Lab Team

Ivan Molton, PhD

Lab Director & Principal Investigator

Ivan Molton, PhD is a Rehabilitation Psychologist & Professor at the University of Washington and has been conducting research and clinical work for over 10 years. His research involves middle-aged and older adults with long-term physical disability, focusing on improving quality of life and community participation for adults with physical disabilities.

Ivan is also the Director of the Healthy Aging & Physical Disability Research and Rehabilitation Training Center (RRTC). The RRTC focuses on promoting healthy aging for individuals with long-term physical disabilities. 

In his free time, Ivan loves sea kayaking, playing music, and spending time with his wife and twin daughters.

Katie Singsank, Lab Manager

Katie is our Research Coordinator is originally from Minnesota. Katie moved to Washington to attend the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma where she studied Psychology and Neuroscience. Katie brings previous research experience with her to this role, having worked on pediatric endocrinology and gastroenterology FDA clinical trials, as well as previous research at UW in adult emergency medicine.

In her free time, Katie likes to go for walks along the Puget Sound, hike, play board games, and pet any dog she encounters.

Aaron Flaster, Research Study Coordinator II

As a study coordinator, Aaron works on recruitment, scheduling, eligibility screening, and other tasks to keep the projects running smoothly. Previously, Aaron was a Research Study Assistant in a UW child & adolescent psychology lab, examining how stress and trauma impact brain and emotional development in children and adolescents.

Aaron graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Outside of lab, Aaron enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Shreya Pakalpati, Research Study Assistant

Shreya is the Research Assistant in the RADAR Lab. She is originally from India but grew up all over Asia and moved to Washington State to pursue her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English at the University of Washington, Seattle. Before joining the Molton lab, Shreya was involved in research focused on resilience, language, and learning, and has worked at the UW Disability Resources for Students (DRS).

Outside of research, Shreya is passionate about volunteering, traveling, painting, reading, baking, and recently collecting vinyl records.

Nova Rivera, MSW/MPH, LICSWA, Social Worker II

Nova is the lead social worker in the RADAR Lab. He received his MSW (Health Social Work) and MPH (Health Services) at the University of Washington. Before working with the Community Health Study, he worked on research studies regarding mental health services for middle aged and older adults with Major Depressive Disorder.

In his spare time, he likes to keep busy by knitting, playing his bass guitar, and spending time with his two chihuahuas.

Ashton Wills, LICSWA, Social Worker

Ashton is a social worker in the RADAR Lab. Ashton received her MSW (Clinical Social Work) at Seattle University and holds a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPt) license with the state of Washington. Before working with the Community Health Study, Ashton worked as a case manager with adults experiencing mental health and substance abuse disorders.

In her spare time, Ashton prides herself on being a Crazy Cat Lady and enjoys coffee, chocolate, thrift and antique stores, and warm naps in the sun.

Leah Munroe, LSWAA, Social Worker

Leah is a social worker in the RADAR lab. She received her MSW (Clinical Social Work) at Tulane School of Social Work. Prior to working in Dr. Molton’s lab she lived in New Orleans and was a counselor for individuals experiencing addiction.

In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling and hiking with her two dogs, playing sports, and kayaking.

Lab Alumni

Salom Teshale, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Salom Teshale is currently a Policy Associate in the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team, working on projects related to family caregiving and palliative care. As a NIDILRR fellow at the University of Washington, Salom conducted research on aging and well-being in adults aging with long-term disability, and worked at the Administration for Community Living’s Center for Policy and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She holds a PhD from Brandeis University in social/developmental psychology, and her research interests include strategies to improve well-being in midlife and older age. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing fiction, hiking, and watching soccer. 

Jennifer Wong, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jennifer is an experimental psychologist who relies on her research background to guide her current policy work. Social determinants of health/health-related social needs, health care delivery, successful aging in place, behavioral health across the lifespan, the impact of the built environment, and community stakeholder engagement are of great interest to her. In her first year as a NIDILRR Fellow, she investigated health care utilization in older adults with long-term physical disability. In her second year, she partnered locally with Seattle-King County Public Health and the Washington State Health Care Authority. In her free time, she continues to grow her new business – JLW Health Consulting. 

Anne Ordway, PhD, Research Scientist

Anne Ordway, PhD, was a post-doctoral fellow and then a Research Scientist in the UW RADAR Lab. Anne is currently a Program Specialist at the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Anne oversees the disability and aging research and health policy research portfolios for NIDILRR. She is the Program Manager of the NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program, which includes 28 institutions of higher education and research focused on preparing the next cadre of disability and rehabilitation researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

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