Michelle Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research
Michelle Chen, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Yeshiva University in 2019. She studies cognitive and mobility functions of individuals with multiple sclerosis. She is...

Martinelli Victor Valcin

Research Assistant

Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research
Martinelli, a recent graduate of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, joined Kessler Foundation as a Research Assistant in 2019. While working to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, he has volunteered at institutions like Boston Children’s Hospital and participated in research...

Jacqueline Leddy

Research Assistant 

Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research
Jacqueline joined Kessler Foundation as a Research Assistant in 2019. Before coming to Kessler, she was a Research Assistant in 3 labs at William Paterson University. In the Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Psychotherapy Lab, she worked on a study looking at the impact of yoga practice...

Preventing Memory Loss


June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. A unique research study at Kessler Foundation, made possible by donors like you, seeks ways to prevent memory loss and reverse impairments for those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Approximately 40 percent of people aged 65 and

April is National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. Some of the efforts by scientists in Kessler Foundation’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, Center for Outcomes & Assessment Research, and Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, focus on studying how minorities with disabilities are affected and not properly accommodated for in their communities, at their jobs, and other areas.

“We study how to improve quality of life for individuals from all races and cultures,” says John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for research and training. “We also focus on ways to enroll more people from minority groups in research studies. Having greater diversity in our study populations means our findings apply to more people with disabilities.”

Celebrating Women at Kessler Foundation

We are proud to say 70% of Kessler Foundation staff are women. As an organization, we embrace efforts to identify and leverage the authentic leadership strengths that women bring to the equation. To celebrate women at Kessler Foundation, we highlight three out of our many deserving employees, each