Jess G. Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD

Jess G. Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University and with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a medicine (transitional year) internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he additionally served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in the Clinical Neurobiology of the Major Psychoses at the University of Iowa and concurrently completed an M.S. in Clinical Investigation. He also has a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedicine and a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research


Daniel Langstraat 
Administrative Services Coordinator

Daniel Langstraat is an Administrative Services Coordinator who has been with the University of Iowa since 2002, when he joined ITS-Research Services. Daniel then joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2013. Daniel has a dual degree in English and Psychology and assists the doctors in 2 Tower with any and all administrative needs. This includes CV’s, biosketches and grants as well as arranging travel and reimbursements. His work in ITS also provides Daniel with the technical know-how to provide solutions to most computer related issues. Daniel serves as editorial manager to the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Jenny Richards
Research Assistant

Jenny Gringer Richards, MSW, is a Research Associate in the Department of Radiology working on the Cerebellar Metabolism in Bipolar Disorder Study. Her primary responsibilities include study recruitment, coordination, and psychiatric assessments. 


Jenny graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Her background includes public health work with Native Americans focused on substance abuse and HIV, 20+ years of research coordination and assessment in psychiatric and psychological research studies examining the genetics of substance abuse, the development of an assessment for depression and anxiety, as well as studying treatment efficacy in perinatal depression. 

Amy Stroud

Amy Stroud, MSN, RN
Research Specialist

Amy Stroud, MSN, RN, has a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Health and Human Physiology. She assists with several studies conducted by investigators Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, and Gary Pierce, PhD. Her responsibilities include study coordination, data analysis, IV placement, blood draws, IV infusions, pulse wave velocity with SphygmoCor, and assistance with various other vascular health measurements. 

Amy graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2014 with her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 2002 from Mount Mercy College. Amy’s nursing background consists of neurosurgical nursing in the Operating Rooms for 11.5 years and clinic nursing in Neurosurgery for 1 year at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

Leela Sathyaputri
Kakade Fellow

Leela Sathyaputri is an undergraduate research assistant and student at the University of Iowa.

Martin Rosenfeld
Cornell College Fellow

Martin is an undergraduate student at Cornell College studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Psychology and Applied Statistics. He plans to matriculate into medical school as an MD-PhD student, and eventually go into neurosurgery and neuroscience research.

Zhuangzhuang Liu
Graduate Research Assistant

Zhuangzhuang is a Ph.D. student in biostatistics at the University of Iowa. She has an M.S. in Biostatistics from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa.

Samantha Schmitz

Samantha Schmitz is a medical student at Des Moines University. Samantha graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2018 with her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and receive her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in May of 2016.

Jane Persons

Jane Persons

Jane Persons is a medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, she worked with the lab as a graduate research assistant and in 2016 received a PhD in Epidemiology. Her research interests are in the area of mood disorders and mental health and she plans to pursue a career in academic medicine. 

Lisa Wehr

Lisa Wehr

Lisa Wehr, MPH, CHES is a medical student in the Carver College of Medicine. Her interests include the integration of primary care and psychiatry and public health approaches to the prevention and management of mental health.

Bryan Cobb

Bryan Cobb

Bryan Cobb is a first-year psychiatry resident at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with several clinical interests including substance use disorders and eating disorders. He has a longstanding fascination with mental illness and how it can affect people across the spectrum of health, race, religion, education, and social standing.

Brian Tong

Brian Tong
Medical Student

Jonathan Birdsall

​Jonathan Birdsall is a medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Iowa.

Daren Kuwaye

Graduate Research Assistant

Daren is pursuing a M.S. in Biostatistics at The University of Iowa.  He has earned a B.S. in Mathematics from The University of Hawaii at Mānoa.  He is interested in spatial-temporal modeling.

Fatemah Shabbir

Michael Torres
Michael Torres is a medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.