FULL TIME STAFF
PJ McCarroll, MSW
Program Coordinator (2005)
Eearned her degree in Psychology from Ohio University and her Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas. Mrs. McCarroll supervises the research specialists, data coordinator and the administrative assistant, and is also responsible for facilitating communication between our laboratories.
Maralee Litschge, MSW
Research Project Clinician (2010)
Research Project Clinician (2010) earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Litschge is responsible for the implementation of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy and Enriched SupportiveTherapy to participants in the PERSPECTIVES research project. Ms. Litschge has over 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and adult psychiatric patients with schizophrenia and other disorders. Ms. Litschge has also acquired research experience by working on protocols that focus on the treatment of adults with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
Shannon Porton, M.Ed.
Research Project Clinician (2012)
Research Project Clinician (2012) earned her degree in Health Services and her Master’s in Education Teaching and Leadership from Point Park University. Shannon is responsible for enrollment and tracking for the PERSPECTIVES Program. She also provides Enriched Supportive Therapy (EST) as well as Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) to individuals enrolled in the PERSPECTIVES research program. .
John J. Markiewicz III, AS
Research Data Coordinator (2002)
Earned his degrees, one in Computer Information Technology-Networking and one in Math and Science from the Community College of Allegheny County. Mr. Markiewicz creates and maintains the subject and test data for the research project and clinic, as well as the office computers and printers.
Michelle Perrin, MBA
Marketing Coordinator (2008)
Earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University and her master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Perrin is responsible for study recruitment including creating and placing advertisements, copywriting, and acting as an informational liaison between organizations and the research project. She is also responsible for the preparation and submission of research protocols to ensure they adhere to Institutional Review Board regulations.
Anna Lausberg, BA
Research assistant for the Perspectives and EASE programs.
Kelsey Cowles, BA
Research Assistant (2016)
Earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Cornell University. Kelsey assists Drs. Minshew, Eack, and Mazefsky and is responsible for scheduling meetings, and appointments, administrative tasks, purchasing and general day-to-day operations. She is also involved in data entry, verification and management.