New Staff

Welcome Our New Staff

To Team LiBI!

Introducing Our Newest Team Members

Our LiBI team is dedicated to studying how the brain and behavior develop and change over time and in response to different illnesses. This collaboration between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania bridges the gap between pediatric and adult research, making it possible for researchers to begin studying participants at a young age and to continue to follow them into adulthood. We are very proud to introduce our newest teammates, who share our team's desire to make a difference.

Grace DiDomenico

Grace DiDomenico, B.A.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Grace DiDomenico joined LiBI in fall of 2019 as Dr. Ran Barzilay's Lab Manager. She is responsible for coordinating Dr. Barilay's Research Study: Mechanisms of Resilience to Developmental Stress in Children and Adolescents, as well as other upcoming studies.

Grace just moved back home to Philly after working as a Lab Manager in Boston at Brandeis University. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2016.

Emily McClellan

Emily McClellan, M.S.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Emily received her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph's University in 2019, where she worked in the cognitive psychology laboratory from 2016 - 2019. Throughout her research career, Emily has had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from UCLA and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She currently serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at LiBI where she performs clinical interviews and administers cognitive assessments for such protocols as Rare CNV and Evolution of Psychosis.

Sage Rush

Sage Rush, M.S.Ed

Clinical Assessment Manager

Sage will be joining the LiBI team as the Senior Clinical Assessment Manager. She previously worked as a clinical research coordinator for Dr. Satterthwaite where she managed multiple research projects examining brain development in adolescence and young adults.

At LiBI, she will be responsible for training and supervising clinical research coordinators as well as designing and implementing assessment procedures across the center. Sage earned a B.A. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.S.Ed. in Human Development from Penn's Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Sage enjoys learning French and hopes to become fluent one day as well as reading, yoga, and watching Netflix.


Griffin Stockton Hogrogian, M.S.Ed

Clinical Research Coordinator

Griffin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from Oberlin College and his M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Services from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

He joined the BBL in 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator on the Evolution of Psychosis in Youth: Multimodal Risk and Resilience Markers study. As a clinical research coordinator, Griffin is mainly involved in clinical and neurocognitive assessments through the Lifespan Brain Institute.

Prior to joining the BBL, Griffin worked in both out-patient counseling and sexual assault crisis centers, and he plans to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

Arjuna (AJ) Pettit, M.S.Ed.

Clinical Research Coordinator

AJ completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Oberlin College and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling through Penn's Graduate School of Education. He is joining our lab after five years in Penn Biology and will be working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Dan Wolf's MOTIVE project. AJ is interested in how exposure to both acute and chronic stress impacts neurodevelopment and mental health outcomes across the lifespan.

Jenna Kantor

Jenna Kantor, B.A.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jenna is joining us from Los Angeles, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Libi, she worked at the UCLA Neuroscience Institute in the Neuromodulation Division. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Neuroscience in the future.


Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris, B.A.

Clinical Research Recruiter

Kyle brings 3 years of sourcing and recruitment experience to the Lifespan and Brain Institute. Prior to taking part in clinical research, Kyle helped construct recruitment pipelines for startup businesses in the Philadelphia area. He earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Moravian College.

Megan Himes

Megan Himes, M.S.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Megan Himes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Arcadia University in 2016. She went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology at Villanova University in 2018. Then, she joined LiBI in 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator.

Megan is mainly involved in the Exposome, Psychopathology, and NeuroDevelopment (EXPAND) studies section of LiBI, where research focuses on environmental and genetic factors beginning during pregnancy that affect neurodevelopment in children throughout their lives.