The research team is comprised of a several groups, who all have key roles in making CARES a success. Other than the research Staff seen below, learn more about the Environmental Sampling Team, the Research Scientists, and the Sensory Bio Team. (The environmental team, research scientists, and sensory bio team will open in a new window.)
Jody Alden, BSed., RN.
Jody is the study coordinator and research assistant for CARES. She works closely with the participants administering neuropsychological testing and collecting biologicals. Interested callers will speak directly to Jody who will answer their questions concerning the study and schedule an appointment.
Ashley Holcomb is a graduate student in the master’s of psychology program at Marietta College. She graduated in May with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, also from Marietta College. In addition to her involvement in the CARES study, she is involved in research focusing on the stigma of obesity and terror management theory. Her involvement in the CARES study includes working with participants to complete a series of questionnaires detailing the participant’s reasoning skills and their child’s nutritional and behavioral history. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ashley plans to enroll in a doctoral program to study social psychology.
Mark Jackson is a graduate student of Marietta College pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He administers tests and questionnaires to the families of the Cambridge and Marietta communities in order to gather valuable data to the CARES study. Mark’s future plans involve pursuing a career in psychological research, specifically neuroscience or media psychology.
As a graduate of Marietta College’s undergraduate psychology program and current master’s of psychology student, Philip LeMaster wears many hats for CARES. Philip’s past research includes working with fellow CARES team member Allison Paytosh on studying the stigmas associated with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to teaching a course at Marietta College, Phillip works as a graduate research assistant for CARES. His involvement in the study includes working with participants to complete questionnaires, test reasoning skills, and complete behavior assessments. Phillip also helps with recruitment by distributing flyers to area businesses and agencies that cater to families and children.