Family Recovery Research Program Team


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.

Early Career Investigators

Shannon Forkus, Ph.D.

Sarah Giff, Ph.D.

Margaret Baer, Ph.D.

Julie Hurd, Ph.D.

Caroline Boyd-Rogers (incoming intern)

Study Therapists

Abbie Bruner, MA, LPC-A 

Study Personnel

NOW HIRING a research assistant. Please contact Stacey Sellers if interested:


Anjinetta Johnson, PAC.

Anjinetta graduated from MUSC's Physician's Assistant Program in 2001. She has been involved in behavioral health research since 2010 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.

Chris DeLeon

Chris DeLeon, BS

Chris is a Program Coordinator for the POET Study. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University. He was previously a research assistant on a study investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness in Veterans with substance use disorders (SUD).

Morgan Thomas

Morgan Thomas is a Program Assistant on the Couples team at MUSC. Morgan is currently running the START & HEART studies which investigate substance use and couple interactions. Morgan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Emily Hall

Back-Flanagan Group Program Manager

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey is the Program Manager for the 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 15 years, focusing her work on the treatment of substance use disorders.