Research Team

CNI believes in clinical research as a means to advance medical discovery in acute and chronic neurological diseases.  By engaging in clinical research, we can offer experimental medications, devices and therapies to patients before they are available to the public, and provide extra attention to the sickest patients.  Our research team includes our Associate physicians who are outstanding Neuroscientists in their field, Swedish Medical Center, HealthOne and a network of dedicated non-neuroscientists and vendors. To learn more about CNI’s staff, please click on individual profiles below.


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Sara Hanrahan, PhD
Category:Research
Emailshanrahan@thecni.org
Investigator Scientist: Sara Hanrahan completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. She studied the effects of anesthesia on neural activity and examined neural activity during hand and arm movements for the development of a neural prosthesis. As an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, Sara examined changes in neural activity during recovery from traumatic brain injury. At the CNI, Sara analyzes neural activity and behavioral data obtained from patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to gain knowledge of disorder pathology, treatment and rehabilitation.
Nicole Martens
Category:Research
Emailnmartens@thecni.org
Clinical Research Coordinator: Nicole graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Biology and she is trained as an EMT. In her role as Clinical Research Coordinator at CNI, she is passionate about addressing the need for a greater understanding of neurological conditions. Previous to joining CNI, Nicole worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver as a Residential Counselor. As a Denver native, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping and anything in the great outdoors.
Joshua Nedrud, MS
Category:Research
Emailjnedrud@thecni.org
Investigator Scientist: Joshua completed his masters in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2011, studying the influence of the large filamentous protein titin on muscle relaxation, specifically, diastolic filling of the heart. He specialized in advanced imaging techniques and data acquisition timing at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory during his time between undergraduate and graduate training. Joshua joined CNI  in 2012 and is involved in advanced medical imaging and studying the correlation of neural activity and behavioral data obtained from patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to gain knowledge of disorder pathology, treatment and rehabilitation.
Alicia Novak, PhD, MBA
Category:Research
Emailanovak@thecni.org
Director of Research: Alicia joined CNI in May of 2012, contributing a wealth of knowledge, which she attained working as a Neuroscience Research Scientist for more than 20 years. Her professional experience includes management of research laboratories, as well as the oversight of both basic and clinical research projects. Previous to partnering with CNI, Alicia served as the Supervisor of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory at Swedish Medical Center. There she focused on molecular mechanisms involved in stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her impressive research background has been a significant asset to CNI. Already, CNI's research program has grown by leaps and bounds. We strongly believe that with Alicia's guidance and expertise, we can continuously achieve new levels of success.  Alicia enjoys running marathons and hiking fourteener’s in her spare time as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Judith Stucky, MA, LPC
Category:Research
Emailjstucky@thecni.org
Research Manager: Judith Stucky has been with CNI since 2002, and she has been employed in the medical field since 1985, holding positions in research, technology and client services. Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and General Science, as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling. Judith has also been a Nationally Certified Counselor since 2002 and a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006.