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SHORE Research Team

The Student Health Office of Research Excellence (SHORE) facilitates the exploration of scientific study pertaining to the student population with the goal to improve student health and well-being. The SHORE team assists with enrolling student research participants who are representative of our collegiate populations with the utmost respect for each individual and assuring research projects are managed in full compliance with regulations and guidance. Our inclusive mission facilitates student participation in quality research with the goal of benefiting the student population, higher education, and society as a whole.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Ahern, BSN, MBA, CCRC, via email kaa7p@virginia.edu or at (434) 924-1549.

Research Team

Christoper Holstege, MD, Executive Director

Education

  • BS, Chemistry, Calvin College (1988)
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (1993)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Butterworth Hospital (1996)
  • Fellowship, Medical Toxicology, Indiana University (1998)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Chemical agents utilized in terrorism/murder
  • Substance use disorder trends in student populations
  • Emergence of new substances of abuse
Meredith E. Hayden, MD, Associate Executive Director

Education

  • BS, Magna Cum Laude, Biology, Davidson College (1996)
  • MD, Medical University of South Carolina (2001)
  • Pediatric Intern, University of Virginia (2001–2002)
  • Pediatric Resident, University of Virginia (2002–2004)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Primary Care
  • Resident Education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Infection Control

Certification(s)

  • Board Certified General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Nephrology Fellow, University of Virginia (2004–2005)
Karen A. Ahern, BSN, MBA, CCRC, Clinical Research Manager

Education

  • BSN, Duke University (1979)
  • MBA, Loyola University of Maryland (1983)

Research Interests

  • Women's Health
  • Vaccines
  • College Health

Certification(s)

  • Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (2001 - Present)
Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

Education

  • BSN, Villanova University
  • MSN, Duke University
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University 

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Improving maternal mental health
  • Improving early childhood outcomes
  • Infant outcomes in mothers experiencing perinatal intimate partner violence
  • Biological and psychological underpinnings of maternal attachment and maternal depression
  • Self-management support for perinatal depression, and its influence on infant outcomes
Sarah Knight, MPH, CHES, Data Initiatives and Evaluation Specialist

Education              

  • BS, University of Michigan (2009)    
  • MPH, Emory University (2012)                 

Research Interests

  • College health and wellness
  • Sexual and gender minority health disparities

Certification(s)

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (2013 - Present)
Saumitra V. Rege, PhD, Epidemiologist

Education

  • BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mumbai (2007)
  • MS, Pharmacy Administration, St. John’s University (2009)
  • PhD, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaceconomics, University of Rhode Island (2015)

Clinical and Research Interest

  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Epidemiology Clinical Toxicology
  • Interventions to prevent alcohol and substance use
  • Alcohol and drug prevention policies
  • Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research
  • Longitudinal data management and analysis
Mark Silvestri, PhD, Staff Psychologist

Education

  • BA, Psychology, University of Michigan-Dearborn (2009)
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University (2011)
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University (2015)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for substance use disorders
  • Incorporating measurement based care in the treatment of addictive behaviors
  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs
  • College student drug and alcohol use
Kawai Tanabe, MPH, Epidemiologist

Education

  • MPH, Epidemiology and International Health, University of Michigan (2001)
  • BA, Biology, Vassar College (1996)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Global health and refugee health
  • Women and child health
  • College health
Sara Gouldman, MS, Executive Assistant

Education

  • BS, Springfield College - Human Services Administration (2000)
  • MS, Springfield College - Human Services Administration (2002)

Certification(s)

  • Notary Public, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Certified Professional (2019)