Our Team: the faces that make ATTA happen!

Tara L. Gruenewald, PhD, MPH

Creator & Principal Investigator

Dr. Gruenewald is a faculty member in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC). Her research focuses on the mind-body processes that play a role in healthy aging. She is particularly passionate about exploring the benefits of generative engagement, that is in understanding how in contributing to others we might contribute to our own health and well-being. She is proud to see the launching of the ATTA program and looks forward to a wonderful year of collaboration and contribution!

Elizabeth Hagood

Program Coordinator

Elizabeth is a second-year Ph.D. student at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She is interested in understanding how generative and productive engagement in older adulthood might offer protective benefits for psychological, cognitive and physiological well-being.

Nicole Marcione

Program Coordinator

Nicole is a senior undergraduate majoring in Gerontology – Lifespan Health. Her research interests include successful aging through movement therapies, lifestyle changes and intergenerational relationships, and health promotion among minority older adults in under-served communities. As a McNair Scholar, she has conducted research looking at sleep interventions for minority older adults. She plans on continuing her studies in aging by pursuing a doctoral degree.

Dustin Stanton

Program Coordinator

Dustin is a senior undergraduate triple majoring in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology. His research interests include psychosociocultural influences on physical and cognitive health. He is very passionate about helping minority populations in holistic, integrative approaches. He plans to go to medical school next fall to pursue a career that emphasizes the care of the whole person.

Kezia Rusli

Program Coordinator

Kezia is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s in Human Development and Aging. Her current research focuses on the possible beneficial effects of physical activity and social engagement in later life, especially for physical functioning. She plans to pursue graduate training in Occupational Therapy.

Jordan Nowaskie

Creative Director

Jordan is senior majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Design and Critical Theory. He is a strong advocate for the use of design, art, and sustainability in education. In the future, he hopes to pioneer a non-profit that teaches the imperative link between design, sustainability, imagination, storytelling, collaboration, and the creative process.

Ramy Rashad

Program Coordinator

Ramy is a junior at USC pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a double minor in Middle East Studies and Religion. He plans on attending medical school following the completion of his undergraduate career. He enjoys a wide array of research, from research on mental health and cognitive development to stem cell research.