Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) oversees all grants both external and internal in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from the initial application through the close-out process.

Office of Research Administration Faculty and Staff


Emily Barrett

Emily S. Barrett, PhD

Assistant Professor
Co-Director of ORA
(585) 275-9187
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Emily S. Barrett is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and co-director of the Office of Research Administration. Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on how environmental exposures across the life course affect reproductive function. Dr. Barrett first became interested in this topic during her doctoral work in Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, where her dissertation focused on understand variation in women’s ovarian function. She has since expanded her work to examine how endocrine-disrupting exposures, including environmental chemicals and stress, may impact reproductive development. To that end, she has worked on several large pregnancy cohort studies including the National Children’s Study and the multi-center The Infant Development and the Environment Study (TIDES). She is also principal investigator of several smaller studies including the Environmental Chemicals, Hormones, and the Ovary (ECHO) Study. Dr. Barrett is a scholar in URMC’s NIH-funded Women’s Health and the Environment over the Entire Lifespan (WHEEL) program.

Rebecca Rowley

Rebecca A. Rowley, MS

Research Administrator
Co-Director of ORA
(585) 275-9182
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Rebecca A. Rowley, MS is the Research Administrator for the department and co-director of the Office of Research Administration. Trained as a Biochemist, she recently completed her Masters degree at the Simon School. She facilitates the grant process for all Ob/Gyn faculty from the first spark of an idea to the final document hand-off to the sponsor. She is enthusiastic about finding funding for all faculty interested in research. She is also responsible for the post-award management of grants, contracts, and clinical studies. Please feel free to stop by or call if you have any questions or concerns.

ORA Team Members

Sarah Caveglia

Sarah CavegliaStudy Coordinator

Sarah Caveglia is a study coordinator for Dr. David Foster and Dr. Adrienne Bonham’s research on vulvodynia and pelvic pain.  She is responsible for recruitment and management of several clinical trials related to pelvic pain.  Prior to her work with pelvic pain patients, she served as a study coordinator for Dr. Pressman and Dr. O’Brien’s study on the iron status of women carrying multiples.  She has a bachelors in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is nearing completion of her MPH from the University of Rochester.  

Ken Edell

Ken Edell

Database Administrator

Ken Edell is the Database Administrator for the department.  He has been with the OB/GYN department for nine years and is responsible for managing the birth-related databases which are used for quality assessment and research purposes. 



Heather Fiore

Heather Fiore, RD, MSEd

Study Coordinator

Heather Fiore, RD, MS Ed is a Study Coordinator for TIDES at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Study Center.  She is responsible for managing the research study along with Lynda Kochman and Erin Driscoll-Brantley.  Heather will follow up and communicate with women and infants who are participating in the study.  Heather is a Registered Dietitian.  She completed her Nutrition/Dietetics training at Cornell University and also holds a Masters of Health Education from SUNY Brockport.  In addition her position on the TIDES team, she works as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist in the Children’s Diabetes Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. 

Shaya GreathouseShaya Greathouse

Study Recruiter

Shaya Greathouse holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Eastman School of Music. During her studies, she became interested in research and participated as a study assistant in a variety of projects. In her current position, Shaya enrolls patients at the Women's Health Center at Lattimore Road in a wide variety of studies related to women's health.


Meghan GoodwinMeghan Goodwin

Research Staff Accountant

Meghan Goodwin is the Staff Accountant for ORA and has been working in this position since August 2013. She is also taking classes part time at Simon and plans to graduate with a MBA in Spring of 2015. In her free time Meghan also likes to play volleyball and soccer.



Lynda Kochman

Lynda Kochman, RN

Study Coordinator

Lynda Kochman, RN, CRCC is an experienced clinical coordinator of research studies in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has recruited regionally and coordinated numerous pediatric vaccine trials in the Rochester area since 1985. She joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2001 and has served as the regional site coordinator for several multi-site studies in the Department of OB/GYN. She brings 25 years of experience in study subject recruitment, subject follow-up and cross-site collaboration to the Rochester site. Research coordinating responsibilities include coordinating the recruitment, planning, implementation, on-going conduct, and documentation of clinical research trials sponsored by industry, government and private organizations. Supervision of staff assisting with study. Maintaining SOP’s, data quality and regulatory compliance. Lynda is a registered nurse. She received her nursing degree in Montreal, Canada where she is from originally. She received her certification in clinical research coordinating (CCRC) in 2001. Lynda moved to Rochester in 1979 with her husband where they raised their three now grown children.

Divya KumarDivya Kumar, MPH

Study Coordinator

Divya Kumar, MPH is the study coordinator for the Global Endometrial Ablation study conducted by Dr. Bala Bhagavath.  She recently completed her Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester and has a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of work she enjoys traveling as much as possible.


Melissa MillerMelissa A. Miller, MPH

Study Coordinator

Melissa Miller, MPH is the coordinator for Dr. Pressman and Dr. O’Brien’s study on vitamin D status and it’s impact on inflammation and risk of infection during pregnancy. Melissa received her master’s in public health from Drexel University in 2010 after completing a B.S. in psychology and rhetoric at SUNY Brockport. She was first exposed to the world of research in a research methods class in undergrad and has since been involved in research in one way or another. While at Drexel Melissa was involved in many research projects, including her own thesis that examined teens’ use of the internet for sexual health information and a large NIH funded project that assessed children’s health in relationship to federal assistance programs. 

Rick Stahlhut

Richard Stahlhut, MD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor

Rick Stahlhut, MD, MPH is Research Assistant Professor in the department and board-certified in preventive medicine. Formerly a medical informatics practitioner and educator, Rick now uses his data skills to investigate how exposures to common chemicals may be contributing to the epidemics of diabetes and obesity.


Links and Tips for Researchers

ORPA's Presentation on the NIH Form Changes
This document should be used as a reference and is not a replacement for reading the form instructions.  

Three Easy Steps for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

Grantsmanship Presentation

How NOT to get funded

Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA)

Research Subjects Review Board (RSRB)

Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application (NIAID)