Research Coordinators

 Present Coordinators

Lacey Wisslead, B.S.:Lacey joined the Maki Lab in 2010 as an undergraduate research assistant. During that time, she completed her Honor’s Capstone project entitled, “Effect of Oral Contraceptive Use on Heart Rate Variability during Laboratory-Induced Stress.” In 2012, she received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and her role shifted to a full-time research coordinator in the Maki Lab. Lacey is currently involved with the RISE study as well as the lab’s perinatal mental health research.


Emily Close, LCSW :Emily joined the lab in 2013 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition to working in the lab, Emily also provides individual and group psychotherapy to patients in the Women’s Mental Health Program. Emily received an MSW from Loyola University Chicago with a concentration in mental health. Prior to joining the lab, Emily worked as a perinatal social worker at University of Chicago Medicine. Clinical interests include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, perinatal loss and bereavement and reproductive health access among historically disadvantaged populations.

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