Our Team

The Road Home Program Research team has years of experience researching and working with those with PTSD. We are passionate about innovating and improving care for those living with PTSD through research. We hope to develop and test ways to make treatments briefer, more accessible, and more beneficial.
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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.


Emily Patton

Emily Patton, BA

Epi Research Assistant (She/Her)

Emily graduated from DePaul University in 2020 with a bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Public Health Studies. She previously worked as a Research Study Coordinator at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She is interested in methods to improve service seeking and in the prevention of trauma.


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.


Where Are They Now?

Former Research Assistants
Kelsey Petrey
Kelsey Petrey is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at The University of Central Florida, where she works with Dr. David Rozek.
Jenna Bagely
Jenna Bagely is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University, where she works with Dr. Norah Feeny.
Victoria Stiegerwald
Victoria Stiegerwald is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at The University of Central Florida, where she works with Dr. David Rozek.
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Merdijiana Kovacevic
Merdijiana Kovacevic, Ph.D. (2020-2021) is now an Associate Professor at Rush University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry.
Jarrett Lewis
Jarrett Lewis, Ph.D. (2020-2021) is now an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Division of the Department of Education Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller, Ph.D. (2018-2020) is now an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Join Us

Individuals seeking employment or volunteer research opportunities, please email a copy of your CV to Sarah Pridgen. (Sarah_Pridgen@rush.edu).

Support Our Research

We are able to provide free treatment to our research participants as a part of our research thanks to generous donors who are passionate about improving the lives of those living with PTSD.

If you would like to support our mission of innovating and improving treatments for those with PTSD, consider doing so by donating to our research.