Clinical Research Staff

Scott_Aaronson.jpgScott T. Aaronson, M.D.

Director of Department of Clinical Research Programs, Sheppard Pratt Health System
Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Services, Sheppard Pratt Health System
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Scott Aaronson is dedicated to the development of medications, devices, and genetic tests for the treatment of illnesses across the spectrum of psychiatric disorders, particularly difficult to treat mood disorders. As principal investigator, Dr. Aaronson studies various phases of affective illness and dementia. He has also been involved with the development of new strategies, both pharmacologic and device-based, to alleviate the symptoms in treatment resistant mood disorders. A valued member of the Sheppard Pratt Health System community, Dr. Aaronson provides expert consultation across the health system for patients with difficult to treat mood disorders.

Board-certified in psychiatry, Dr. Aaronson is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Psychiatrists, the Maryland Psychiatric Society (former president), and the American Psychiatric Association (distinguished fellow). He also is chairman of the Data Safety and Management Board for the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Dr. Aaronson has published numerous articles on his research in mood disorders and contributed a chapter to a book published in 2014 on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation by Oxford University Press. He earned his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA., and completed a residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.

Jen_Sklar.JPGJennifer Sklar, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Clinical Research Programs, Sheppard Pratt Health System

Jennifer Sklar has worked with Dr. Aaronson in the Department of Clinical Research Programs at Sheppard Pratt since 2002. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from Towson University and a master’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in clinical research administration, Jennifer has had extensive experience coordinating clinical trials using both pharmaceuticals and neuromodulation devices. A part of the Department for Clinical Research Programs since its inception, Jennifer has come to truly enjoy the many facets of drug/device development for the treatment of mental disorders. Specifically, Jennifer finds it very meaningful to be involved in the process of testing new treatments and eventually seeing some come to market.

Marylu_Ortiz.JPGMarylu Ortiz

Assistant Research Project Coordinator, Department of Clinical Research Programs, Sheppard Pratt Health System

Marylu Ortiz has been with the Sheppard Pratt Health System since 2015. Prior to transitioning to her role as an Assistant Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Clinical Research, Marylu worked as a Mental Health Worker for The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Marylu finds her involvement in coordinating study visits and data management purposeful in the development of new treatments for mental illness. 

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