Lab Members

Back-Flanagan Group

Investigators

Sudie Back 


Sudie Back, Ph.D.

Dr. Back's primary research focus is the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She leads a variety of studies to examine SUD and PTSD, including randomized controlled trials of behavioral as well as pharmacologic interventions, laboratory-based investigations, and neuroimaging studies.

Julianne Flanagan

Julianne Flanagan, Ph.D.

Dr. Flanagan's program of research focuses on the relationships between post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and interpersonal violence. She is currently conducting laboratory and treatment development studies aimed at better understanding behavioral and neurobiological underpinnings of violence among individuals and couples. She is also conducting studies examining behavioral and pharmacological interventions to mitigate these commonly co-occurring problems.

Kevin Gray, MD

Kevin Gray, M.D.

Dr. Gray is Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MUSC. Collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers, he has focused his career on advancing treatments for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults.

Elizabeth Santa Ana, PhD

Elizabeth Santa Ana, Ph.D.

Dr. Santa Ana is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC and the Evidence-Based Training Coordinator for the VISN 7 Homeless Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a core investigator within the Charleston Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and she collaborates with other MUSC faculty in Psychiatry on projects involving PTSD, substance use disorder, relapse prevention, and chronic pain for patients with substance use and other co-existing disorders.

Tracy Stecker, PhD

Tracy Stecker, Ph.D.

Dr. Stecker is one of our therapists and co-investigators. She is a nationally known expert on stigma and treatment seeking, and her research focuses on improving help seeking behavior among suicidal individuals.

Amber Jarneke, PhD

Amber Jarnecke, Ph.D.

Dr. Jarnecke is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Addictions Sciences at MUSC. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors that contribute to the association between substance use disorders and intimate partner violence. She is currently collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to study the neurobiology of and pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Jennifer Jones, MD

Jennifer Jones, M.D.

Dr. Jones is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Addictions Sciences at MUSC. Her primary research interests include developing new medications for the treatment of substance use disorders, particularly opiate addiction. She collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to study the neurobiology of and pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders. 

Kimberly Veronee, D,H,A, LPC 

Kimberly graduated from the Citadel's Clinical Counseling program with her Master's in 2010 and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Doctorate in Health Administration in 2018. She has been working at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in Charleston, SC for the past eight years. During this time she has been a therapist on multiple research studies specializing in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Kimberly loves fruit and chocolate and spending time with her family and friends.

Study Personnel

Anjinetta Johnson, PAC

Anjinetta has 16 years of practicing as a Physician Assistant. She has been involved in behavioral health research for the past six years in the role of Medical Clinician for Research Studies. She performs history and physical exams on research participants to help determine if they are healthy enough to be a part of the study. She also dispenses study medications, and monitors and follows up on study-related adverse events. 

Jocelyn Rogers

Jocelyn T. Rogers, MPH

Jocelyn joined the team as the Program Coordinator for the VA/Veteran PTSD POET Study at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in October 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Health from Kent State University. Jocelyn has a particular interest in health disparities, mental health and sexual health. 

Chris DeLeon

Chris DeLeon, BS

Chris is a Program Assistant for the VA/Veteran PTSD POET Study. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University. He has worked in research at MUSC and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 20 years focusing on substance use treatment and medical decision-making.

Hannah Shoemaker

Hannah Shoemaker, MS

Hannah is the Program Coordinator for the PaNACea study. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from the College of Charleston in 2015 and her Masters in General Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2019. Hannah is interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for children and families exposed to trauma (e.g., family violence, intimate partner violence, and community violence) or affected by substance use. Further, Hannah is currently enrolled in the Clinical Counseling Psychology Masters Program at the Citadel and has 3 years of experience at MUSC across various research studies. 

James Richardson

James Richardson, BS

James is a Program Assistant for both the PaNACea PTSD Study and the CIRCUITS PTSD Brain Imaging Study.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Medical focus from The University of South Carolina.  He has worked in research at The University of South Carolina and MUSC for over 4 years.  He plans to continue his education by obtaining an M.D. and further specializing in the field of surgery.

Jessica Brower, MA

Jessica is the Study Coordinator in the Flanagan lab, currently working on the HeART Couples Study. She received her Masters in Psychology from New York University and has worked in clinical research since 2016. 

Charli Kirby, BA

Charli is a Program Assistant in the Flanagan Lab currently working on the HeART Couples Research Study. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Anderson University in May of 2018. She is interested in family violence and how early life experiences of violence affect later perpetration and victimization. Charli wants to continue her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology.  

Kristen Mummert

Kristen Mummert, BS

Kristen is a Program Assistant for the HeART Couples Study. She received her bachelor’s degree in Brain and Behavioral Sciences at Purdue University. Her professional interests include educating the public on harm reduction ideologies, specifically focusing on reforming drug policies to be based on compassion and science. Kristen wants to continue her education with real world experience and a graduate degree in public health psychology.

Sarah Farinelli

Sarah Farinelli, BA

Sarah Farinelli is a Program Assistant on the IB-PE Clinical Trial. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Miami in May 2018. Sarah is interested in examining the role technology may play in improving care for those afflicted with PTSD and other chronic mental health conditions. Before coming to MUSC, her prior experience focused on healthcare communications and patient education for pharmaceutical companies. Sarah plans to further her academic training by pursuing a Master of Public Health. 

Keaveny Anne Donovan, MPA

Katy is a Study Coordinator on Dr. Back’s team.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and her Masters of Public Administration from the College of Charleston. Katy has been working in Clinical  Research since 2014; coordinating TBI, Alzheimer’s Disease and PTSD studies.

Hayley Feigl

Hayley Feigl, MS

Hayley Feigl has over 5 years of professional research experience. She received her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Chicago, then worked in institutional research for 2 years before transitioning to work in the clinical research field. She has worked at MUSC for the past 2.5 years as the coordinator on a clinical trial involving women with PTSD and substance use disorder.

Emily Bristol

Emily Bristol joined Dr. Back’s lab in 2018. She is the Program Coordinator for the Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program (R25, DA020537). She has been at MUSC for 5 years and previously worked as a research assistant on a clinical trial. Emily is also working on her Masters in Social Work through the University of South Carolina. 

Back-Flanagan Group Program Manager

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey is the Program Manager for the Back-Flanagan Group. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Neuroscience from the College of Charleston and her Masters of Clinical and Translational Science from Creighton University. She has worked in research at MUSC and Creighton University for over 10 years, focusing her work on the treatment of substance use.