Who We Are

Executive Leadership

Jeffrey Kaye

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., is the Layton Endowed Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University. He is the director of ORCATECH and director of the NIA - Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Kaye’s research has focused over the past two decades on understanding healthy aging using a variety of approaches ranging across the fields of genetics, neuroimaging, physiology and continuous activity monitoring. He leads several longitudinal studies of aging including the ongoing Oregon Brain Aging Study, the Intelligent Systems for Detection of Aging Changes (ISAAC) study and the ORCATECH Living Laboratory. The latter studies use pervasive remote sensing and computing technologies for continuous assessment of health and function among older adults in their homes. Recently, Dr. Kaye received a NIH award to study how real time in-home passively assessed activities (“Ambient Independence Measures” or AIMs) may be used to prevent transitions to higher levels of care. Also recently, Dr. Kaye has begun a new NIH funded Canadian, US, and UK program project in collaboration with three other principal investigators to pursue the “Integrated Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging” (IALSA). IALSA seeks to create a common international harmonization platform for longitudinal studies of aging in order to advance integrative, interdisciplinary, and cross national approaches to research on aging, cognition, personality, and health. Dr. Kaye has received the Charles Dolan Hatfield Research Award for his work. He is listed in Best Doctors in America. He serves on many national and international panels and review boards in the fields of geriatrics, neurology and technology including as a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services and Technology (CAST), Chair of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), a member of the Advisory Board of AgeTech West, and on the Leadership Council of the Network on Environment, Services and Technologies for the American Society on Aging. He is an author of over 300 scientific publications and holds several major grant awards from federal agencies, national foundations and industrial sponsors.

Judith Kornfeld

Judith Kornfeld, M.B.A., is the Chief Business and Operations Officer of ORCATECH. Through building worldwide strategic collaborations and alliances while positioning Intellectual Property assets and leveraging products in development, Ms. Kornfeld specializes in bringing innovative medical technologies to prosper in the medical industry. Prior to joining ORCATECH she assumed executive business development positions of emerging medical technological companies in the specialty pharmaceuticals and medical device industries. Recently, Ms. Kornfeld held the position VP of Business Development of TransPharma Medical, a company focused on developing pharmaceutical products based on breakthrough proprietary transdermal drug-delivery technology. Ms. Kornfeld holds a bachelor's degree in life sciences and an M.B.A., as well as an academic background in electrical engineering.

Tracy Zitzelberger

Tracy Zitzelberger, M.P.H., is a research associate with ORCATECH investigating the use of ubiquitous, unobtrusive technologies for assessment of elders in their homes and as a means of maintaining independence. Ms. Zitzelberger was graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and began her research career recruiting for the NIH Women’s Health Initiative at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She moved to Portland in 2000 to work with the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Oregon Health & Science University and directed the Dementia Prevention Study, a primary prevention trial of Gingko biloba in healthy seniors over age 85. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Policy from Portland State University in 2003.

Investigators

Katherine Wild

Kathy Wild, Ph.D., is an ORCATECH investigator with a research focus on elder care and healthcare utilization transitions. Dr. Wild is an associate professor in the OHSU Department of Neurology with special interests is in cognitive impairment and dementia. She received her doctorate in 1988 from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology - Yeshiva University, New York. She has been collaborating with other members of ORCATECH in research on the use of in-home technology to prolong safe and independent living. Other research interests include computer-based assessment to detect early changes in cognition, and impaired insight as it relates to decision making in persons with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Hiroko Dodge

Hiroko Dodge, Ph.D., is an ORCATECH investigator who joined the NIA-funded Oregon Alzheimer's Disease Center (OADC) at OHSU as a data core director in 2008. Dr. Dodge’s work focuses on refining statistical methods which allow us to capture the decline leading to dementia at the earliest stage of the disease, examining lifestyle and environmental factors leading to healthy cognitive aging, and conducting behavioral prevention trials against cognitive decline. She is currently examining whether simulations through social interactions could improve cognitive functioning.

Chad Hagen

Chad Hagen, M.D., is an biomedical engineering investigator for ORCATECH. Dr. Hagen's research focus has been improvement in the definition and detection of sleep disorders with an emphasis on sleep apnea and sleep fragmenting disorders. There is heightened need for less expensive and non-obtrusive technology for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Over the last four years, his group has developed technology for the unobtrusive assessment of sleep apnea both in the laboratory and in the comfort of patients’ own homes. Research collaboration with biomedical engineers combined with his work as clinician and director of a busy academic sleep disorders program with thousands of sleep patient encounters per year puts him in a unique position to aid the translation of sleep research to the point of care.

Adri Seelye

Adriana Seelye, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor within ORCATECH and the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s disease Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in 2013 from Washington State University in Clinical Psychology and completed her predoctoral internship training at the UCSD/San Diego VA Consortium. She completed a 2-year NIA funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at OHSU in 2015. In addition to her role as Co-Investigator within ORCATECH at OHSU, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and is a Staff Neuropsychologist at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. Her research is focused on the unobtrusive assessment of "everyday cognition" in older adults using in-home and mobile activity monitoring technologies in the areas of computer use, driving, and medication taking. She is a recipient of a 2015 Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer's Research (OPAR) research grant and a 2015 Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grant, both of which focus on monitoring the everyday cognitive activity patterns for older adults to develop new tools for measuring brain health. Another area of research interest for Dr. Seelye is developing telehealth-based neuropsychological assessment models targeted to older adults residing in rural communities, with the goal of improving early detection of cognitive decline and access to services for those seniors.

Johanna Petersen

Johanna Austin, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 for her work developing models and algorithms to assess in-home activities associated with loneliness and related behaviors. Her current research interests include unobtrusive, longitudinal measurement of in-home behavior with applications to healthcare. She is especially interested in developing techniques to assess the loneliness and depression levels of informal dementia caregivers, which will require the development and testing of devices and algorithms to distinguish the activities of multiple individuals living in the same home.

Christy Reynolds

Christina Reynolds, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher with ORCATECH with a focus on developing algorithms for the analysis of ORCATECH's large and diverse data set. She received her Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College London and a master's degree in software engineering from Harvard University. Much of her research career involved developing software algorithms used to fabricate and test the optics for the European Extremely Large Telescope and the IRIS space telescope. She is currently working on creating methods for analyzing mouse and keyboard use by study participants and exploring night time behavior patterns as captured by the ORCATECH platform.

Life Lab Team

Nicole Larimer

Nicole Sharma leads the Life Lab team and coordinates the ORCATECH projects. She has worked with ORCATECH for over 10 years and has an interest in the scalability of deployment of the ORCATECH Platform across new Life Lab cohorts in North America. Ms. Sharma graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Cognitive Science where she also conducted memory research and learned about research data analysis while interning at the UCSD Alzheimer's Disease Data Core.

Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley is ORCATECH's technical lead, managing both frontend and backend development, testing of new sensors and implementing quality assurance protocols for collected data. He uses experience implementing these sensors and subject interactions to continue improving ORCATECH’s sensor suite. Mr. Riley is a graduate of the University of Portland with a degree in physics.

Phelps Witter IV

Phelps Witter IV is a programmer with ORCATECH. Mr. Witter is involved in development on several ORCATECH projects and also supports the technical research assistants as needed with troubleshooting the ORCATECH Platform.

 

Ariella Brenner

Ariella Brenner is a technical research assistant for ORCATECH and maintains the in home ORCATECH platform installations. Ms. Brenner has an undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern University and is pursuing an MS in Bioinformatics at OHSU.

Emily Lore

Emily Lore is a technical research assistant with ORCATECH and maintains the in-home ORCATECH platform installations. Ms. Lore has an undergraduate degree in Public Health and pre-law from the University of Washington. She is interested in how new technologies and data analysis can optimize how the medical community can best serve aging populations.

 

Nora Mattek

Nora Mattek, M.P.H., is a research statistician in ORCATECH. Her primary focus is analyzing the activity data collected from our Intelligent Systems for Assessment of Aging Changes Study (ISAAC). ISAAC is a unique and collaborative study that is the first large-scale project of its kind to study continuous assessment technologies in community homes. This five year study, funded by an NIH Biomedical Research Partnership Grant, is a collaborative effort among medical and engineering faculty and academic and industry partners.

Sylvia Salazar

Sylvia Salazar, N.D., has worked at OHSU/ORCATECH providing clinical assessments for several aging and technology studies since 2007. Ms. Salazar received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, before attending the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she earned her degree in naturopathic medicine.

Colette Duncan

Colette Duncan is a research assistant with ORCATECH who administers the neuropsychological testing for ORCATECH study participants. Ms. Duncan holds a B.S. in business administration.

Dara Wasserman

Dara Wasserman is a Research Associate with the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center and ORCATECH. She has over 20 years of experience working in research with older adults and administers neuropsychological testing for ORCATECH study participants. She holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Secondary Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.