Research Staff

Administrative Coordinator

Lydia Arneson

Ms. Arneson has been a part of Clemson University since September 2000 and for the past 21 years, she held a position with the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. In the fall of 2021, she joined the university’s Institute for Engaged Aging as their Administrative Coordinator.

Ms. Arneson has more than 25 years of extensive experience working with the federal government and the Department of Defense. Prior to joining Clemson University in 2000, she worked with the Office of Regional Counsel for Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, WA.


Educational Background:

AS Business Administration, Southern Wesleyan University 2008

BS Business Administration, Southern Wesleyan University 2010


Honors and Awards:

2010 Board of Trustees Award of Staff Excellence

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Research Program Managers


Courtney Fine

I graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in English. My academic interests include data analysis, coding, and the brain-gut connection. Outside of the lab, my interests include running, writing, and drawing.

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Courtney Fine

Jeremy Shields

In 2018 I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Basic Medical Science from Wayne State University. And I am currently tackling a second bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering at Clemson University. In addition to my years working in the preclinical research industry and academics, I have launched two biotech startup companies based on university technology. My research and business background allows me to pursue truly innovative investigations that advance medical research. My personal interests include photography, adventure racing/triathlons, "biohacking", and construction technology.

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Jeremy Shields

Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Mary Brock

Mary Brock, M.J.M., is the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the PACT and ENACT studies at Clemson’s IEA. Mary was the Executive Director of Seniors in Service, a non-profit organization serving Northern Nevada. Mary has experience in community outreach and collaboration, grant administration, volunteer management and serving vulnerable populations. Mary has a master’s degree in Justice Management for the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. Mary grew up in Clemson, is an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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Mary Brock

Research Technologists

Anne Aycock 

Anne serves as a Research Associate for the PACT study at Clemson University's IEA.  She graduated from Clemson with a BA in Psychology and went on to complete her Masters + specialist level degree in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina.  Anne has worked as a School Psychologist in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.  She served as an administrator in a preschool setting and has dabbled in interior design.  Anne is married and has two daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on long walks with her dog and learning new things.


Anne Aycock

Chloe Bloom 

Chloe has a BA in Psychology, with emphases in Research and Religion, and is in the process of completing an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her personal interests include hiking, sci-if, and baking. 


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Ashley Lewis

Ashley graduated from the University of South Carolina- Columbia with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2018. Before joining Clemson's IEA, she worked as a research assistant for the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience at the USC School of Medicine. There, she assisted in conducting pre-clinical Schizophrenia and Sleep research as part of the  Pocivavsek Lab. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her partner and their two dogs.


Ashley Lewis

Jordan Solt

I graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in BioBehavioral Health and a minor in Biology. I spent much of my undergraduate time in genetics research and working as a teaching assistant for various science departments, as well as in IT for the Penn State library. My personal interests include working on my motorcycle, building computers, volunteering and numerous forms of art and performance!