Our Investigators

Adams Clinical conducts psychiatric clinical research with a focus on testing treatments for mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders for all age groups in Phase II and III trials. Adams has 2 psychiatrists, 2 non-psychiatrist psychological raters, 2 non-psychiatrist safety physicians, and 13 research coordinators.


Daniel Rutrick, MD


Dr. Rutrick is board-certified in adult psychiatry. He graduated from and began his residency training in SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Rutrick was a chief resident at Harvard Medical School, where he also became a clinical fellow and the assistant clinical director of in-patient psychiatry at Mount Auburn Hospital. He has led a psychopharmacological and psychotherapy practice involving several psychologicals and nurse practitioners for almost forty years. He has led specialized treatment programs for chronic pain, smoking addiction, and opioid addiction. Dr. Rutrick is the medical director at Adams Clinical and has been the principal investigator on about 40 clinical trials in psychiatry. He performs research in all indications within psychiatry–and within all age groups–with the exception of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. He specializes in mood and substance use disorders.

David Cancian, MD


Michael Marcus, MD


Dr. Marcus is board-certified in adult psychiatry and child psychiatry.  He graduated from medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He was a post-doc intern at New York Medical College and a fellow in medicine in Nepal as part of the Smith, Kline, and French Medical Fellowship.  He had his residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, was a fellow in psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and was a fellow in child psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.  He became a clinical fellow in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School immediately prior to starting his own medical practice in 1976.  He has lead a child and adult psychiatry practice there for almost forty years.  Dr. Marcus performs psychiatric rating scales and consults with Adams Clinical on all aspects of our trials that involve adult and child subjects.  He also serves as back-up to Dr. Rutrick on all trials.

Jonathan Stein, MD



Colin Sauder, PhD

Scientific Director, Psychological Rater

In his role as Scientific Director, Dr. Sauder analyzes Adams’ site-level data and oversees the development of new research procedures. He also directs participant recruitment and performs psychiatric assessments. His focus is the identification of site factors that predict subject dropout and placebo response. Prior to coming to Adams, Dr. Sauder’s research focused on identifying neurobiological markers of treatment response in pediatric depression and ADHD. Dr. Sauder completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, and he later served as an Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio.

Athena Yoneda, PhD

Psychological Rater

Dr. Yoneda performs psychiatric assessments and administers rating scales at Adams. She completed her doctoral training at Stony Brook University in New York and received her PhD in clinical psychology in 2010, after completing an APA-accredited internship at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System and National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands. Prior to joining Adams, Dr. Yoneda worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, primarily treating Veterans with PTSD. Her research and clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of PTSD in culturally diverse populations, conducting therapy via clinical videotelehealth, and working with traditionally underserved populations. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog and reading.


Monica Alves, MS


Monica Alves coordinates Adams’ studies on rapid-acting investigational products to treat depression. She graduated from Simmons College in 2016 with a bachelor’s of science in Environmental Science and from King’s College in 2017 with a master’s of science in Water Science and Governance.  In her spare time she bikes across Boston in search of good food.

Dillon Whiting


Dillon Whiting coordinates Adams’ adult depression studies of medications administered intravenously. He graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry. He plans on a career in the pharmaceutical industry and is training to transition into a full-time monitoring or audit role. Outside of work, Dillon enjoys being outdoors and exercising.

Maria Lavallee


Maria Lavallee coordinates Adams’ pediatric trials and assists on Adams’ adult depression programs.  She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences.  She is planning on pursuing a master’s in business administration and a master’s in public health.  In her free time, Maria likes to paint.

Louis Arens


Loius Arens coordinates eating disorder studies at ACT. He graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University in 2015 with a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience. He is planning to attend medical school.

Morgan Jordan


Morgan Jordan coordinates Adams’ placebo-controlled treatment-resistant depression studies. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2016, where she majored in Biology and International Relations with a Concentration in Global Health. Morgan is an aspiring physician, and she is currently applying to medical school.

Daniel Thorpe, MS


Daniel Thorpe coordinates Adams’ depression studies of medications administered intranasally.  He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2012 with a bachelor’s of science in Biology, and from Harvard University in 2014 with a master’s of science in Environmental Engineering.  In his spare time he does research on the ways people form beliefs about politically charged issues like climate change and gun control.  He also likes to run, hike, and meditate.

Jessie Birnbaum


Jessie Birnbaum coordinates Adams’ pediatric studies. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017 with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minor in psychology.  Jessie is an aspiring doctor and is applying to medical school.

Allison Aghjayan


Allison Aghjayan coordinates Adams’ studies on rapid-acting investigational products to treat depression. She graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a bachelor’s of science in Latin and in neuroscience and behavior biology.  She is an aspiring physician.

Ray Nguyen


Raymond Nguyen coordinates Adams’ studies on rapid-acting investigational products to treat depression.  He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and a minor in chemistry.  He is planning to attend medical school.

Jake Shafran


Glenn Robison


Hagen Puller


Anna Smokovich


Upcoming Events

Meet the team at upcoming events

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    CROWN Congress,
    January 22 – January 23

    Philadelphia, PA