Scientific & Professional Advisory Board

The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) has an 7 member Board of Directors that often calls upon professionals in various fields for their expertise in particular areas. This Scientific and Professional Advisory Board are uncompensated, and we at LDA are fortunate to have their guidance when necessary for navigating the often complex world of tick-borne diseases.

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Marylynn Barkley, MD, PhD (Bio)
Emeritus Professor,  Neurology, Physiology, & Behavior,
University of California, Davis, CA


Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA (Bio)
Private practice, psychiatry, Red Bank, NJ; Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers-RWJ School of Medicine; board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Allison DeLong, MS (Applied Mathematics), MS (Applied Statistics) (Bio)
Biostatistician & Core Care Coordinator, Bio Med Statistical Sciences, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University, RI


Robert Dyson, CPA (Bio)
Director, Professional Practices Group, Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, New York, NY

Brian Fallon, MD (Bio)
Director, Lyme Disease Research Program, NY State Psychiatric Institute; Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, CUMC, New York, NY


Nick Harris, PhD (Bio)
Immunology; Past President, IGeneX Reference Labs; Board of Directors, ILADS; Board of Directors,; Diplomate, American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, Palo Alto, CA


Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA (Bio)
Executive director,, Los Angeles, CA  


Kenneth B. Liegner, MD (Bio)
Internal & Critical Care Medicine, Private Practice, Pawling, NY; author, In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease: Collected Writings & Associated Materials

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James L. Occi, PhD Candidate (Bio)
Center for Vector Biology, Dept. of Entomology, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
Research/Teaching Specialist, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Dorothy M. Pietrucha, MD (Bio)
Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology; Medical Director, Child Evaluation Center, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, NJ 

Richard Rhee, MD (Bio)
Neurologist; Clinical Professor of Neurology Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Pres., Jersey Shore Neurology Associates; Chairman Board of Trustees, NJ Chapter American College of Acupuncture, Neptune, NJ


Stephen A. Sheller, Esq. (Bio)
Sheller, Ludwig & Sheller, Attorneys at Law, Philadelphia, PA


Alfred C. Tagliabue, MEd Special Education, MEd School Administration (Bio)
Director of Student Personnel and Community Services, Jackson Schools (Ret.); Administration Learning Consultant, Calais School, (Ret.) NJ