PLIÉ

Improving function and quality of life in people with dementia

Enrollment & Assessment

jflatt Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH, Clinical Research Associate

Dr. Flatt is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing, Institute for Health & Aging. He has a PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and is particularly interested in the impact of social engagement in older adults. He has previously studied the experiences of art museum activities in people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. He will be blinded to randomization group assignment.

mventura Maria Ventura, PhD, Clinical Research Associate

Dr. Ventura is a post-doctoral fellow who has conducted a trial in seniors with Parkinson’s disease and is well-trained and experienced in the assessments of participants with dementia from her experience with the PLIE study. She will be blinded to randomization group assignment.

Gary Tarasovsky, BS, Data Manager

Mr. Tarasovsky works with several research groups at VA, UCSF, and NCIRE. He has extensive experience performing data management, database design, and application development for several large scale studies and has worked with Dr. Barnes on several of her prior studies.

jwu Jennifer Wu, MA, Clinical Research Associate
Ms. Wu is a Clinical Psychology graduate student at Alliant International University in San Francisco. As Staff Research Associate, she will assist with scheduling, consenting and testing of study participants. She will be blinded to randomization group assignment.
Tatiana Dannenbaum, BA, Clinical Research Associate

Ms. Dannenbaum studied cognitive psychology at UC Irvine and University of Copenhagen. She has prior experience working in a clinical research setting with veterans from being a research assistant for the UCSF CAL lab last year. She is part of the assessment team, and her responsibilities include scheduling, consenting, and testing the study participants. She will be blinded to randomization group assignment.

Sienna Williams, BA, Clinical Research Associate

Ms. Williams holds a degree in General Psychology from the University of San Francisco with an emphasis in Gerontology. Her prior experience working with older adults in exercise and psychology research includes her senior honors thesis, which examined the effects of an intergenerational, creative-movement program on improved quality of life for older adult participants. She is part of the assessment team, and her responsibilities include scheduling, consenting, and testing the study participants. She will be blinded to randomization group assignment.