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, 4 non-psychiatrist psychological raters, 2 non-psychiatrist safety physicians, and 13 research coordinators.

PHYSICIANS

Daniel Rutrick, MD

ADULT PSYCHIATRIST

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

INTERNIST

Dyanna Phillips Domilici, MD

ADULT PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Domilici is board-certified in adult psychiatry. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed psychiatric residency training at Harvard Longwood. After residency, she joined the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and became the medical director of their psychiatric inpatient unit. Until November 2017 she served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Newton Wellesley Hospital, where she also developed and directed the Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service. In 2017 she became an attending psychiatrist at Tewksbury State Hospital and participated in the hospital’s strategic planning and on their rec-certification team for Massachusetts’ Department of Mental Health Joint Commission review.

Jonathan Stein, MD

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

PSYCHOLOGICAL RATERS

Colin Sauder, PhD

Scientific Director

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.

Jenicka Engler, PsyD

Head of Enrollment

Dr. Engler oversees participant recruitment and administers psychiatric ratings scales and assessments at Adams. She completed her doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University in Manhattan, clinical internship at Community Services Institute in Boston, and a two-year postdoctoral pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at the Beacon Assessment Center in North Andover, MA where she completed specialized training in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Engler currently serves as Member-At-Large and Professional Affairs Committee Liaison for the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society.

AnnaMarie Vu, PhD

Clinical Scientist

Dr. Vu conducts psychiatric rating scales and analyzes Adams’ site-level data. She completed her Psychology PhD at the University of Minnesota as a member of the Stress and Trauma Lab and Health Communications Lab. While there, Dr. Vu led the lab’s first RCT using a popular mHealth app and co-designed within-app assessment components for the active control. Dr. Vu completed her Psychology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She has specialized training in memory, severe mental illness, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Vu is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Miriam Evans, PhD

Clinical Scientist

As a clinical scientist, Dr. Evans performs psychiatric assessments and conducts clinician inter-rater reliability training and assessment. Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and completed a fellowship in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Adams, Dr. Evans’ research focused on psychosocial interventions to improve mental health outcomes for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders.

STUDY COORDINATORS

Lauren Johnson

Coordinator

Lauren graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2016 with a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience and a minor in chemistry.  She is currently pursuing her masters of science in medical sciences at Boston University and hopes to pursue a career in research.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking and exploring the city.

Dillon Whiting

Coordinator

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.

Anna Smokovich

Coordinator

Anna Smokovich coordinates Adams’ depression studies of medications administered intranasally. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s of science in public health and a minor in psychology. She is planning on pursuing a master’s degree in public health. In her spare time she writes a food blog and spends time outdoors.

Serena Marecki

Coordinator

Serena Marecki graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is considering graduate studies in clinical psychology where her interests lie in the sociocognitive benefits of physical activity. In her free time, Serena enjoys running and studying languages.

Glenn Robison

Coordinator

Glenn coordinates Adams’ studies on rapid-acting investigational products to treat depression. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and a minor in computer science. She is planning to pursue a career in medicine. In her free time, she likes to cook.

Daniel Thorpe, MS

Coordinator

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.

Hannah Tucker

Coordinator

Hannah graduated from Cornell University in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in psychology. She is considering graduate studies in psychology and plans to pursue a career in research. In her free time, Hannah enjoys rock climbing and baking.

Allison Aghjayan

Coordinator

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

Coordinator

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.