Research Coordinators

Present Coordinators

Katie D’Aunno, B.S.:Katie joined the lab in 2013 as a research coordinator. Before joining the lab, she received a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago in Psychology. At Loyola, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience lab working on an Aging study using EEG and the Activity Matters lab where she completed an Honor’s thesis studying BMI and negative body image in friendship networks among low-income ethnic minority girls. Katie is currently working as a coordinator on the RISE study


Jessica Oakley, B.S.:Jessica joined the lab in 2013 as a research received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Jessica was an undergraduate research assistant and lab manager at the Cognition and Aging Lab at U of M, working primarily on a cognitive genetics project, which examined the correlation between an acetylcholine transporter mutation and attentional difficulties. After graduation, Jessica joined the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, where she contributed to a variety of studies of pediatric mood disorders. In the Maki lab, Jessica is currently involved in the lab management, HIV and RISE studies


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.


Alana Aziz-Bradley, MPH :Alana joined the Maki Lab in 2014 as a Research Coordinator. Prior to joining the lab, she received a B.A. in Cultural and Urban Anthropology in 2006. She then went on to complete a Master’s of Public Health focusing on Community Health Sciences and Gerontology at UIC. She has worked on community health and research programs at the Hines VA Hospital, American Cancer Society, and Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Her academic interests are aging, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, and sexual minorities.

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