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.

Srinivas Muvvala, M.D., Study Physician

Dr. Muvvala is the medical director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. Dr. Muvvala 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

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD / What it means to discover: A researcher's perspective

Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, is Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry. Her research was instrumental in the current use of naltrexone for alcohol dependence and she is currently conducting clinical trials to determine if other medications might be effective in reducing alcohol consumption.

Sandra Trevino, LCSW / What it means to discover: A researcher's perspective

Sandra Trevino, LCSW, is the executive director for JUNTA for Progressive Action, New Haven's oldest Latino community based non-profit organization. JUNTA is partnering with Yale to raise awareness about the importance of participating in clinical research in order to address health disparities in the Hispanic community.