​Outside of the lab, Ben enjoys playing solo and chamber piano music and spending time with Tali (his favorite pup) and his other 2 dogs.​

Anagha Kumar

Research Intern

Anagha B. Kumar is a research intern in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Anagha is currently an undergraduate at Harvard College majoring in the History of Science and Neuroscience. In the lab, Anagha supports projects related to clinical interventions targeting loneliness and social isolation in later life. She is very interested in intergenerational and community-based interventions to alleviate the effects of the loneliness epidemic. In the future, Anagha hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Outside of the lab, Anagha enjoys going for runs and participating in Indian Classical and Bollywood dance.

Hema Kher, MD, MPH

BWH Psychiatry Resident

Hema Kher is a second year psychiatry resident in the Brigham and Women’s/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Program. Hema attended medical school at the University of Miami, where she graduated through a combined MD/MPH program. During an elective in medical school, she gained exposure to the field of geriatric psychiatry, and this subspecialty has remained an area of interest during her residency training. Hema is writing a textbook chapter on the Neuropsychiatry of Alzheimer’s Disease with Dr. Donovan and Kelsey Biddle. She is interested in collaborating on projects-in-development related to social engagement in older adults.​

Nichola Haddad, MD

BWH Psychiatry Resident

Nikki Haddad grew up in Los Angeles, CA and attended college at Brown University, where she concentrated in Health & Human Biology with a focus in Brain and Behavior. While at Brown, she created her own class entitled “Music as Medicine.” She then attended the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she conducted research in female reproductive health and co-founded the Medical Humanities Society. Nikki is currently a first-year psychiatry resident in the Brigham & Women’s/Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residency Program, where her interests include geriatric psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, and women’s mental health. Her current research interests include the impact of music therapy on loneliness in older adults, neuromodulation for anhedonia, and women’s mental health.

Outside of work, Nikki enjoys singing R&B/jazz, reading, barre class, and taking long walks around Jamaica Pond.

MEET OUR COLLABORATORS

Heidi I. L. Jacobs, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor, Maastricht University,
The Netherlands

Jennifer R. Gatchel, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Abby N. Altman, PHD

Geriatric Psychologist,
Associate Director of Psychology & Education,
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

ALUMNI

Fred d'Oleire Uquillas, BA

Former Neuroimaging Research Assistant

Pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Princeton University

Federico attended UC Berkley for his undergraduate studies and worked with Dr. Donovan as a neuroimaging research assistant from 2016 to 2019. He is currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Princeton University.

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