Barbara Baldwin, M.S.
Director of Clinical Research

Mrs. Baldwin is the Director of Clinical Research for Harmonex Neuroscience. Mrs. Baldwin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy State University.

Prior to joining Harmonex, Mrs. Baldwin worked directly with children and adolescents at Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center.

Mrs. Baldwin began her tenure at Harmonex as a research assistant, later becoming one of three clinical research coordinators responsible for coordinating over ten clinical trials over two years. Since 2008 she has served as the Director of Clinical Research for Harmonex and oversees the initiation, regulatory documentation, contractual negotiations, and management of all clinical studies for Harmonex.

Nelson M. Handal, M.D., FAPA
Investigator

Dr. Handal is the Founder, Chairman, and Medical Director for Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC) & Harmonex Neuroscience Research (HRX). As a practicing Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Handal has dedicated much of his career to developing and implementing technologies that elevate the quality of patient care. His vision was born after many years of tireless work focused on perfecting a clinical model that uses technology while implementing sensible, practical, and modern clinical practices. DBMC is a large and modern mental health clinic which serves about 160 patients a day, half of whom travel more than an hour away.

Dr. Handal participates in extensive clinical research and has been primary investigator in over 40 clinical trials. He is a national consultant and speaker. In the late 1980s, Dr. Handal was president of one of the first telemedicine referral services in the world. This system was featured in Business Week. CliniCom is an online psychiatric assessment tool Dr. Handal has been developing for the past 8 years and which has been used by over 10,000 patients. In May 2009 Dr. Handal was invited to testify before the Unites States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs regarding innovative technologies and treatments for veterans; he spoke about CliniCom.

Awards include the 2009 Heroes in the Fight Award given by Mental Health America and The Excellence in Public Mental Health Award for 2008 given by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In addition, Dr. Handal has also been recognized as one of America's Top Psychiatrists for 2008 and 2007 given by the Consumers' Research Council of America. His private practice, Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic, has received the 2008 Best of Dothan Award in the Physicians category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). Dr. Handal has also received the 2008 Patient's Choice Award and the 2007 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award for Alabama. In 1996 Dr. Handal was presented with the Clinical Scholar Award conferred by the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Handal is also recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He attended Medical School at the Reprecht Karl University in Heidelberg, Germany, and graduated from Universidad Mayor de San Andres in Laz Bolivia, his hometown. Dr. Handal completed his internship and residency training in General Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in Syracuse, New York. Following residency, he completed his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr. Handal is a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. At the present time he is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Alabama College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama.

Jerlyn C. McCleod, M.D., FAPA
Investigator

Dr. McCleod is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has been in practice with the team at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC) since 2003. She is a co-investigator in many of the Harmonex clinical research studies. Dr. McCleod is the current Medical Director of Southeast Alabama Youth Services' Diversion Center and the Boys and Girls Attention Group Homes. She is also the current Medical Director of Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center, an acute and residential in-patient psychiatric care for children and adolescents. She is the current Medical Director of Bradford Health Clinic, an intensive out-patient center for treatment of adults and adolescents with substance dependence in Dothan, Alabama. She is owner and founder of J.C. McCleod, MD Psychiatric, PLLC.

She is a native of Chicago, Illinois and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at Howard University in Washington, DC. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry, and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry both at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. McCleod is Board Certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Alabama and Georgia.

Dr. McCleod is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member in good standing of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. She is a life member of the Global Directory of Who's Who in American Professionals. She received the Mental Health Professional of the Year Award given by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Wiregrass in 2009.

She is the chapter President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Pi Omega Chapter and was voted as the chapter's 2010 "Soror of the Year". She actively volunteers in many community service projects. She's a member of Greater Beulah Baptist Church. She is married to Don McCleod, CPA, and they have two children, Don Robert (13) and Michelle (10).

Jonathan C. Pfeifer, M.D., M.S.
Investigator

Dr. Pfeifer is a board-eligible adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist who joined the team of mental health professionals at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic in 2011. He is also a co-investigator in several clinical research studies being carried out at the clinic in conjunction with Harmonex. In addition, he is one of several attending physicians at Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center, which provides acute and residential in-patient psychiatric care for children and adolescents. Dr. Pfeifer completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Shortly after, he received his Master of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Pfeifer subsequently obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He remained in Cincinnati to complete his training in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital Center, respectively. Dr. Pfeifer is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. He has authored several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals regarding the pharmacology and neuroimaging of pediatric mood disorders, including Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also first author of a chapter in the book Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: From Genes to Patients.

Dr. Pfeifer has received several awards, including the Weinshilboum Prize in Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics through the Mayo Clinic, as well as the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.

Melinda Vasbinder, BS

Ms. Vasbinder started as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Harmonex Neuroscience in 2012. Miss Vasbinder graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology.

Prior to joining Harmonex, Miss Vasbinder interned in Research Psychology at the United States Army Aero-medical Research Laboratory as a Research Psychology Technician for five and a half years. During her time there she was given the opportunity to contribute and be part of two group publications as well as earning numerous certificates from the Department of the Army for working on different research studies.

While working as a coordinator at Harmonex, she was given an opportunity to also work as an assessment specialist at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC).

She is currently attending graduate school at Faulkner University working towards her Masters of Science in Psychology and Counseling.

Angela Turner

Mrs. Turner is the Community Liaison for Harmonex Neuroscience Research. She works directly with the public to educate the community about research and all of their clinical trials through community outreach, health fairs, and volunteering at local non profit organizations.

She has also initiated relationships with other medical clinics and organizations to become a quality resource. She continually seeks out new studies to provide more options for those interested in participating in a study.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraksa, she attended College of Saint Mary and after moving to the Wiregrass in 1999, she completed her education at Troy University, Dothan.

In her spare time, she enjoys teaching children in the Faith Formation Program at St. Columba Church, helping with sporting events through Dothan Leisure Services, and spending time with her family. She believes the road to success and happiness is to live by the 3P's: Practice, Patience and Persistence.

Amellia Roeser, B.S.

Ms. Roeser is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Harmonex Neuroscience. Ms. Roeser, a native of Opp, Alabama, graduated from Troy University in May 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services and a minor in Social Science. She began working with Harmonex in July 2013.

Dawn Strain, CPA

Ms. Strain is the Senior Accountant for Harmonex Neuroscience Research. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Troy University, Dothan in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Administration, with honors, in 2008.

She subsequently obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, in 2011. She received her CPA in 2014. Dawn came to Harmonex in 2013, and now negotiates contracts and budgets for clinical research studies, as well as overseeing other business and accounting duties.