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Detailed Resume

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Detailed Resume

  1. 1. Joseph Tkacz, M.S., CCRP jptkacz@yahoo.com www.linkedin.com/in/joetkacz PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Junior Scientist Department of Translational Science Health Analytics Columbia, MD January 2009 – Present Performs statistical analyses for randomized clinical trials using IBM SPSS v.19 Manages and prepares large medical and pharmacy claims datasets for statistical analysis Authors/co-authors original manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals Creates/designs scientific posters for presentation at national and international meetings Conducts literature reviews and manages references with Endnote Software Supervises undergraduate and graduate student interns Creates and assists with the development of research reports for clients Assists project management and vice president in day-to-day operations Participates in project-specific and company-wide meetings Senior Research Projects Coordinator AMDA Foundation Columbia, MD April 2008 – January 2009 Worked with study personnel to develop essential study related materials including Standard Operating Procedures, Case Report Forms, and Regulatory Binders Served as liaison between the AMDA Foundation and Michigan State University, Wright State University, and Copernicus IRBs Coordinated logistical and operations aspects of three major award programs including working with committees and sponsors Provided planning and support to the AMDA Foundation’s 2008 Long Term Care Research Network Conference (November 14-16, 2008, Baltimore, MD) Created and designed research surveys using Survey Monkey Prepared, shipped and managed inventory of study related supplies IRB Specialist (part-time) University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center Baltimore, MD November 2008 – February 2009 Designed informed consent documents for cancer trials in accordance with Institutional Review Board specifications
  2. 2. Clinical Research Associate Department of Pediatrics Medical College of Georgia Augusta, GA April 2005-April 2008 Planned psychological data collection with elementary school-aged research subjects and their parents; scored and maintained records of psychological data from subjects, teachers and parents; processed, entered and analyzed data with SPSS and a local intranet SQL database; compiled bibliographies with Endnote software; supervised undergraduate student interns Testing duties consisted of individual administrations of the Cognitive Assessment System and portions of the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement III while maintaining blinded status, running subjects through experimental fMRI procedures, and administering computer-based assessments of task-switching processes Presented data at scientific meetings, and assisted the principal investigator with abstract, manuscript and grant preparation using APA style Served as liaison to Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken county GA school personnel, and also to faculty and student collaborators at the University of Georgia Assisted with informed consent/assent preparation and subject recruitment Intern Research Assistant Department of Pediatrics Medical College of Georgia Augusta, GA Jan 2005-May 2005 Ran research subjects through experimental stressors following strict protocol guidelines Participated in hemodynamic evaluations of subjects at rest in response to vascular activated stressors Aliquotted urine and blood samples for purpose of analyzing sodium retention Entered physiological and environmental data into computer databases and performed quality control checks on data entered Graduate Student Assistant/Animal Lab Caretaker Psychology Department Augusta State University Augusta, GA Aug 2003-Aug 2005 Performed general laboratory maintenance for animal facility housing strains of Sprague- Dawley derived albino rats bred for alcohol research Managed oversight of non-sibling mating procedures, maintained housing, food and water, and euthanized animals when necessary Studied animals in thesis research, operant conditioning experiments with undergraduate students, and other research projects involving minor surgical procedures
  3. 3. EDUCATION Augusta State University Augusta, GA GPA Master of Science: Experimental Psychology December 2005 3.70/4.00 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC GPA Bachelor of Science: Psychology May 2003 3.72/4.00 CERTIFICATIONS ▪ IBM SPSS Level 1 Certified ▪ Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ▪ Society of Clinical Research Associates- 2008-Present PUBLICATIONS Ruetsch, C., Cacciola, J., & Tkacz, J. P. (2010). A national study of a telephone support service for patients receiving office-based buprenorphine medication assisted treatment: Study feasibility and sample description. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, in press. Albright, J., Ciaverelli, R., Essex, A., Tkacz, J. P. & Ruetsch, C. (2010). Psychiatrist characteristics that influence use of buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment. Journal of Addiction Medicine, in press. Ruetsch, C., Tkacz, J. P., Dewan, N. (2010). Improving qualtiy and accountability through information systems. In Dewan, N., Luo, J., & Lorenzi, N. (Eds.), Information technology essentials for behavioral health clinicians. New York: Springer. Petty, K. H., Davis, C. L., Tkacz, J. P. & Young-Hyman, D. & Waller, J.L. (2009). Exercise effects on depressive symptoms and self-worth in overweight children: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34(4), 929-939. Tkacz, J. P., Davis, C. L., Young-Hyman, D. & Boyle, C. A. (2008). Structured aerobic exercise program reduces overt anger expression among overweight children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 20, (4), 390-401. Tomporowski, P. D., Davis, C. L., Lambourne, K., Gregoski, M, & Tkacz, J. P. (2008). Task switching in overweight children: Effects of acute exercise and age. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30 (5), 497-511. Davis, C. L., Tkacz J. P., Gregoski, M. J., Boyle, C. A. & Lovrekovic, G. (2006). Aerobic Exercise and Snoring in Overweight Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obesity, 14 (11).
  4. 4. Severt, J., Tkacz, J. P., Ruetsch, C. (2010). Opioid relapse rates among a sample of new buprenorphine-medication assisted treatment patients: Relationship to compliance at one year follow-up. Manuscript in preparation. Tkacz J. P., Hobbs, S. H., & Elkins, R. L. (2010). The GABA antagonist picrotoxin attenuates an ethanol-induced taste aversion in taste aversion-prone rats. Manuscript in preparation, to be submitted to Addiction Biology. PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS Tkacz, J. P., Severt, J., & Ruetsch, C. (2010). Buprenorphine compliance is associated with improved psychiatric outcomes and service utilization among opioid dependent patients. Abstract accepted at the 2010 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 2 – 5, Boca Raton, FL. Severt, J., Tkacz, J. P., & Ruetsch, C. (2010). Buprenorphine compliance is associated with improved employment and functioning outcomes among opioid dependent patients. Abstract accepted at the 2010 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 2 – 5, Boca Raton, FL. Ruetsch, C., Roebuck, C., & Tkacz, J. P. (2010). Buprenorphine adherence among insured patients with opioid dependence: Impact on health services utilization and cost. Abstract accepted at the 2010 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 2 – 5, Boca Raton, FL. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). The effect of a telephonic patient support program on treatment for opioid dependence: Outcomes at one year. Abstract accepted at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, October 23-27, Chicago, IL. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). A longitudinal analysis of the effect of buprenorphine-medication assisted treatment (B-MAT) and a structured patient support program on B-MAT adherence for the treatment of opioid dependence. Abstract accepted at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, October 23-27, Chicago, IL. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). Refusal of ancillary support services early in opioid dependence treatment predicts six month buprenorphine-medication assisted treatment compliance. Abstract accepted at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, October 23-27, Chicago, IL. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). Opioid relapse rates among a sample of new buprenorphine medication assisted treatment patients: Relationship with medication compliance at one year. Abstract accepted at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence National Conference, October 23-27, Chicago, IL.
  5. 5. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). The effect of a telephonic patient support program on treatment outcomes among a sample of opioid dependence patients: One year follow up. Poster presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 15th Annual Meeting, May 15-19, Atlanta, GA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). A longitudinal analysis of the effect of buprenorphine-medication assisted treatment (B-MAT) and a structured patient support program on B-MAT adherence in a national sample of opioid dependent patients. Poster presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 15th Annual Meeting, May 15-19, Atlanta, GA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). Refusal of ancillary support services early in treatment predicts six month outcomes among buprenorphine-medication assisted treatment patients. Poster presented at the International Society for Pharmaco- economics and Outcomes Research 15th Annual Meeting, May 15-19, Atlanta, GA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J.P. (2010). Opioid relapse rates among a sample of nre buprenorphine medication assisted treatment patients: Relationship to medication compliance at one year. Poster presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 15th Annual Meeting, May 15-19, Atlanta, GA. Tkacz, J. P. & Ruetsch, C. (2009). Compliance with buprenorphine-medication assisted therapy decreases drug use among opiate addicts: A randomized controlled trial. Poster presented at the 2009 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 3-6th, Los Angeles, CA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Buprenorphine-medication assisted therapy: A full economic analysis of health plan data. Poster to be presented at the 2009 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 3-6th, Los Angeles, CA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Differences in opioid dependence severity by health insurance ameliorated by month three of buprenorphine treatment. Poster presented at the 2009 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 3-6th, Los Angeles, CA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Drug use severity predicts subsequent buprenorphine-replacement treatment compliance and drug use behavior among opioid- dependent patients. Poster presented at the 2009 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 3-6th, Los Angeles, CA. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Opioid dependence treatment outcomes improve with addition of structured patient support program. Poster presented at the 2009 Academy of Managed Care Physicians, October 7-10th, San Antonio, TX. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Cost-effectiveness of medication-replacement therapy with buprenorphine among opioid-dependent patients: Results from a
  6. 6. retrospective analysis of health plan membership claims data. Poster presented at the 2009 Academy of Managed Care Physicians, October 7-10th, San Antonio, TX. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Factors that predict early treatment failure among patients in outpatient treatment for opioid dependence. Abstract accepted to the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 2nd Annual Latin American Conference, Sept. 10th-12th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Methods of achieving and maintaining adequate study subject participation for a multi-site time series trial. Abstract accepted to the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 2nd Annual Latin American Conference, Sept. 10th-12th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ruetsch, C. & Tkacz, J. P. (2009). Factors that influence decisions among MBHO network physicians to use office-based treatment for opioid dependence or to increase numbers of opioid-dependent patients they treat: Results and Psychometric Evaluation of the OBOT attitude and intention physician survey. Poster presented at the 14th Annual International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research annual meeting, May 16th-20th, Orlando, FL. Davis, C. L., Tomporowski, P. D., Naglieri, J., Miller, P. H., & Tkacz, J. P. (2008). Aerobic Training Benefits Children’s Cognition and Achievement: Randomized Controlled Trial; Component of the symposium: Physical Activity and Children’s Cognition---Convergent Multidisciplinary Experimental Evidence. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 14th, 2008. McDowell, J. D., Austin, B., Allison, J., Yanasak, N. E., Camchong, J., Tomporowski, P. D., Tkacz, J. P, Miller, P. H., & Davis, C. L. (2008). Changes in Brain Activation Following Exercise Training in Overweight Children; Component of the symposium: Physical Activity and Children’s Cognition---Convergent Multidisciplinary Experimental Evidence. Presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 14th, 2008. Davis, C. L., Tkacz, J. P., & Tomporowski, P. D. (2008). Influence of Physical Activity and Weight Status on Children’s Cognitive Functioning. Paper presented at the 2008 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. Boyle, C, Tkacz J. P., & Davis, K (2008). The effect of an after-school exercise program on body composition and lipids in overweight children. Paper presented at the 2008 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. Petty K., Davis C. L., Tkacz J. P., Young-Hyman D. (2008). Exercise effects on self- worth and depression symptoms in overweight children: a randomized controlled trial. Poster presented at the 2008 National Conference in Child Health Psychology.
  7. 7. Tkacz J. P., Davis C. L., Yin Z., Duda J. (2008). Task-involving exercise program fosters healthy motivation among overweight, sedentary children. Poster presented at the 2008 National Conference in Child Health Psychology. Davis, C. L., Blanchard, A., Pogula, A, Tkacz, J. P., Chervin, R., & Waller, J. (2007). Race differences in oxygen saturation and sleep quality among overweight children. Poster presented at SLEEP, 21st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Minneapolis, MN. Austin, B. P., McDowell, J. E., Allison, J., Yanasak, N. E., Camchong, J., Tomporowski, P. D., Creech, C. Tkacz, J. P., Miller, P., & Davis, C. L. (2007). Exercise-induced changes in circuitries supporting antisaccade performance in overweight children; an fMRI study. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, San Diego, CA. Davis, C. L., Tkacz, J. P., & Tomporowski, P. D. (2007). Effects of aerobic training dose on overweight children’s cognition and Achievement: A randomized controlled trial. Poster presented at the NAASO, The Obesity Society, Boston, MA. Tomporowski, P. D., Davis, C. L. & Tkacz, J. P. (2007). Routine exercise improves overweight children’s executive function. Poster presented at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society, Fort Worth, TX. Miller, P. H., Davis, C. L., Tomporowski, P., Jones, L., Naglieri, J., Tkacz, J. P., & Gregoski, M. (2007). Executive functioning: Effects of a vigorous exercise intervention on overweight children. Poster presented at APA annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. Tkacz, J. P. & Davis, C. L. (2007). Aerobic exercise reduces depressive symptoms in obese, sedentary children. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D. C. Petty, K., Tkacz, J. P., Young-Hyman, D., & Davis, C. L. (2007). Exercise program improves self-worth among overweight white, but not black children. Paper presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington D. C. Davis, C. L., Blanchard, A., Tkacz, J. P., Pogula, A., Waller, J, O, Boyle, C. A., Creech, C., & Chervin, R. (2007). Exercise improves objective measures of sleep-disordered breathing in overweight children. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington D. C. Tkacz, J. P., Hobbs, S. H. & Elkins, R. L. (2006). Effects of a GABA antagonist on ethanol-induced taste aversions. Paper awarded “Outstanding Graduate Research” at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA Austin, B. P., McDowell, J. E., Allison, J., Yanasak, N. E., Camchong, J., Tomporowski, P. D., Creech, C. Tkacz, J. P., Miller, P., & Davis, C. L. (2006). Exercise effects on
  8. 8. antisaccade performance in overweight children; an fMRI study. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience (listed in press book); Atlanta, GA. Tkacz, J. P., Davis, C. A. & Boyle, C. A. (2006) Aerobic exercise training reduces overt anger expression among overweight children. Poster presented to the 2006 Pediatric Health Psychology Conference, Gainesville, FL Davis, C. L., Tkacz, J. P., Alison, J. & Boyle, C. A. (2006). Ethnic differences in visceral fat but similar response to exercise in black and white overweight children. Poster presented at the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks; Atlanta, GA. Davis, C. L., Tkacz, J. P., Gregoski, M. J., Boyle, C. A., Creech, C., & Tomporowski, P. D. (2006). Aerobic exercise training improves overweight children’s behavior in the classroom. Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Boston, MA. Tkacz, J. P., Sparks, J. W. & Widner, S. C. (2005). Remembering the bad times: A study on anxiety and memory. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN Tkacz, J. P. (2003). Differential error feedback conditions in learning a novel hand-eye coordination task. Paper presented at the 2003 Carolina Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC.

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