People

The CTRHB was founded in 2017 by senior research faculty at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Current faculty includes pioneers in the fields of decision-making, neuroeconomics, neuroimaging, health behavior change, obesity, addiction, developmental psychology, human behaviors, and more.

Co-Directors

Warren K. Bickel, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors
Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center
Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
wkbickel@vtc.vt.edu, 540-526-2088
Office: R-3113
Matthew W. Hulver, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors
Department Head Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise,
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
hulvermw@vt.edu, 540-231-7354
Office: HNFE 338-A Wallace Hall

Faculty

Jeff Stein, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: jstein1@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3116,
Phone: 540-526-2124

Fellows

Pearl Chiu, PhD
Associate Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: pearlchiu@vt.edu
Office: R-1110
Phone: 540-526-2019
Michael J. Friedlander, PhD
Founding Executive Director
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: friedlan@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-1009
Phone: 540-526-2013
Madlyn Frisard, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Email: frisardm@vt.edu
Office: 225 Wallace Hall
Phone: 540-231-9994
Mark H. Greenawald, MD
Carilion Clinic Family Medicine
Email: markhgreenawald@carilionclinic.org
Phone: 540-581-0306
Michael Patrick Jeremiah, MD
Carilion Clinic Family Medicine
Chair, Dept of Family & Community Medicine
Phone: 540-562-5700
Mikhail Koffarnus, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: mickyk@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3115
Phone: 540-526-2107
Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, PhD
Department Head, Psychology
Virginia Tech
Email: jungmeen@vt.edu
Office: 233 Williams Hall,
Phone: 540-231-0951
Natalie Klawonn, MD
Carilion Clinic Medical Weight Loss Program
3 Riverside Circle      Phone: 540-224-5170
Stephen M LaConte, PhD
Associate Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: slaconte@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-1112
Phone: 540-526-2008
Ryan McMillan, PhD
Research Assistant Professor & Associate Director, Metabolic Phenotyping Core
Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Email: mcmillr@vt.edu
Office: 1012 ILSB
Phone: 540-818-7275
Kampbell Salehi, PhD
Carilion Clinic Medical Weight Loss Center
3 Riverside Circle      Phone: 540-224-5170
Arnold David Salzberg, MD
Carilion Clinic Medical Weight Loss Center
3 Riverside Circle        Phone: 540-224-5170
Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: separker@vtc.vt.edu
Phone: 540-526-2240

Administrative Support

Program Support

Kirstin Gatchalian
Program Manager
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: kmgatch@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3106
Phone: 540-526-2071
Lucinda Shewchuk, RN, BSN
Research Coordinator
Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Email: lucindas@vt.edu
Office: 1033 ILSB
Phone: 540-231-6565

Research Study Coordination

Haley McBee, RN
Research Nurse
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: mcbeehr@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3118
Phone: 540-526-2102
 Megan Stuart, MPH
Research Coordinator
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: stuartma@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3121
Phone: 540-526-2110

Administrative Support

Patsy Marshall
Senior Administrative Assistant
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: patsym@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-3114
Phone: 540-526-2015

Financial Support

Sherri L. Cook
Senior Associate Director for Finance and Administration
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: scook@vtc.vt.edu
Office: R-1006A
Phone: 540-526-2018

Graduate Students

Chris Angiletta
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Molecular and Cellular Science
Virginia Tech

Liqa Athamneh
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Student
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: liqa84@vt.edu
Office: R-3117, Phone: 540-526-2237

Abby Bellows
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Clinical Physiology & Metabolism
Virginia Tech

Dane Fausnacht
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Molecular and Cellular Science
Virginia Tech

Mordecai Harvey
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Molecular and Cellular Science
Virginia Tech

Jasmine Hayes
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Molecular and Cellular Science
Virginia Tech

Lexie Mellis
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Student
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Email: ammellis@vt.edu
Office: R-3117

Justin Sperringer
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Molecular and Cellular Science
Virginia Tech

Taylor Vashro
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Graduate Student
Clinical Physiology & Metabolism
Virginia Tech