Expert Directory

John DiFiori, MD, FACSM

Chief of the Primary Sports Medicine Service and Attending Physician

Hospital for Special Surgery

Primary Sports Medicine

Dr. John DiFiori is Chief of the Primary Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and has special expertise and extensive experience in treating sports injuries in competitive athletes. He serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for the NBA, where he is involved with the League’s research initiatives, as well as the development and implementation of all policies related to player health and safety. He has also been appointed to the FIBA (The International Basketball Federation) Medical Commission where he works with basketball federations around the world to set standards for player health.

Prior to joining HSS, Dr. DiFiori was Chief of the UCLA Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics. As Head Team Physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, he supervised the care of more than 650 athletes in 24 NCAA sports. He spent more than 15 years on the sidelines with the Bruins football and basketball teams.

Dr. DiFiori has served as President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the largest organization of sports medicine physicians in the U.S. He has the distinction of being named a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. DiFiori recently presented at the 2020 Scandinavian Sports Medicine Congress in Copenhagen, honored to be the only American physician invited to provide scientific presentations at the three-day event. He spoke on youth sports injuries, injury prevention and early single sport specialization in young athletes.

Dr. DiFiori is the lead author for the recently published NBA Youth Basketball Guidelines, and the AMSSM Position Statement on Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Youth Sports. He serves on the editorial boards of Current Sports Medicine Reports and the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr. DiFiori has served as a medical consultant for the NHL Players Association and as a team physician for the United States Olympic Committee for several international competitions, including US Soccer, USA Basketball, and the XIII Pan American Games.

His sports medicine practice at HSS focuses on the care of competitive athletes and active individuals of all ages. 

learning technologies, learning analytics, vocational education , augmented reality, educational robotics, Collaborative Learning

A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in 2002. He has been the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations). He is full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction". He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,...). With EPFL colleagues, he launched in 2017 the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with 80 start-ups in learning technologies. In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences that brings together the local initiatives in educational innovation. He is a fellow of the International Society for Learning Sciences.

Memo Diriker, PhD

Director / BEACON | Associate Professor

Salisbury University

Management, Strategic Planning, resource allocation, Economic Impact, Healthcare economics, Economic Analysis

The founding director of the Business, Education and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) in Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Dr. Memo Diriker is an economic trend analysist with expertise in healthcare policy and economics, as well as local and state government economics. Through BEACON, he also has overseen analyses on growing regional Hispanic and elderly populations, as well as the economic benefits of agriculture.

BEACON, The Business Economic and Community Outreach Network, of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, offers business, economic, workforce, and community development consulting and assistance services to a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit community-based organizations.

At BEACON, Diriker advises a large number of private, public, and nonprofit sector organizations, specializing in the use of scenario analysis and in demographic, business and economic trend forecasting. He oversees the organization’s initiatives, including Bienvenidos a Delmarva, ShoreENERGY, GrayShore and ShoreTrends.

He has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants and sponsored research projects, totaling over $10 million in awards. In addition to a book, he has authored many articles in academic and practitioner publications, and is a sought-after public speaker.

Ciji Dodds, JD

Assistant Professor of Law

Albany Law School

Lawyering, Clinical Instruction, legal writing, Property, Real Estate Transactions, Civil Litigation, Critical Race Theory

Professor Ciji Dodds teaches Introduction to Lawyering. She came to Albany Law School in April 2019 after five years on the faculty of the University of the District Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where she taught courses in the Legal Writing and Academic Success programs. Her research and teaching interests include clinical instruction, legal writing, property, critical legal studies, and critical race theory.

As principal of The Dodds Firm in Washington, D.C., Professor Dodds represents startups, nonprofits, and small businesses in corporate and real estate transactions. She also provides civil litigation services for members of marginalized communities. Previously, she was an associate at Kelley Drye and Warren, LLP, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, and an assistant attorney general, all in Washington, D.C.

Professor Dodds’ volunteer efforts reflect her commitment to helping the underserved and supporting girls and young women. She has worked as a pro bono attorney for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and served on the board of directors of Aya, Inc., a mentoring organization for young women of color. She also was a coach for Girls on the Run–D.C., a nonprofit that helps girls develop life skills and an appreciation for health and fitness.

Kathleen Dolan, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Political Science

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Women in politics, Presidential Campaign, Elections and Voting, women candidates, Gender Gap, Political Participation, Public Opinion, Electoral Politics

Dolan, co-editor of the American Journal of Political Science, is the author of “When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections.” She can talk about gender and elections, women candidates for office, the gender gap in voting, and how gender stereotypes might affect women candidates. Dolan also can speak about political participation, public opinion and electoral and legislative politics.

Popular Culture, Popular Music, Rock And Roll, Punk, Heavy Metal, Reggae, rap, Hip Hop, Documentary and Narrative Film, Media, Visual Arts, Modern Art and Popular Culture, Street Photography, Art Cars, Automobiles, Travel and Tourism

Dr. Matthew Donahue is a senior lecturer in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, specializing in topics related to popular culture, popular music (rock and roll, punk, heavy metal, reggae, rap/hip-hop, blues, popular music styles from the 1950s to the present), documentary and narrative film, media, visual arts (modern art and popular culture, street photography, art cars), politics and popular culture, travel and tourism and other related topics. He has lectured on such topics regionally, nationally and internationally and has served as an authority on popular culture topics for national and international publications. He is a member of the state of Ohio’s Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau, lecturing on topics related popular culture throughout the state of Ohio. Prior to serving as a senior lecturer for the Department of Popular Culture, he served as a supervisor for the Bill Schurk Sound Recordings Archive at Bowling Green State University, working on sound recording reissue projects for Time-Life and Smithsonian.

In addition to his academic work, he is also a musician, artist, filmmaker and writer. As a musician, he has released sound recordings internationally working within a variety of music genres. As a visual artist, he uses popular culture as the basis of his artistic creations, working in two and three-dimensional collage/mixed media, street photography and art cars and has exhibited his work at exhibitions, galleries, festivals and museums throughout the United States. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker for such films as “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project,” “The Hines Farm Blues Club” and “Motorhead Matters”.  Additionally, he has made documentaries on the history and culture of art cars such as “Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience” and “Car Power: Another Art Car Experience,” as well as music and concert videos related to his various musical projects over the years. His written work consists of the award winning “I’ll Take You There: An Oral and Photographic History of the Hines Farm Blues Club” and a collection of photography related to his art cars titled “Taking It to the Streets: An Art Car Experience.” 

He serves as a board member for the Friends of Jerome Library at Bowling Green State University. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Metal Music Studies Journal and the Editorial Board for the Media and Popular Culture Journal.   

He has won a variety of awards and accolades related to his academic and creative work.

More information on his academic and creative background can be found on his personal website at

XinQi Dong, MD

Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH)

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Epidemiologic, Health Care, Aging Research, Internal, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Care

Dr. XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, is director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and the inaugural Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Dong is a population health epidemiologist and geriatrician, and has published extensively on violence prevention, elder justice and healthy aging, with more than 220 peer-reviewed publications. 

Dr. Dong has led multiple longitudinal epidemiological studies, including the New Jersey Population Health Cohort Study, currently in the design phase, and The PINE Study of 3,300 Chinese older adults to quantify relationships among culture, violence and health outcomes. Dr. Dong is the principal investigator of numerous federally-funded grants, and has mentored many trainees and faculty researchers to success. He leads the National Institute on Aging-funded P30 Asian Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR).

Dr. Dong serves on many editorial boards, was guest editor-in-chief for the Journal of Aging and Health and the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, and edited the key textbook on elder abuse – the field’s largest collection of research, practice, and policy. Dr. Dong was elected to be a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association.

Dr. Dong was the recipient of the Paul Beeson Award by the National Institute on Aging; the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute for Medicine as a Profession; the Nobuo Maeda International Aging and Public Health Research Award and the National Award for Excellence by the American Public Health Association; the Maxwell Pollack Award in Productive Aging, the Joseph Freeman Award, and the Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America; the Rosalie Wolf Award by the National Committee on the Prevention of Elder Abuse; and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award by the American Geriatric Society. In 2017, Dr. Dong was awarded the Ewald Busse Award by the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2018, he received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Equity Award.

A strong advocate for advancing population health issues in under-represented communities at the local and national levels and around the world, Dr. Dong has worked with multiple institutions in China as well as the Chinese National Committee on Aging to further dialogue between the US and China on elder justice and mental health.

Dr. Dong served as a senior advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama administration. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also shaped the national agenda on the surveillance and preventive strategies combating issues of violence.

In 2011, Dr. Dong was appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine: Global Violence Prevention Forum. Subsequently, he chaired the institute’s workshop on elder abuse prevention. In 2017, Dr. Dong was invited to be the planning committee member for the Board on Global Health to chart the future of violence prevention efforts at the National Academy of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Dong became a member of the academy’s consensus study: Care Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers. In 2018, Dr. Dong was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

An immigrant to the United States, Dr. Dong grew up in a rural village near Nanjing, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and economics from the University of Chicago, his medical degree at Rush University College of Medicine, and a masters in public health in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Yale University Medical Center.

Wesley Dotson, PhD

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

Texas Tech University

Autism, ASD, Post-secondary Programs, Transition, Teacher Training, Behavior Management

Wesley Dotson is an associate professor in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. He serves as the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, which is a life-span center dedicated to increasing the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families by providing services, preparing educators and conducting research. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), he also serves in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership in the College of Education. In addition to his teaching duties, he oversees more than 15 clinical outpatient services and grant projects at the Burkhart Center and conducts research related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He has spent more than 19 years in special education and clinical practice, working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages across school, clinic, home, community and residential treatment settings.  His primary areas of research are social skills, relationship development, and successful life outcomes for adolescents and young adults with autism, as well as the preparation of teachers and other professionals to work successfully with individuals on the spectrum. Dr. Dotson earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 and his master's degree (2007) in applied behavioral science and doctorate (2010) in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas. 

Pharmacy, pharmacy practice, COVID-19, Coronavirus, coronavirus vaccine, COVID-19 Vaccine

Bennett Doughty, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University, has been featured in Fast Company, Yahoo News and other publications for his insight into the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly the importance of community pharmacies in delivering the vaccine to rural Americans. His research interests primarily focus on the engagement of patients in substance use disorder treatment, particularly within the opioid epidemic. Current projects examine the integration of opioid use disorder treatment into primary care settings, patient preferences in deciding treatment as well as increasing treatment options in rural communities. 

youth development , Equity, emotional learning

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., became the director of Open Circle in 2017. She initially joined Open Circle in 2013, where she led the organization’s teacher development programming for four years, preparing educators to implement and integrate the Open Circle Curriculum in their classrooms. In that role, she delivered training and coaching to teachers, administrators, and support staff while upholding the integrity, quality, and fidelity of all elements of Open Circle’s programming. Drummond-Forrester is also a facilitator with the National SEED Project, a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), and has led WCW community members in discussions around various topics surrounding equity and diversity.

Prior to joining Open Circle, Drummond-Forrester was a co-founder and director of wellness at a Boston charter school and director of an award-winning, educationally-based reentry program at Suffolk County House of Correction. Her professional experiences have fueled her passion for social and emotional learning (SEL), equity, and youth development, affording her unique insight into the importance of SEL in the lives of children and the adults who care for them.

Drummond-Forrester is attuned to the changing landscape of education and, in her new role with Open Circle, intends to work collaboratively with her colleagues to provide curricula, professional development, and implementation support that keeps the wellbeing of students at the center while meeting the needs of schools and educators.

Darrell Duffie, PhD

The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Banking, Financial Stability, Credit Risk, Financial Markets, Security Design, Financial Innovation

Darrell Duffie is the The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a fellow and member of the Council of the Econometric Society, a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Duffie was the 2009 president of the American Finance Association. In 2014, he chaired the Market Participants Group, charged by the Financial Stability Board with recommending reforms to Libor, Euribor, and other interest rate benchmarks. Duffie’s recent books include How Big Banks Fail (Princeton University Press, 2010), Measuring Corporate Default Risk (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Dark Markets (Princeton University Press, 2012).

Darrell Duffie’s research interests include over-the-counter markets, banking, financial stability, credit risk, valuation and hedging of derivative securities, financial market infrastructure, the term structure of interest rates, financial innovation, security design, and market design.

Juan Antonio Dumois, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases

Dr. Dumois is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He joined the Hospital in 1993. He helps treat children with a variety of infectious diseases and is the director of our International Adoption Clinic. 

Dr. Dumois received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at All Children's Hospital/USF, serving as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., in a joint program with the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Physician of the Year Clinical Award in 2016.

He plays an active role in continuing medical education, chairing the Planning Committee for the annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference and weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Dumois is board certified in pediatric infectious diseases. He has received the USF Pediatric Attending Teacher of the Year Award and has been included in Best Doctors in America for more than a decade.

Timothy Dunn, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Salisbury University

Sociology, sociology and politics, Immigration, Security, Human Rights, Criminal Justice, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Development, Border Studies

Dr. Timothy Dunn, Salisbury University professor of sociology, has conducted extensive research into U.S.-Mexico border security, resulting in two books: The Militarization of the U.S. Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low-Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home and Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement. He also co-edited The Handbook of Human Security, Borders and Migration. In addition, Dunn has studied Latinx immigration on the Delmarva Peninsula. He has been featured on multiple national media platforms including National Public Radio’s Radiolab.

Rebecca Dutch, PhD

Professor - Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

University of Kentucky

Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Virology

Dr. Rebecca Ellis Dutch is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular and
Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky, and currently leads the COVID-19
Unified Research Experts Alliance team focused on biomedical and clinical issues related to
the pandemic for the university. Becky received a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in
Microbiology from Michigan State University in 1986. As a Churchill Scholar, she then
completed a M.Phil. degree in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, focusing on plant
biochemistry. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University in 1994,
working with Dr. I. Robert Lehman on recombination in herpes simplex virus. Becky then
moved to studies of viral glycoproteins in RNA viruses for her postdoctoral training at
Northwestern University/HHMI with Dr. Robert Lamb. She joined the faculty of the University
of Kentucky in 2000. Her research, which has resulted in continuous NIH funding since 2001
and numerous other grants, manuscripts, and presentations focuses on emerging RNA
viruses, with a particular emphasis on viral entry, assembly, and spread.  Dr. Dutch was a
2015-2016 University Research Professor in recognition of her outstanding research efforts.
Dr. Dutch teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level and has twice been named
a finalist for the Provost’s Outstanding Teacher award. She is also highly committed to the
training and mentoring of young scientists and has served as the primary mentor for 19
Ph.D. students, 4 MD/Ph.D. students, five postdoctoral scholars, and 28 undergraduate
researchers. Dr. Dutch is an editor for Journal of Virology (where she also serves as the
Spotlight editor), Plos Pathogens, and mSphere. She has been a member of numerous grant
review panels, including serving as a standing member of the NIH VIRB and MID study
sections. She also served as the elected President of the American Society for Virology from

Yury Dvorkin, PhD

Assistant Professor and Goddard Junior Faculty Fellow

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

algorithmic solutions, intermittent generation, Demand Response, smart appliances, Cyberinfrastructure

Yury is an Assistant Professor and Goddard Junior Faculty Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering with an affiliated appointment at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.

Moscow Power Engineering Inst. 2011
B.S., Electrical Engineering

University of Washington 2016
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Jason R. Dwyer, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry

University of Rhode Island

Chemistry, Nanoscience, Biophysical Chemistry, materials science

In the quest for molecular-level information, molecular-scale tools are a powerful and desirable scientific goal. Our research program is centered on development of a new class of nanofabricated devices based on nanopores.

In its simplest form, a nanopore is nothing more than a molecular-sized hole in an insulating membrane. Yet even in this configuration, it is cable of being used to detect and manipulate single molecules. With careful device engineering, it is possible to create powerful sensors for the detection of disease biomarkers at low levels early in the onset of disease or of trace amounts of toxins -- to name two targets. Configured differently, nanopore-based devices can be used to probe intermolecular interactions that underpin biological function -- ranging from testing new pharmaceutical drug candidates to exploring the fundamental biophysics governing processes such as antibody-antigen recognition.

Our research is focused on conceiving, fabricating and optimizing the nanopore devices that will make possible these challenging goals.

Research Interests include:

How do molecules work, and how can we better put them to work for us? Bioanalytical, biophysical, & materials chemistry and nanoscience.

Rebecca Edelmayer, PhD

Director, Scientific Engagement

Alzheimer's Association

medical pharmacology, Neuropharmacology, pain neurobiology, inflammatory skin pathology

Dr. Edelmayer leads efforts to accelerate the scientific agenda of the Alzheimer’s Association through the creation and delivery of ongoing research education. She engages with more than 75 Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the country, ensuring that staff and the public are aware of the importance of medical research and the Association’s crucial role in advancing research to improve the lives of individuals living with dementia and their care partners. In addition, Dr. Edelmayer manages initiatives uniting researchers and clinicians with leaders of industry, regulatory agencies and the government on topics related to blood-based biomarker testing, use of digital health technologies and biotech approaches in studying dementia.

Dr. Edelmayer has over 17 years of experience as a practicing scientist and educator. She spent more than six years as a pharmacologist in the Neuroscience and Immunology Discovery Divisions at Abbott and AbbVie, where she was recognized as an emerging scientific leader. As a senior scientist, she led a digital pathology team, conducted research and supported the development of clinical therapeutics in chronic inflammatory diseases of the nervous system and the skin. Dr. Edelmayer has lectured, published and led collaborations in areas of neurophysiology, inflammatory skin pathology and pain neurobiology.

She completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in medical pharmacology with a focus on neuropharmacology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Edelmayer holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also completed a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship. 

Stephen Edge, MD

Vice President for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Surgery, Surgery, cancer incidence, Health Care Delivery, Health Care Outcomes

Vice President for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Breast cancer, breast cancer surgery, cancer incidence, health care delivery, measuring quality of health care, health care outcomes

Micah J. Eimer, MD

Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Medicine

Cardiolgy, Cardiovascular Disease, Sports Cardiology, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Eimer received a doctor of medicine from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1998. He completed an internship at University of Chicago in 1999. Dr. Eimer’s residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease were completed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 2001 and 2006. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease.

Scotus, Supreme Court, criminal law, Constitution, Federal Courts

Epps is a nationally recognized expert on the Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Epps focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure – and his scholarly approach draws upon history, philosophy, political science and economics. His research analyzes the criminal justice system using the tools and insights of structural public law and institutional design; he also researches and writes about constitutional theory and federal courts. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the NYU Law Review, and his writing for popular audiences has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Vox and The Atlantic.