Research Staff



Alderman, Cheryl

Cheryl Alderman

 

Contact Information
Phone: (919) 972-7447
Pager: (919) 216-2519
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: cheryl_alderman@med.unc.edu

Education
B.S., Biology and Psychology: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2006)

Cheryl spent her first years after college working in group homes and day programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Currently, Cheryl is the clinical research manager for the ASPIRE Program. She coordinates several individual clinical trials, performs blood draws and administers cognitive tests. She also administers the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), which are two diagnostic assessments that are frequently used in autism research. Cheryl obtained her Clinical Certificated Research Professional (CCRP) in 2012.


Atkins, Evelyn

Evelyn


Contact Information

Phone: (919) 972-7500
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: eatkins@med.unc.edu

 

Evelyn Atkins has worked for UNC-CH for 25 years and has been with Dr. Sikich since 2006. She provides administrative support for the daily operations of Psychiatry Faculty Research Programs and is the coordinator of Dr. Sikich’s private patient appointments.


Baluyot, Kristine

Kristine Baluyot

 

Contact Information
Phone: (919) 972-7497
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: kristine_baluyot@med.unc.edu


Education
B.A., Psychology (Neuroscience): Stanford University

Kristine is a research assistant and the coordinator of the ICBT research study. She volunteers with equine therapy and hippotherapy centers, where she helps kids with physical and mental disabilities learn to ride horses. She plans to pursue a career in psychiatry or family medicine in the future.


Bedford, James

Jim Bedford

 

 

 

 

Education
B.S., Psychology: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.D.: UNC School of Medicine

Psychiatry Residency: UNC Hospitals

James E. Bedford, MD is currently a general psychiatry resident at UNC Hospitals. He was raised in Chapel Hill. He has been involved in research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, in community support services and the summer camp program at the Autism Society of North Carolina, and currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Carolina Living and Learning Center, TEACCH's integrated vocational and residential program for adults with autism. Currently not accepting new patients.


Connelly, Nicollette (Niki)

Niki Connelly

 

Contact Information
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: niki_connelly@med.unc.edu



Education
B.A., Psychology and Anthropology: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2010)
M.S.W., Social Work: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (anticipated May 2015)

Niki is currently serving as a graduate research assistant for the ASPIRE Research Program and was the former IRB and Regulatory Coordinator for the team. Concurrently, she is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work here at UNC-Chapel Hill with a focus on direct practice in mental health with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. She is also a Dean’s Research Fellow through UNC’s School of Social Work where she has an appointment as Program Assistant for the Clinical Lecture Series.


Copeland, John (Nathan)

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Education
B.A., Psychology and Genetics: The University of Georgia
M.P.H., Public Health Genetics: The University of Michigan
M.D., The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Psychiatry Residency: UNC Hospitals

Nathan Copeland hails from Memphis, TN where his high school AP psychology class first nurtured his interest in psychiatry. Nathan soon found that his passion for the field of the psychiatry was being matched by his passion for collegiate sports and university pride! Now a proud Tar Heel in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC, Nathan is excited to add one more institution and decorated athletic program to the list. Finding inspiration for working with adolescents and children after living in India and teaching at a rural school, Dr. Copeland is excited to work with the Aspire program and even more excited to work with all the kids that it reaches. Currently not accepting new patients.


Jones, Wendi

 

Contact Information
Phone: (919) 972-7448
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: wendi_jones@med.unc.edu

Education
B.A., Psychology; B.S., Biology (Human Concentration): Johnson State College
A.A., Culinary Technology: Alamance Community College

Wendi is the IRB and Regulatory Coordinator for the ASPIRE program.  Wendi has been working as a regulatory entity in clinical research at UNC since 2007.  Outside of work, Wendi enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes.


Perry, Collin

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Contact Information
Phone: (919) 972-7446
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: collin_perry@med.unc.edu


Education
B.S., Psychology: Western Carolina University

Collin D. Perry graduated from Western Carolina University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology.  Collin spent 5 years after college working in the Psychiatric Emergency Room at UNC-CH hospitals, as a liaison to the residency program through the UNC-CH school of medicine.  He was very excited to join the ASPIRE team in April of 2013 and is currently coordinating the Memantine-MD trials.  Collin plans to focus his efforts to apply to PA school in the future.  He currently enjoys all things music, and traveling in his spare time.


Spanos, Marina

Marina Spanos


Contact Information

Phone: (919) 972-7444
Fax: (919) 493-8985
Email: marina_spanos@med.unc.edu



Education
B.S., Biology: Virginia Tech
M.S., Chemistry: Virginia Tech
PhD., Neurobiology: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Post-doctoral Researcher, Neuroscience: North Carolina State University

Marina Spanos obtained her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in the neurobiology curriculum. Her dissertation focused on pre-clinical studies examining the effects of alcohol on adolescent rodent behavior and intracellular signaling. Currently, Marina is the clinical research coordinator (post-doctoral researcher) for the SOARS-B research study. She is interested in evaluating the effects of intranasal oxytocin on reciprocal social behaviors with the hope that future clinical interventions will improve a patient’s quality of life.