I began my career as a researcher under Frances Brodsky at UCSF, having already worked in both a government health laboratory during college and a biotech industrial startup afterward. I pivoted to work as adjunct faculty or instructor in college chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology. My second pivot was an even wider one, to community-based, volunteer-led positions in elementary education and music education. These teaching opportunities and community volunteer projects proved that there is more than one way for a scientist to make a positive impact. Science needs people who see projects from various perspectives, and who build teams with diverse views. Many of us who love science need practical support to flourish- funding, resources, time. My position in Stanford University School of Medicine helps make that happen, coordinating clinical research in psychiatry. I also have begun teaching at UC Berkeley Extension once again, beginning fall 2021.

Current Role at Stanford

Clinical Research Coordinator in training: recruitment, telephone prescreening, research binder, scheduling, RedCap, OnCore for non-cancer trials,, CTRU coordination, IRB communication and eProtocol, and OFWeb / P-card reimbursement. Preparing for CRO certificate.

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2003)
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, Chemistry (1993)


  • IRB Protocol #58926, Stanford University (June 2021 - Present)

    Complement Immune Response in Patients with Schizophrenia


    Stanford, California

  • IRB Protocol #48527, Stanford University (8/23/2021 - Present)

    Impact of a Ketogenic Diet on Metabolic and Psychiatric Health in Patients With Schizophrenia or Bipolar Illness


    Stanford, California

Professional Interests

Dr. Wakeham has a sustained interest in cutting-edge research in psychiatry, particularly with autism and schizophrenia, where she works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for ongoing clinical trials.

In addition, Dr. Wakeham enjoys teaching college level chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology.

Her laboratory research has focused on improving health outcomes in environmental chemistry, cancer therapeutics, and basic biochemistry protein structure-function.