ADVANCE Study Staff

Stephanie O’Malley, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. O’Malley is an internationally recognized leader in the field of addiction science. A clinical psychologist by training, she has been at Yale Medical School for over 25 years and is currently Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Division of Addiction Research. Dr. O’Malley has extensive experience in conducting studies of pharmacological and behavioral interventions for substance abuse disorders. As Principal Investigator, Dr. O’Malley has ultimate responsibility for the direction of the ADVANCE Study.

Jolomi Ikomi, MD, Study Physician

Dr. Ikomi is the medical director of the substance abuse treatment unit. He served as the Study Physician for a recent alcohol clinical trial. Dr. Ikomi provides medical supervision of the Advanced Practice Nurse and oversees the medical aspects of the protocol, including final review of eligibility related to medical inclusion/exclusion criteria and ongoing review of participant safety.

Denise Romano, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Study Nurse

Ms. Romano is responsible for medical screening of potential participants for admission into the ADVANCE Study. She conducts physical exams, administers and monitors the use of study medications and delivers the medication-related counseling developed especially for the ADVANCE Study. Ms. Romano has extensive experience in clinical trials and was responsible for similar tasks at Yale’s site for the COMBINE Study.

Susan Neveu, Project Coordinator

Susan Neveu is responsible for coordinating various aspects of the study including recruitment, screening, scheduling, and study appointments. Susan has been working at Yale for over 10 years and has extensive experience coordinating clinical trials.

Other Study Personnel and Collaborators:

Research Assistants:

  • Tess Hanrahan, M.Res
  • Christine Nogueira