Leadership Team

Jamshid Ghajar

Jamshid Ghajar MD, Ph.D., FACS, is a board certified neurosurgeon, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, and President of the Brain Trauma Foundation in Campbell, CA. The mission of the BTF is to improve the outcome of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). He joined the neurosurgery faculty at Stanford in February 2014.

Jessica Little

Jessica A. Little Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Director of Clinical Research and Operations at the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center. She is responsible for study start-up, hiring and mentoring research staff, clinical training of the research staff, and all day-to-day activities at the SCBPC. She is also a primary contributor to the writing of research grants and proposals.


Research Coordination Staff

Xinran Dhaliwal

Project Manager

MPH, Health Care Management

B.S. in Neuroscience

Greg Disse

B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in French

Ankita Dubey

Athletics Research Lead Coordinator

B.S. in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior

Namasvi Jariwala

M.A. in Clinical Psychology
B.A. in Psychology

Peter MacIver    

B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology


Bill Thomsen   

B.S. in Biology

Research Coordination Team Alumni

Many of our prior research coordinators have taken the experience they gained in our Center to successfully apply to medical school or other graduate education programs.

Brian Tang

Clinical Research Coordinator, 2014-2016 
Currently attending Georgia State University for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Connie Ju

Clinical Research Coordinator, 2014-2015
Currently attending Case Western Reserve University Medical School

Alexis Kleiman

Clinical Research Coordinator, 2015-2016
Currently attending UT Austin for a dual masters in Social Work and Public Health

Vincent Dodson

Clinical Research Coordinator, 2014-2015
Currently attending Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Jake Hartley

Clinic Research Coordinator, 2014-2016
Currently teaching English to primary school students in Madrid, Spain, with an interest in applying to graduate school

Jan van Merkensteijn

Summer Intern 2014, 2015, 2016
Currently attending Boston College to complete his undergratuate degree

Teshie Bronk

2015 Summer Intern
Currently attending Menlo High School

Gabriella Kaplan

2015 Summer Intern
Currently attending Harvard University to complete her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Human Biology

Brock Salzman

2015 Summer Intern
Currently attending Sacred Heart Preparatory High School

Contact Us:

Tel: (650) 497-7045

Email: braincenter@stanford.edu

Administrative Associate


Falene Garcia

Tel: (650) 498-1482

Email: Falene@stanford.edu