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Meet the Staff

Center for Faculty Development (CFD) Executive Staff:

Anne Klibanski, MD
Director, Center for Faculty Development
Tel: 617.724.0818

Donna M. Lawton, MS
Executive Director
Tel: 617.726.2152

         Theodore A. Stern, MD
         Director, Office for Clinical Careers
         Tel: 617.724.1382

         Dennis Brown, PhD
         Director, Office for Research Career Development
         Tel: 617.643.1606

Thilo Deckersbach, PhD
Director, Graduate Student Division
Office for Research Career Development
Tel: 617.643.16016

Marcia Goldberg, MD
Director, Post Doctoral Division
Office for Research Career Development
Tel: 617.643.1606

         Nancy A. Rigotti, MD
         Director, Office for Women's Careers
          Tel: 617.724.5229

         Ann M. Skoczenski, PhD
         Senior Program Manager
         Tel: 617.643.1170

         Anna V. Narinsky, MPA
         Program Manager, Graduate Student Division
         Office for Research Career Development
          Tel: 617.643.2589

CFD Administrative Staff:

Brenda I. Vega
Office Manager
Tel: 617.724.3114

Catherine Lawrence-Rodriguez
Project Coordinator
Tel: 617.724.0818

Nicole L. Davidson
Administrative Coordinator
Tel: 617.724.0818

Elizabeth DiModica
Administrative Coordinator
Tel: 617.724.0818

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Dennis BrownDennis Brown, PhD
Dr. Brown is the Director of the ORCD as well as a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Program in Membrane Biology at MGH. He also serves as the Associate Director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology. Dr. Brown is a cell biologist/physiologist who specializes in the use of state-of-the art imaging techniques to follow and dissect physiologically-relevant membrane protein trafficking events in epithelial and non-epithelial cells. He is also a member of the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) and serves as Chair of the MGH Research Council. Dr. Brown joined the MGH in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. He has a long standing interest in mentoring and has been associated with the Office for Research Career Development since its inception and is deeply committed to advancing the interests of our research community.

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Nicole DavidsonNicole L. Davidson, MA
Nicole is part of CFD's administrative team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Massachusetts and her Master in Business Administration in Marketing from the Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. She comes to us with over eight years of customer service and administrative assistant experience.

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Anne KlibanskiThilo Deckersbach, PhD
Dr. Deckersbach is the Director of the GSD as well as a Staff Psychologist at MGH, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Psychology in the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program (BCRP), and Director of Research in the Division of Neurotherapeutics at MGH. His clinical and research interests are translational and focus on identifying neurocognitive moderators and mediators of response to treatment in bipolar disorder using state of the art neuroimaging techniques and translating this knowledge in the development, testing, application and dissemination of new cognitive and cognitive-remediation treatments for bipolar disorder to improve treatment outcome. Dr. Deckersbach's research has been funded by NIMH, the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (now Brain and Behavior Foundation), TSA, OCF and the Depression and Bipolar Alternative Treatment Foundation.

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Liz DiModicaElizabeth DiModica
Liz is part of CFD's administrative team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College, Easton, MA. She came to us from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she worked as an Administrative Assistant and a Practice Representative in the Ophthalmology Department.

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Marcia GoldbergMarcia Goldberg, MD
Dr. Goldberg is the Director of the PDD as well as a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunobiology at HMS, Director of Research Program Development in the Department of Medicine (DOM), Director of Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases at MGH, Associate Program Director for Research for the Partners Combined Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, and Director of the NIH-funded Harvard-wide adult training program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms. She has a strong track record of providing career development guidance to post doctoral fellows and other trainees. In the DOM, she launched a career development initiative designed to provide guidance and community for junior faculty and senior trainees on career advancement, specifically on strategies for achieving independent R level funding.

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Anne KlibanskiAnne Klibanski, MD
Dr. Klibanski is the Director of the CFD as well as a Laurie Carrol Guthart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Neuroendocrine Unit and Chief Academic Officer for Partners HealthCare. An internationally renowned clinical investigator on the pathogenesis of pituitary adenomas and the neuroendocrine regulation of bone mass, Dr. Klibanski heads the Harvard Catalyst CTSA Clinical Research Center. She has been dedicated to faculty development for many years and is the recipient of numerous mentoring awards, including the Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award and is the 2009-2010 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award recipient.

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Catie Lawrence-RodriguezCatherine Lawrence-Rodriguez
Catie is the Project Coordinator of the CFD. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. Before joining MGH, she worked as a Program Manager with Hospitality Homes in Boston, MA. She Catie speaks both English and Spanish.

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Donna LawtonDonna M. Lawton, MS
Donna is the Executive Director of the CFD. She is responsible for all administrative and programmatic efforts on behalf of the Center, as well as creating and executing the MGH Faculty Mentoring Program and the MGH Annual Career Conference Initiative for faculty. She is also responsible for the oversight of approximately 100 professional development seminars each year for faculty and trainees. In addition, Donna is currently serving as the Deanís Liaison to the Joint Committee on the Status of Women at HMS and is a member of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. She also served as an Ambassador on the HMS Faculty Development and Diversity Task Force and Mentoring Subcommittee. Donna received a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Providence College and a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University.

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Anna NarinskyAnna V. Narinsky, MPA
Anna is the Program Manager of the MGH Graduate Student Division at the Center for Faculty Development. She joined Partners Healthcare System in 2001 where she worked at Partners Finance department providing analytic services to entities and across the system. Anna is responsible for the program management and administrative efforts for the GSD and she is currently serving as a member of the MGH GSD Advisory Council and the GSD Committee. Anna received a Bachelor Degree in Education from Ukraine and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University. Anna is committed to being a dynamic resource for the healthcare research community. Her diverse experience is a significant asset to the MGH Graduate Student Division and the Center for Faculty Development.

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Nancy RigottiNancy A. Rigotti, MD
Dr. Rigotti is the Director of the OWC as well as a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A member of the General Medicine Division of the Medical Service and Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Dr. Rigotti is a national leader in general medicine and primary care and she is currently serving as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She has practiced primary care at MGH Women's Health Associates since that practice was founded. Dr. Rigotti has a long-standing interest in women's health and careers and mentoring in general and serves on the MGH Women in Academic Medicine Committee. She is also Associate Director of MGH's General Medicine Research Fellowship. An internationally renowned expert in tobacco use and dependence and directs the MGH Tobacco Research and Treatment Center.

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Ann SkoczenskiAnn M. Skoczenski, PhD
Dr. Skoczenski is the Senior Program Manager of the CFD with the focus on the ORCD and OWC communities. She came to us from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, faculty member of the Program in Neuroscience, and Director of the Infant Vision Laboratory at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Her research focused on visual neuroscience, human development and developmental disabilities. She has served on the Womenís Issues Committee and the Diversity Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; the Womenís Faculty Committee at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and an ad hoc women in science discussion group at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Ted SternTheodore A. Stern, MD
Dr. Stern is the Director of the OCC as well as the Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation at Harvard Medical School, Past-President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Psychosomatics. An author of more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters and the editor of many books, Dr. Stern has a demonstrated interest in faculty development, as shown by his participation on many promotionsí committees and as a leader of a highly successful writing course taken by many of our faculty.

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Brenda VegaBrenda I. Vega
Brenda is the Office Manager of the CFD. She has worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital since January 2000 where she began as a Patient Care Coordinator. She then worked with the Geriatric Research Laboratory before starting at the Office for Women's Careers in 2002 and now her role has expanded to include the Center for Faculty Development. Brenda brings many skills and accomplishments to the Center, including graphic design, organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills. Brenda is a graduate of Westwood College Online where she earned an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design and Multimedia. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish which adds to her repertoire.

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Office for Research Career DevelopmentCenter for Faculty Development Office for Women's Careers Graduate Student Division Post Doctoral Division