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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Dr. Barrett's research focuses on how early environmental exposures affect female reproductive development. Dr. Barrett first became interested this topic during her doctoral work in Biological Anthropology at Harvard University. Her dissertation focused on understanding variation in reproductive function, particularly ovarian hormone levels, in relation to ecological factors including prenatal environment. She has since expanded her work to examine how prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals can shape subsequent 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). Most recently, Dr. Barrett has become a BIRCWH Scholar and will investigate these issues in several large existing cohorts including TIDES, the Study for Future Families, and the Women’s Reproductive Health Study (WRHS) and hopes to recruit for a new small-scale study as well.

Rebecca Rowley

Rebecca A. Rowley, MS

Research Administrator
Co-Director of ORA
(585) 275-9182
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Rebecca Rowley is the Research Administrator for the department. Trained as a Biochemist, she has spent the last few years working in various academic support positions and recently completed her Master's degree in medical management 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

Study Coordinator
Sarah Caveglia is the primary study coordinator for the study of iron in pregnancies with multiples under Eva Pressman.

Lauren Cowen

Study Coordinator
Lauren Cowen is the primary study coordinator for the study of Vitamin D and Infection in very young mothers through the RAMP clinic.

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 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 Goodwin

Research Staff Accountant

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.

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)