StaffCenter for Addiction Research

The Center for Addiction Research is composed of faculty, staff and students across the UTMB campus, including faculty from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Institute of Medical Humanities with interests in addiction research and education, as well as molecular therapeutic development..

The Center has become a coordinating force for translational research in addiction based on a strategy of developing and nurturing opportunities for interdisciplinary investigations and training of new investigators in translational science. Our consortium is unified around creating new diagnostic and treatment approaches, including novel molecular therapeutics, and moving our research from the bench to the bedside with the ultimate goal to improve lives.


  • Alvidrez, Rosa, BA

    Grant Analyst
  • Foss, Kirsty, MHA, MBA

    Administrative Manager

    Phone: 409.772.3093
    Fax: 409.747.7050


    Kirsty serves as the Center Administrative Manager. She is responsible for providing post award administration (T32 Training Grant), budget forecasting, progress reporting, logistics, asset management, scheduling functions, support to all faculty, workgroups, and seminar activities.

    Kirsty has been in health care administration with UTMB since 2008 and has held a variety of positions within UTMB since this time. Kirsty joined The Center for Addiction Research in 2015 and brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to her position. Kirsty has previous experience in clinical management in all disciplines of health care along with research administration.

    • AAHCA, 2013, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
    • BSHA, 2014, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
    • MHA, MBA, 2017, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Garcia, Maria, MS, MBA

    Maria Garcia15                                                                                                                                  Senior Manager of Research Operations

      Phone: 409.772.9640

    Maria currently serves as the Sr. Manager of Research Operations for the Center for Addiction Research. Her administrative responsibilities include serving as the chief departmental liaison with business & administrative support systems including the organization and oversight of the Center administrative team to assure actualization of Center missions. Maria’s primary duties also include strategic and tactical planning, oversight of budget planning and financial activities including endowment administration and compliance with institutional guidelines. She is also responsible for the recruitment, orientation, training, and mentorship of employees in Center practices including professionalism and quality performance in all business and administrative functions.  In her research support role, Maria is responsible for the organization, submission and oversight of all Center grant proposals.  She also serves as the translational research liaison for the Center, cultivating and supporting interdisciplinary research projects across departments and institutions. 

    Maria has previous experience in managing clinical research with an emphasis on compliance and data management. Her research compliance experience includes serving as an IRB Coordinator for UTMB. Maria has also greatly enjoyed teaching students at the undergraduate level while serving as a faculty member of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

    • M.S.,2011,Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
    • MBA, 2016, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jordan, Marcy, PhD

    Marcy Jordan
    Senior Research Development Specialist
    Phone: 409.789.5210


    As the CAR Research Development Specialist, Dr. Jordan provides research development expertise to CAR faculty members, mentees and research personnel to facilitate competitive individual and team extramural research funding and research excellence, and to ensure timely and effective communication of research results. Dr. Jordan supports Center members in all phases of the research grant proposal process. She is also responsible for writing and/or editing manuscripts, scientific publications and research communications, and she manages the P50 Translational Addiction Sciences Center.

    Dr. Jordan takes particular pride in providing mentorship and support for students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty within the Center in development of grant proposals, manuscripts, abstracts, posters and other presentations. Having earned her Ph.D. degree at the UTMB under the mentorship of Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, she is highly engaged at a scholarly level in the scientific research being conducted within the Center and she has published as first or co-author 17 peer-reviewed, primary research publications, three book chapters and commentaries and 30 presentations over the last 10 years.

    • B.S., 1999, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York
    • Ph.D., 2005, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas