PERU utilizes our diverse, multidisciplinary team to ensure that we constantly move ever-closer to our vision of facilitating each patient’s ability to achieve optimal health, well-being, recovery, and choice.

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Abby Talbert

Project Coordinator

Abby Talbert, MPH, CPH, is a Project Coordinator for multiple projects including the Pennsylvania Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treat

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Alec Howard

Research Specialist

Alec J. Howard, MPH is a Research Specialist for PERU’s SBIRT initiatives. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Gradua

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Alex Nowalk

SBIRT Program Director

Alex Nowalk, MPH, CPH, CHES, is the SBIRT Program Director at PERU. She supervises a current grant portfolio of $3 million federal, state, and foundat

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Alexandra Falk

Research Specialist

Alexandra Falk, BS, is a Research Specialist for multiple SBIRT initiatives, including the TI-15 and T-16 Student Training Grants, where she provides

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Alexis Waksmunski

Research Specialist

Alexis Waksmunski, MPIA, is a Research Specialist for the Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorders Centers of Excellence Technical Assistance Center (PA OUD

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Ali Burrell

Director of Technical Assistance for VA SP TAC

Ali Burrell, MPH, CPH, is the Director of Technical Assistance for the Veteran’s Administration Suicide Prevention Technical Assistance Center (VA S

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Alli Clevenger

Project Coordinator

Alli Clevenger, MPH, is a Project Coordinator for PERU’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) projects, including the Commonwealth Opioid Medical MAT

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Amanda Mihalko

Community Health Initiatives Program Director

Amanda Mihalko, is the Director of PERU’s Community Health Initiatives. She directs the teams responsible for Overdose Reduction Technical Assistanc

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Annette Mich

Director of System Transformation Support

Annette C. Mich, B.S., MS, is the Director of System Transformation Support for PERU. She earned her master’s degree from Rush University in health

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Brianna McDonough

Training Coordinator

Brianna McDonough, MPH, CPH is a training coordinator for multiple projects including the Rural Access to MAT in Pennsylvania Project (RAMP), the AHEC

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Brendan Barstow

Research Specialist

Brendan Barstow, MS, is a researcher and writer at PERU focused on the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC), the P

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Cory Derringer

Scientific Data Analyst

Cory Derringer, PhD, is a Scientific Data Analyst working primarily with Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorders Centers of Excellence Technical Assistance

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Courtney Brenner

Research Specialist

Courtney Brenner, MS, is a Research Specialist for PERU's Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC) and SCOPE projects.

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Dane Miller

Research Specialist

Dane Miller, MPH, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects including Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC), P

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Dan Lomauro

Research Specialist

Dan Lomauro, MPH, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects, including the Rural Access to MAT in Pennsylvania Project, the Commonwealth Opioid M

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Ellie Sweeney

Research Specialist

Ellie Sweeney, MS, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects including the Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorders Centers of Excellence Technical Assi

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Emily Fitzpatrick

Research Coordinator

Emily Fitzpatrick, MPH, is a Research Coordinator on the Pittsburgh Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) team and the Proj

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Erin Straw

Project Director for the Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE)

Erin Straw, MPH, is a Project Director for the Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) programs at PERU. These programs include S

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Georgie Scott

Research Assistant

Georgie Scott, MPH, is a Research Assistant for the PA SBIRT project. Georgie earned a bachlor's degree in Biology with a focus on microbiology and bi

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Glenn Hoffman

Research Specialist

Glenn Hoffman, BS, is a Research Specialist for PERU's Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC) and Veteran’s Admini

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Heather Santa

Research Specialist

Heather Santa, MS, MA, is a Research Specialist for PERU’s SBIRT initiatives including three healthcare professional student training projects, the

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Jack Warwick

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program Director

Jack Warwick, MPH, is a Program Director for PERU’s Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Projects including the Rural Access to MAT in Pennsylvania P

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Jacqueline Cohen

Research Specialist

Jacqueline Cohen, MPH, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects including the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA OD

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Jaime Fawcett

Writing Director - VA and Community Health Initiatives

Jaime Fawcett, BA, is the Writing Director for PERU’s overdose and suicide prevention initiatives. Jaime earned her bachelor’s degree in Professio

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Janice Pringle

PERU Director and Founder

Jan Pringle, PhD, is the founder and director of PERU, as well as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Dr. Pringle is an ep

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Jonathan Keally

Instructional Design Specialist

Jonathan Keally, MA, is an Instructional Design Specialist for PERU's overdose and suicide prevention initiatives. Jonathan earned his master's degree

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Jonathan Walkush

Fiscal and Grants Administrator

Jonathan Walkush, MBA, is the Fiscal and Grants Administrator for PERU. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and an Asian St

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Josh Hoffman

Research Specialist

Josh Hoffman, BA, is a Research Specialist for PERU’s MAT Program team. Josh earned his bachelor’s in public policy from the University of Michiga

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Kate Cridlebaugh

Research Specialist

Kate Cridlebaugh, BS, is a Research Specialist for Strategies for Coordinating Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) and Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorde

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Kathleen McHugh

Research Specialist

Kathleen McHugh, MPH, is a Research Specialist on PERU's Strategies for Coordinating Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) projects, where she provides

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Karley Snyder

Research Specialist

Karley Snyder, BA, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects including PA Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (OR TAC), PA OUD

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Katy Holmes

Project Coordinator

Kathryn Holmes, PharmD, MPH, is a Project Coordinator for Project Lifeline. Katy earned a PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and an Mast

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Laken Ethun

Project Director for the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC) and the Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorders Centers of Excellence Technical Assistance Center (PA OUD COE TAC)

Laken Ethun, MPH, is the Project Director for the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC) and the Pennsylvania Opioid

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Lois Hilty

Executive Assistant to Dr Pringle

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Lori Abbott

Program Implementation Specialist

Lori Abbott, MA LPC is a Program Implementation Specialist for the MAT Program Team. Ms. Abbott earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro

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Lori Burrell

Research Specialist

Lori Burrell, MA, LSW, is a Research Specialist for PERU’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) initiatives, including Rural Access to MAT in Penns

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Madilyn Sodowsky

Research Specialist

Madilyn Sodowsky, BA, is a Research Specialist at PERU. She works on the Strategies for Coordinating Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) projects and

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Marco Pugliese

Director of Technical Assistance for the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC)

Marco Pugliese, MS, is a Director of Technical Assistance for the Pennsylvania Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (PA ODR TAC). Marco earn

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Martha Landolina

Training Coordinator

Martha Landolina, MEd is a Training Coordinator for two TI16 SAMSHA funded projects; Pittsburgh SBIRT: Training Health Professions Students to Conduct

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Matt Monte

Research Specialist

Matt Monte, BS, is a Research Assistant for PERU’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) team. Mr. Monte earned his bachelor’s degree in public heal

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Megan Neuf

Operations Analyst

Megan Neuf, MSW, MPH, is an Operations Analyst for PERU's overdose and suicide prevention initiatives. She earned two master's degrees from the Univer

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Meghana Aruru

Associate Director

Meghana Aruru, PhD is the Associate Director for PERU. She earned her doctorate in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, M

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Reina Wang

Scientific Data Director

Reina Wang, PhD, is the Scientific Data Director for PERU's overdose and suicide prevention initiatives. She earned her doctoral degree in Rehabilitat

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Ryan Stept

Research Specialist

Ryan Stept, MSc, is a Research Specialist for multiple projects including Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence Technical Assistance C

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Susan Fisher

Research Specialist

Susan Fisher, MUP, is a Research Specialist at PERU. She has worked primarily on the Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence Technical A

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Susan Price

Research Administrative Assistant

Susan Price is a Research Administrative Assistant at PERU. Susan has worked with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy since 1980. Currentl

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Terri Pacella

Research Specialis

Terri Pacella, MSW, MPH, is a Research Specialist for PERU’s SBIRT initiatives. She earned two master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh