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Candace L. Floyd, PhD


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Jacob Anthony George, PhD


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Abbie Paxman

Abbie Paxman, M.S.

Pre-Award Research Manager

Abbie joined the University of Utah in 2003 after receiving her MS in Quantitative Economics from the University of Colorado.   She has extensive experience overseeing operations and strategic planning, generating new research revenue, and providing financial management for the research enterprise.  In her current role as Pre-Award Research Manager, Abbie primarily focuses on grant & contract preparation and management.  She is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment and enjoys expanding her knowledge of PM&R research.

abbie.paxman@hsc.utah.edu

Maria Maloney

Maria Maloney

Clinical Research Manager

Maria Maloney joined PM&R research in the summer 2022. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.  In Utah, Maria served nearly 17 years as study coordinator and over 6 years negotiating contracts.  In Ohio, she earned a master’s degree at Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. Maria believes meeting new patients and learning from research volunteers continues to be the best parts of her job. She wants to thank countless patients who strive to advance science through medical research.

Maria.Maloney@hsc.utah.edu

801-585-2800

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David Aldridge

Research Accounting and Finance Manager

David has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare revenue cycle. David joined the University in 2008 as a billing specialist with University Medical Billing. Through his years of working for the University he has been able to utilize his skillsets in coding, billing and financials to help advance division and department goals. David joined our team after serving as the FDA specialist for Compliance Services Clinical Research Compliance & Education department. When not working, Dave enjoys cheering on the Utah Utes football team and spending time outdoors with his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

David.aldridge@hsc.utah.edu

Shellie Cunningham

Shellie Cunningham, BS

Regulatory Coordinator

Clinical Research Coordinator in the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation under the direction of Dr. Zachary McCormick. Dr. McCormick’s work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygapophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. Our research projects shadow these diagnosis enabling us to determine most efficient treatments for our patient population.

shellie.cunningham@hsc.utah.edu

Madelaine Littell

Madelaine Littell

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

Madelaine is currently a student at the University of Utah, working on her undergraduate degree in Economics with plans to pursue a graduate degree in Biostatistics. She is a study coordinator in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division, working with Dr. Zachary McCormick on research for the treatment of spine and knee pain. She enjoys drawing, yoga, and reading in her free time.

madelaine.littell@hsc.utah.edu

801-587-1436

Heidi Hansen

Heidi Hansen

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

Heidi is a certified Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of the University of Utah. Heidi assists and coordinates the implementation, quality control and completion of research studies while assisting the Principal Investigator in determining and accomplishing study objectives. Oversees research studies in an administrative and operational capacity while maintaining compliance with guidelines set by governing agencies. Currently working with Principle Investigators in the following areas: Amputee Rehabilitation, Stroke Rehabilitation , Muscle Spasticity, Traumatic Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Psychology, Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences, Musculoskeletal/Spine Rehabilitation and Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness. In her spare time she likes to run, bike, hike and make delicious meals, entertain and spend time with family.

Heidi.Hansen@hsc.utah.edu

Heather Littell

Heather Littell

Study Coordinator

Heather has worked in the medical field for over 30 years, starting as a Medical Assistant. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and has worked in the clinical research field for 14 years. Previous pharmaceutical trial experience includes treatments for diabetes, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, women’s health, men’s health and various vaccine trials including anthrax, dengue, chikungunya and more recently COVID-19. Heather is a study coordinator in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division. She works with Dr. Zachary McCormick and his team on research for the treatment of spine and knee pain. Heather has an associate degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design. She enjoys making cold-process soap, reading, drawing, coding and playing with her grandkids.

Heather.Littell@hsc.utah.edu

Erica Duenes

Erica Duenes

Study Coordinator

Erica joined the team in 2021 after graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Pediatric Clinical Research. She volunteered with the PM&R Research team during her undergrad, and jumped at the opportunity to take on a more permanent role on the team after graduation.

erica.duenes@hsc.utah.edu

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson

Orthopaedic Study Coordinator

Luke joined our team in June 2022. Luke grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and graduated from the University of Utah in the spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, minoring in nutrition. Luke has held multiple roles within the University of Utah Health systems, previously working as an HCA in the Emergency Department and also as a Patient Relations Specialist at the Snowbird Medical Clinic. Luke currently works with providers in both PM&R and Orthopaedics, including Dr. Cushman, Dr. Petron, Dr. Provance, and Dr. Willick. Some of his work includes studying innovative arthritis treatments, sports epidemiology and sports injury prevention. In his free time Luke loves skiing, sending time on the lake, and camping. 

Luke.a.johnson@hsc.utah.edu

Tou Xiong

Tou Xiong

Study Coordinator

Tou Xiong graduated from Brigham Young University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health.  He plans to continue his education and achieve a Master's Degree in public health. He worked as a phlebotomist at the University of Utah before transitioning over to become a study coordinator in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department.  He works with Dr. Taylor Burnham in the Farmington Clinic. When he has free time, Tou enjoys the outdoors, such as fishing, hiking, and walking. He loves playing volleyball. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.

u6041732@utah.edu