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John G. Sonnenberg, PhD
President & Investigator
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John G. Sonnenberg, PhD, earned both Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He founded Uptown Research Institute in 2001 and has served as Principal Investigator on over 100 clinical trials, researching with and consulting to pharmaceutical companies. He publishes in peer-reviewed journals and maintains particular expertise in cognition and schizophrenia. Additionally, he serves as Volunteer Faculty at Northwestern University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Mark N. Lerman, MD
Medical Director & Investigator
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(773) 989-8313 Ext. 122

Mark N. Lerman, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience as an investigator in neuroscience clinical trials. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Wayne State University. He completed his residency training at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and has served as Principal Investigator on over 150 clinical trials. In addition to his role as an investigator with Uptown Research, he also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital.

Sarah Farwick, MSN, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CCRC
Doctor of Nursing Practice & Investigator
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Sarah Farwick, MSN, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CCRC, holds a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Indiana University. She is certified as an ANCC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and currently, serves as a Member-at-Large for the Illinois APNA. She was the 2016 recipient of the Lee Dennison Fuller Award for Psychiatric Nursing Research. She has served as a psychiatric staff nurse, program director, and chief nursing officer in psychiatric hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. She currently serves as investigator at Uptown Research.

Prateek Gupta, PhD, MBA
Vice President of Business Strategy
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Prateek Gupta, PhD, MBA, earned his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He publishes in peer-reviewed journals with specialized interests in biophysics and medical devices. His experience includes management consulting in the areas of finance and strategic development. At Uptown Research, he oversees business strategy and development.

Gwen Jacobs, RN, MS, CCRC
Senior Nurse Coordinator
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Gwen Jacobs, RN, MS, CCRC, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. She has over two decades of research experience having served as a Research Nurse at Uptown Research Institute since 2001. She also serves on advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies.

Veronica Marin
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Veronica Marin received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation, she worked in a lab at Northwestern University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also worked as a research coordinator conducting memory and cognition research. In pursuit of growth in the clinical field she joined Uptown Research Institute in January of 2016.

Alecia E. Halstead, MD, MBA
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Alecia E. Halstead, MD, MBA, earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University at Chicago along with a Gender Studies minor. She earned her medical degree from Atlantic University School of Medicine and her Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from Davenport University. Dr. Halstead currently serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator in neuroscience clinical trials.

Jacob Rothman
Regulatory and Outreach Coordinator
jrothman@uptownresearch.com
(773) 989-8313 Ext. 124

Jacob Rothman serves as the Regulatory and Outreach Coordinator at Uptown Research. He graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has served as a research assistant in DePaul’s Brain and Language Lab where he concentrated his efforts primarily on conducting and analyzing the Conventional Metaphor study. He also worked as a research assistant at Northwestern University in its Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Stephen J. Schneider, LCPC
Clinical Research Associate
sschneider@uptownresearch.com
(773) 989-8313 Ext. 116

Stephen J. Schneider, LCPC, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Illinois State University, and his Master of Arts in Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He has worked in the mental health field since 2002, having served as a family therapist, mental health counselor, and a team leader on an intensive care psychiatric unit. Currently, he serves as a Clinical Research Associate at Uptown Research, where he coordinates client intake and community outreach.

Florida Williams
Recruitment Specialist
fwilliams@uptownresearch.com
(773) 989-8313 Ext. 121

Florida Wiliams received her Bachelor of Science degree from National Louis University in Applied Behavioral Science. She has over twenty-four years of experience providing and managing mental health services. In addition to her work in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient centers, she was a Housing Supervisor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2000 to 2004. She is currently earning her master’s degree in psychological research at National Louis University. She serves as a Recruitment Specialist for Uptown Research.

William D. Billows, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Rater
wbillows@uptownresearch.com
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William D. Billows, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo and his bachelor's degree from DePaul University. He has worked in outpatient mental health and hospital settings and currently provides individual psychotherapy services through Uptown Mental Health. He also provides ratings for clinical trials through Uptown Research.

Paul M. Myers, APN, PMHNP-BC
Advanced Practice Nurse & Rater
pmyers@uptownresearch.com
(773) 989-8313 Ext. 115

Paul M. Myers, APN, PMHNP-BC, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Nursing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and an ANP or adult nurse practitioner's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is certified as an ANCC Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and has practiced as a psychiatric nurse clinician as well as a manager in psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities in the United States. He has been an educator in undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and provides psychiatric assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy through Uptown Mental Health. He also administers rating scales for Uptown Research.

Melissa Schiffman, MBA
Controller
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(773) 989-8313 Ext. 128

Melissa Schiffman, MBA, earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Iowa and then completed a Master of Business Administration from the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She has worked over fifteen years in both public and private accounting, ranging from not-for-profit, regulatory, manufacturing, and business consulting. She currently serves as the Controller at Uptown Research.

Cassandra King
Office Manager
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Cassandra King earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as a Caseworker for first generation college students and has worked with adults to help them achieve their educational aspirations. She currently holds the position of Office Manager at Uptown Research.