Current Staff

I am a RA in the Fair lab, where my current projects are focused on functional connectivity of the aging adolescent & mature adult brain in ADHD and typically developing populations.  I use MatLab, FSL, FreeSurfer, Fidle & Caret, to analyze the functional and structural images in my research. I graduated from Penn State, where I studied General Science with a focus on medical imaging. I'm currently taking prerequisites for my future application to nursing school.


Michaela_BWMichaela Cordova, B.A.

I'm an RA and study coordinator with the Fair Lab; I complete MRI visits as well as neuropsychological testing for the Autism study. I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Portland State University. After college, I became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I) in the state of Oregon and worked with dual-diagnosis individuals as a lead counselor, as well as a residential facility administrator. I began volunteering with the Fair Lab in 2011 while still working as a CADC, and joined as a full-time staff member in 2014. I plan on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an interest in mental illnesses, gender discrepancies and differences in diagnostics and treatment, as well as minority populations (LGBTQ, Latino.)


Damion Demeter, M.A.Damion Demeter

I have been with the Fair Neuroimaging Lab since 2013 (originally as a volunteer and since early 2014 as a full-time research assistant). My current research project explores the effect of stimulant medication on resting state functional connectivity (rs-fcMRI) in the adolescent brain within the ADHD population. My duties in the lab include conducting MRI scans for the ADHD and ASD visits, upkeep and maintenance of the lab's image processing pipelines, the creation of various lab GUI's (using Python and QT4), and various other "coding focused" projects as needed. I completed my BFA in Film (Production/Editing) at Chapman University in CA, my MA in Counseling Psychology at Pacific University in OR, and plan to pursue a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in the near future.

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Bio PhotoEric Earl, B.S.

I am a Senior Research Assistant in the Fair Lab.  My role in the lab has been two-fold: developing new software to simplify image processing and supporting the wide variety of software in use now.  I completed my BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Portland, Oregon, in 2006.  I developed my love for research in two different OHSU departments (Biomedical Engineering '06-'09 and the Advanced Imaging Research Center '09-'12) prior to settling down in the Fair Lab in April of 2013. 


I am Research Associate in the Fair lab where my current project is adding high-density (256 channel) EEG source localization methods to the lab's research methodologies.  I hold BS degrees in Biology and Engineering & Applied Science, and a PhD in Engineering Science (Bioinformation Systems), all from Caltech. I plan to continue refining our EEG toolbox including our ability to record EEG and fMRI simultaneously, and lead the effort to apply these tools to further our understanding of ASD and ADHD.



I am a Project Coordinator in the Fair Lab and I am responsible for coordinating the Autism and Adult ADHD studies. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Leipzig, Germany and the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig. I also graduated from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany, where I studied Psychology.


I am a Senior Research Associate and licensed Psychologist in the Fair Lab. I do cognitive and neuropsychological testing as well as specialized testing for the diagnosis of autism (ADOS-2) with children. I also do assessment for a CSLU study following infants and toddlers who are siblings of children with autism. Previously I worked on a study of expressive and receptive prosody in children with a diagnosis of autism and/or developmental language disorder. I completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at Purdue University (Developmental emphasis), a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Developmental Psychology at Wayne State University, and a clinical re-specialization at Pacific University.

Lisa Karstens, Ph.D.Lisa Karstens, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU. I received a PhD in chemistry at Princeton University in 2010 and a Masters in Biomedical Informatics at OHSU in 2013. My research interests are in integrating information from biomedical big data (for example neuroimaging and DNA sequencing) to better understand complicated human disease. My focus is on identifying alternate underlying etiologies of overactive bladder syndrome such as the central etiology (through the use of functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI) and microbial etiology (through the use of 16S DNA sequencing).


Kiryl Shada, M.S.Kiryl Shada

I am a 4th year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Pacific University who works part time as a research assistant in the Fair lab; I complete neuropsychological testing and other assessment visits with parents and children with and without ADHD and Autism.  My current research interests are emotion and language tasks, executive functioning, and diversity in research.  My undergraduate work was in Psychology at Pace University and I plan to specialize in neuropsychological assessment with children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders.


Alexandra Weston, B.S.

Before joining the Fair lab in March 2015, I worked as a web engineer in the Portland area. I received my B.S. in computer science at the University of Oregon in 2013, with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I got my first taste of research while working with the Guillemin lab at U.O. on bioinformatics projects, and had longed to get back into research ever since. At the Fair lab, I assist with MRI scans, help maintain our data pipelines, process MRI data and work on various computing projects. One of my long-term goals is to help the Fair lab perfect and package our in-house software so that it can be shared with the open source community.

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