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Molly  Losh, PhD
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Losh is the Jo Ann G. and Peter F. Dolle Professor of Learning Disabilities in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, with a specific focus on understanding the basis of language and communication impairments that span diagnostic boundaries. Work from her lab has helped to identify key cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the social-communicative impairments in autism, in order to bridge gaps between observable clinical behaviors and underlying biology, necessary for understanding the causes of autism and related conditions. Dr. Losh provides oversight for the SoC research office. She works on SoC research policy and is the research compliance officer for the School of Communication. She can provide support for issues involving the IRB, INVO, Sponsored Research, and the University Library. She administers the SoC internal grant programs ELREA/EREA and helps identify funding sources for faculty and graduate students.

Sheri Carsello, MA, CRA
Assistant Dean for Research

Ms. Carsello, M.A., CRA, is the Assistant Dean for Research at the School of Communication. She received her M.A. in production from SoC’s Department of Radio, Television and Film. Active in the field of sponsored research administration for more than 25 years, she held positions at the Program of African Studies (PAS), Accounting Services Research and Sponsored Programs (ASRSP), and the Sponsored Research (SR) office. She has served on numerous sponsored project pilot and advisory committees at NU and is an active member of the Northwestern University Research Administration Leadership (NU RAL) group headed by the SR Executive Director. She supports faculty proposal development, annual reporting, effort reporting (CS&D), and grant compliance. Contact her to help problem solve your sponsor project complex issues.

Marysia  Galent, CRA
Senior Research Administrator

Ms. Galent, CRA, is a Research Administrator at the School of Communication. She is an expert on post-award activities and compliance, currently managing over forty projects for the School of Communication. She is also responsible for submitting over a third of SOC proposals for external funding. She has experience with grants provided by federal agencies, such as: NIH, NSF, NASA, DoD, NEA, NEH, as well as foundations and corporations. Fascinated by scientific research activities within her home school, she actively shares her knowledge and expertise within Northwestern’s research administration community. She is an active member of NURAP (Northwestern University Research Administration Professionals) and Post-Award Working Group. She has over thirteen years of grants management experience for non-profit and higher education institutions, and has been supporting School of Communication for more than seven years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver.

In her current role, Ms. Galent is responsible for proposal submission, post-award activities, and effort reporting. You may also contact her for assistance with annual/progress reports, biosketches and research support documents

Rosa Ortiz, MSDS
Associate Director in the Center for Communication and Health

Ms. Ortiz joined Northwestern in 2013 and serves as Associate Director in the Center for Communication and Health. Before joining Northwestern, she held a Business Manager position at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) serving in a dual capacity for the College of Pharmacy and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. While at UIC, she garnered 12 years of experience in research administration and navigating budgetary operations under State of Illinois governance. She has served on various employee advisory committees as well as NURAP-Northwestern University Research Administration Professionals.

Her role includes pre and post-award research administration, as well as payroll, finance and operations management for the Center.

Ms. Ortiz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Northwestern University and is currently a student in Northwestern’s Master of Science in Data Science program.