Our Team

You’ve served your country, now it’s our turn to serve you. The Road Home Program team is committed to supporting you and your loved ones as you face the challenges of life after service. Collectively, we have helped thousands of veterans and we look forward to helping you. Learn about open positions or join the Road Home Program team.
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Philip Held, PhD

Philip Held, PhD

Research Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (He/Him)

Philip Held, PhD, is a health services researcher who is passionate about innovating mental health care treatments, especially as it relates to PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.

Merdijana Kovacevic

Merdijana Kovacevic, PhD

Clinical Psychologist (She/Her)

Dr. Kovacevic is an Assistant Professor who has specialized training in providing assessment and therapy services for trauma survivors.

Nicole Christ, PhD

Nicole Christ, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow (She/Her)

Dr. Christ is a postdoctoral fellow with the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center. Nicole has specialized experience in the assessment and treatment of PTSD.

Sarah Pridgen

Sarah Pridgen, MA, LCP

Manager of Research Operations (She/Her)

Sarah has a BA in Special Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is a former special education teacher. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.

Uddy Banerjee, PhD

Uddy Banerjee, PhD

Senior Clinical Analyst (He/Him)

Uddy earned his PhD from The Ohio State University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His dissertation research focused on transfusions and modeling targeted delivery of therapeutic gasses to tissues.

Ryan Schubert

Ryan Schubert, MS

Clinical Data Scientist (He/Him)

Ryan received his BS in Biology and Bionformatics and his MS in Applied Statistics from Loyola University Chicago. Ryan previously worked as a Bionformatician in a computational human genetics lab.

Enya Meade

Enya Meade, BA

Clinical Research Assistant (She/Her)

Enya received her BA in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College. At F&M, Enya worked in several labs related to child development and PTSD.

Rhea Mundle

Rhea Mundle, BS

Clinical Research Assistant (She/Her)

Rhea graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. At UIUC, Rhea was a research assistant for a lab studying human memory and cognition.

Cailan Splaine

Cailan Splaine, BS, BA

Clinical Research Assistant (She/Her)

Cailan has a BS in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington, where she worked in the UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress as an undergraduate research assistant.

Jessica Tharaud

Jessica Tharaud, BA

Clinical Research Assistant (She/Her)

Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College.