Joseph Tkacz, M.S., CCRP
Holding a Master of Science degree in experimental psychology, Joseph Tkacz serves as Staff Scientist for Health Analytics. A seasoned researcher with experience in the academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors, Joseph is involved at every level of Health Analytics’ scientific endeavors, including study development and administration, data management and statistical analysis, and final report and deliverable production.
Before joining Health Analytics, Joseph held the position of Senior Research Projects Coordinator for the AMDA Foundation where he helped develop protocols and materials for a range of scientific studies, and was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Foundation's 2008 Long Term Care National Research Network Conference. Prior to this, Joseph worked for three years as a Clinical Research Associate at the Georgia Regents University where he studied the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and metabolism.
Joseph has published and co-published more than dozen scholarly papers in refereed journals in the areas of executive functioning, substance abuse treatment, and pediatric exercise science, and has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific posters. He is an IBM SPSS certified specialist, and has also been awarded the Certified Clinical Research Professional designation by the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Joseph's masters thesis, which examined the effects of GABA-A antagonism on ethanol-induced taste aversions in Sprague-Dawley derived rats, was recognized as the top Graduate Student Research Project by the Southeastern Psychological Association in 2006, and was subsequently published in Neuroscience and Medicine.