Research Institute

Executive Profiles

Dr. Howard Hassman

Dr. Howard Hassman
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Howard Hassman, DO is the Chief Scientific Officer at Hassman Research Institute. He is board certified in family practice and received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Hassman completed his Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, working collaboratively with Karl Rickles, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and President of the Private Practice Research Group. His undergraduate degree is from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Hassman combines his experience as a physician, expertise in psychopharmacology and decades of experience as an investigator to improving the quality of lives for his patients.

Dr. Hassman has been a frequent presenter at both national and regional meetings of the CNS Summit, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry, Schizophrenia International Research Society and the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology. He also serves on several local Advisory and Internal Review Boards. Dr. Hassman’s affinity for vulnerable members of society and compassion for his community awarded him the Devereux Leadership Award and Outstanding Efforts in the Healthcare Community San Diego Awards.

 

Steve Kennedy
Dr. Larry Ereshefsky
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Early Phase Services

Larry Ereshefsky, Pharm. D, F.C.C.P, B.C.C.P is the Chief Scientific Officer for early phase development at Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Dr. Ereshefsky has more than 40 years of drug discovery and development experience including leadership roles at University of Texas Health Science and PAREXEL. IN addition to his role at HRI, Dr. Ereshefsky is the Chief Scientific Officer and Owner of Follow the Molecule: CNS Consulting LLC, in Marina del Rey, CA, as well as, Clinical Research Consultant for ProScience Research Group (PsRG) LLC, in Culver City, CA.

Since the early 1970’s, Dr. Ereshefsky has been a keynote speaker, chairman and board member of numerous professional societies. He was a founding member of: The College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP) (1995), The International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) (2005), and Foundation of the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (2011-2014). Dr. Ereshefsky is an ongoing member of societies, such as: American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology(ASCP), and Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP).

Over the last four decades, Dr. Ereshefsky has been part of 200+ Scholarly Presentations, published 200+ Research/Medical Papers/Posters, published 150+ Peer Reviewed Articles, and has published 150+ Abstracts.

 

Dr. Michael Hassman
Dr. Michael Hassman
MEDICAL DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 

Michael Hassman, DO is a Medical Director and Principal Investigator for Hassman Research Institute. Prior to HRI, he was in a similar capacity at Comprehensive Clinical Research (CCR).

Dr. Hassman is board certified in American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and is affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and Lambda Omicron Gamma National Medical Society.

Dr. Hassman, DO earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). His undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

 

Joy C. Kennedy

Joy C. Kennedy
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Joy C. Kennedy is the Chief Financial Officer for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). She has a proven record of managing the financial activities of fast-growing firms. Prior to her role at HRI, Ms. Kennedy was the Director of Finance for Computer Sciences Corporation, responsible for the financial health of multi-million dollar outsourcing engagements.

Joy has a BS Degree in Finance from Merrimack College and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maine. 

 

Steve Kennedy
Steve Kennedy
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Steve Kennedy is the Chief Operating Officer for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Steve is responsible for HRI’s strategic business outlook and the day to day business operations of the company. He has a strong track record in business operations. Prior to his role at HRI, Mr. Kennedy worked for large Information Technology (IT) companies, ATOS and CSC, where he was a Vice President and Managing Director, responsible for leading large IT outsourcing contracts.

Steve has a BA degree in Computer Science from LaSalle University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

 

Matt Stonehouse
Matt Stonehouse
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Matt Stonehouse is the Senior Director of Business Development at Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Mr. Stonehouse is responsible for the strategic new business pipeline for the company. Prior to joining HRI, he worked at PRA Health Sciences as the Account Director for Early Development Services.

He received has a BA from Midwestern State University.

 

 

PHYSICIANS, RATERS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA)

Roberta Ball, DO, MA, FACA, FACN is the lead Chief Psychiatric Director for Hassman Research Institute. Doctor Ball is board certified in Psychology and Neurology with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. She has extensive experience conducting structured clinical interviews and diagnostic evaluations on clinical trial subjects focusing on numerous mental health disorders. Dr. Ball has been conducting clinical research since 2003, during this time she has become of a member of over ten associations. She is a diplomate of numerous boards, including: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – certification in added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry, American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, The National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Additionally, over the past fifteen years, she has been part of over 45 medical publications and presentations.

Dr. Ball received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and earned her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA).
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Dr. Roberta Ball
Dr. Roberta Ball
RATER & SUB-INVESTIGATOR

 

Elan Cohen, PhD is the lead Psychometric Rater and Principal Investigator for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Since 2016, he has conducted Phase I-IV CNS and medically-focused clinical trials. Dr. Cohen, a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, joined HRI with over 17 years of robust experience providing a high standard of direct clinical care to patients living with a varierty of psychiatric disorders. His expertise also extends to psychiatric scale management services, writing clinical trial protocols, integrating regulatory compliance matters with rater training programs, and producing various scale training videos.

Further, Dr. Cohen’s research has generated multiple presentations at several international pharmaceutical conferences on such topics as placebo and nocebo effect reduction methodologies, execution of pragmatic rater training programs, electronic data capturing devices, and methodological implications of psychiatric measures within clinical trials. Dr. Cohen’s research on methodologies to reduce the placebo and nocebo effects within clinical trials continues at HRI, where he and the other HRI Science Division team members empirically investigate and present at industry conferences on this crucial topic area.

Elan has an MA from Ball State University in Counseling Psychology and his PhD from Indiana State University.

 

Dr. Elan Cohen, PhD
Dr. Elan Cohen
RATER & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 

Elissa Hassman, DO is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and Sub-Investigator for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Dr. Hassman has a degree in Ophthalmology with Cornea Fellowship Training. In addition to a Sub-Investigator at HRI, Dr. Hassman practices through Berlin Medical Associates (Berlin, NJ).

Dr. Hassman earned her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). Her undergraduate degree is from University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

 

Dr. Elissa Hassman, DO
Dr. Elissa Hassman
RATER & SUB-INVESTIGATOR

 

Larry Shusterman, DO is a Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Dr. Shusterman has over 30 years of experience as Principal Investigator, Sub-Investigator, Rater and Medical Director. He is a licensed physician in: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Dr. Shusterman joined HRI with an extensive understanding and background in Clinical Research.

Dr. Shusterman, DO earned his medical degree from Des Moines University (Des Moines, Iowa). His undergraduate degree is from Temple University, School of Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA).

 

Dr. Larry Shusterman
Dr. Larry Shusterman
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, SUB-INVESTIGATOR

 

Ashok Joseph, MD is a Rater and Sub-Investigator for Hassman Research Institute (HRI). Prior to joining HRI in 2016, Dr. Joseph worked at Comprehensive Clinical Research in Berlin, NJ as a CDR Rater, MDD and Bipolar / Spirometry Rater, as well as a Clinical Research Coordinator for over 14 years. Dr. Joseph has been a part of the clinical research industry since 1976 and has extensive experience conducting clinical trials all over the world. Throughout his time in clinical research, he has conducted Phase I-IV CNS and medically-focused clinical trials. He is a certified dietary consultant and is trained in over 50 rater scales. In addition to his many certifications and medical presentations, Dr. Joseph has conducted over 150 trials during his time in clinical research.

Dr. Joseph earned his Medical degree (MD) from the University of Mysore, India. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kerala, India.

 

Dr. Ashok Joseph
Dr. Ashok Joseph
RATER & SUB-INVESTIGATOR

Physician Assistants

Stacy Ford
STACY FORD, PA-C

  • DIRECTOR
  • GENERAL MEDICINE

 

Krista Hill
KRISTA HILL, PA

  • GENERAL MEDICINE

 

Daniell Butchko
DANIELLE BUTCHKO, PA-C

  • GENERAL MEDICINE