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Faculty and Clinicians

Learn more about the faculty and clinicians who conduct research, provide care and offer education programs for providers and students. 

Anne Arthur portrait
Clinical Instructor, Neurology

Megan Baumgardner portrait
Assistant Professor, Neurology

William Brooks portrait
Professor, Neurology

Jeffrey Burns portrai
Professor, Neurology

Robyn Honea portrait
Research Associate Professor, Neurology

Jill Morris portrait
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Jaime Perales Puchalt portrait
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Ashley Shaw portrait
Research Assistant Professor, Neurology

Russell Swerdlow portrait
Professor, Neurology

Amanda Szabo-Reed portrait
Research Assistant Professor, Physical Activity & Weight Management

Ryan Townley portrait
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Eric Vidoni portrait
Associate Professor, Neurology

Heather Wilkins portrait
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Clinicians and KU Faculty

Samantha Fikru, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Memory Care Clinic and Medical Monitor for Research, KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Western University of Health Sciences

Certifications/Licensure: Licensed and board-certified family nurse practitioner


Emeritus Professor, KU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Education: Ph.D., University of Kansas


Emeritus Professor, KU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Education: Ph.D., University of Kentucky, M.D., St. Louis University


Michelle Myers, APN-BC
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Memory Care Clinic

Education: Master of Science, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Certifications/Licensure: Board certified as an APRN: Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through both ANCC and AANP


Michelle Niedens, LSCSW
Director of MyAlliance for Cognitive Health

Education: Master of Social Work, University of Kansas

Certifications/Licensure: Clinical social work licenses in Kansas and Missouri


Rachel Sandoval
LEAP! Coordinator

Education: Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, KU School of Health Professions


Associate Professor, KU Department of Psychology and Research Fellow, KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Education: Ph.D. in Gerontology, University of Southern California


KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

KU Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mailstop 6002
Fairway, KS 66205
913-588-0555
Email: kuadrc@kumc.edu