Our Team

Ayn O’Reilly, PhD
IRB Chair

Dr. O’Reilly is an experienced IRB reviewer, and has served as the prison representative for Solutions, along with reviewing a variety of other studies, including Canadian studies, prior to becoming chair. She received her master’s in clinical psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked extensively as a forensic psychologist, specializing in violent offending. She teaches and designs on-line courses in the area of criminal justice and research. She has authored and co-authored several books, as well as a variety of journal articles and presentations in the area of forensics, research, and theory. She is interested intrauma medicine, holds EMT certification and has served as ski patrol in Sun Peaks, BC, Canada.

Rebecca Nickleson, MS, CRA

Rebecca Nickleson has more than 10 years experience working with federal, state and industrial grant and sponsored programs. She holds a Master of Science for Human Services in Management of Non-Profit Agencies degree from Capella University, Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arkansas State University, and is a certified Research Administrator through the Research Administrators Certification Council. Rebecca began her grants administration career by being a member of the Region VI Disability Services Quality Improvement Center (DSQIC) grant awarded to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Currently, she is the director of the Office of Research Information Systems at UAMS. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society for Research Administrators International.

Sarita Prajapati, MD, MPH

saritaDr. Prajapati is a board-certified family physician and serves as a physician consultant for our Board. She received her MD from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas and completed residency training through Saint Louis University in 2004. After residency, she completed a faculty development fellowship and received her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). As an instructor and assistant professor, she spent five years teaching medical students and family medicine residents. She is currently in private practice in Austin, Texas.

Niki Spencer, BSW, LPN

Niki Spencer has more than 15 years in the social service field. Niki has worked anywhere from a Juvenile Detention Center to a Social Worker for various counties where she has held multiple positions. She has a high understanding of the mental health and dual diagnosis field. Niki recently resigned from a position at a University where she worked as an advisor for learners pursuing their doctorates and PhD’s. Currently, she is working at home and taking care of her two boys.

Ron Wallace, PhD

Dr. Wallace is a criminal justice professional with more than 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from Regis University, and a doctorate degree from Capella University. He is a recognized subject matter expert in the area of criminal justice and intimate partner violence. He has several years of experience with online teaching in criminal justice programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels, as well as working as an IRB reviewer.

Lara Woloszyn, BS

Lara Woloszyn is currently the 5pm news producer at THV11 in Little Rock. She holds a bachelors of science degree in radio and television, emphasizing in broadcast journalism from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is also a member of the National Broadcasting Society. Lara began her career as an intern for THV11 in 2012. In the summer of 2013 she started as a part time sports producer. Two months later she was promoted to the morning show. Then one year later she was promoted again to the 5pm slot. Other than her love for news, she is also a huge sports fan. Her favorite teams include the Arkansas State Red Wolves, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals and Manchester United FC.

Mary Lannon, PhD

Dr. Lannon is a public safety and emergency management professional, with nearly 15 years of experience in police and fire emergency communications. She worked for the Phoenix Police Department for over a decade as a communications supervisor. She received her master’s in emergency management from American Military University and her doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University. She has several years of experience teaching in the emergency management and homeland security programs at Purdue Global University and Capella University. She has been recognized for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Outstanding Professor, and Outstanding Faculty Performance. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Arizona Emergency Services Association.

Jennifer H. Lewey, Ph.D., LP

Dr. Lewey is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, and primarily works as a forensic examiner in the state of Minnesota, specializing in forensic evaluations to include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, general and sexual violence risk assessment, and civil commitment. She received a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Fresno, California. She has experience providing clinical services within numerous forensic settings such as state prisons of varying security levels as well as forensic inpatient hospitals with specific expertise in providing evidence-based treatments to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She is actively involved in research and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of meta-analytic research techniques and personality assessment. She has several years of experience teaching psychology courses at the undergraduate level, and more recently with teaching meta-analysis at the doctorate level.

Dennis West PhD, FCCP, CIP

Dennis West is a Professor Emeritus in Dermatology in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has served as Chair for Administrative Review with the Institutional Review Board for the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at Northwestern University. In addition, he served as Chair for the Dermatology Expert Panel at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) from 2005-2010 and currently serves as a member (representing dermatology) on the USP Drug Classification Expert Committee serving CMS for Medicare Part D. Dr West served also as the Vincent W. Foglia Family Research Professor of Dermatology and Director, Dermatopharmacology Program, Department of Dermatology at Northwestern for over the past decade. As Director Emeritus of the Clinical Trials Unit for Dermatology at Northwestern, he has decades of experience in clinical research having directed one of the largest such academic-based clinical research programs for dermatology in the U.S. On a national basis, he focuses on dermatopharmacology with emphasis on percutaneous absorption as well as product formulation and development. Notably, Dr. West also leads the Northwestern-based RADAR Program (Research on Adverse Drug events And Reports), a proactive pharmacovigilance collaboration that is nationally and internationally recognized for the Program’s ability to detect and define safety signals related to serious adverse drug events post-marketing.