Staff


amanda p  Amanda Priest, LPN

Clinical Translational Research Coordinator III

Amanda is a Research Coordinator III for the Archer Lab. She has 12 years  experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Her background includes Sponsor and Investigator initiated FDA regulated trials. Amanda is currently involved in multiple trials within the Archer lab that she oversee including DOD and NIH funded trials. She also is overseeing multi-center trials for traumatic injury patients.


Cara V Cara Vantrease, BS

Health Services Research Analyst

Cara is a Health Services Research Analyst in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehab. She supports numerous ongoing research trials and projects. She works with the recruitment and enrollment of patients, while also, collecting and analyzing data. She has been in research for the past ten years working with FDA regulated dermatology research trials.


susan V Susan Vanston, MS, PT

Research Physical Therapist

Susan is a research physical therapist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She delivers interventions for numerous clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of psychosocial-based rehabilitation. She has worked with a wide variety of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Currently, Susan works with patients who have had spine and ACL surgery, traumatic orthopedic injuries, and who are returning home after critical care hospitalization. She introduces patients to a variety of physical and cognitive behavioral strategies to help them with their recovery. Susan is a licensed physical therapist with over 21 years of experience.


claudia davidson  Claudia Davidson, MPH

Senior Health Service Research Analyst

Claudia is a project manager for several multi-center randomized controlled trials. She oversees a DoD-funded trial examining the use of Cognitive Behavioral-based Physical Therapy (CBPT) in patients who have traumatic lower extremity injury. She also manages the SPINE CARE trial which is investigating healthcare spending and clinical outcomes in patients with acute spine pain. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with a background in health services and epidemiological research on access and quality care for people living in vulnerable situations.

aran  Aran Sullivan, BS

Research Analyst

Aran is a Research Analyst for the Archer Lab in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2022 with a degree in neuroscience and the communication of science and technology. Aran is currently involved in multiple trials related to outcomes after spinal surgery where she works with enrollment and patient follow-up.


carol brannon Carol Brannon, BS, MLAS

Program  Manager

Carol has worked in research administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for over 17 years. She joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Research in 2016 to oversee contract and budgetary matters, hiring personnel and to help develop and execute new and ongoing programs. Carol is an excellent contact for questions about all aspects of the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research.  She has a bachelor's degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University and a Masters degree in Liberal Arts and Science from Vanderbilt University.