Graduate Students

Gabriela Alarcón, B.A.


Gaby graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California with a degree in Neuroscience in 2009.  After taking two years off to conduct research at the National Institute of Mental Health, she enrolled in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU where she is now a second year graduate student. Gaby is interested in understanding sex differences in healthy and at-risk adolescent neurodevelopment and how emergent differences may confer risk for psychopathology.  

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Scott Jones, B.S.

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Scott graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 2012 with degrees in Biology and Psychology. Scott spent a year working as an alcohol/drug technician at a rehabilitation center in Topeka, Kansas before moving to Oregon and enrolling in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. Scott is interested in understanding the differences in neurodevelopment in healthy and binge-drinking adolescents and whether these differences are pre-existing or related to alcohol intake.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Gaby Alvarez, M.S.

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Gaby received her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2011. She is currently a third year graduate student in Clinical Neuropsychology at Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology, where she is working towards her Master's Degree and will continue on to work for her Doctoral Degree. Gaby's clinical and research interests include pediatric neuropsychology and developmental disability, cross-cultural assessment and treatment, and social-emotional correlates of cognitive functioning.

Sunny Andersen, Ed.S.

Sunny Andersen

Sunny received her B.A. in Business Management and her Ed.S. in School Psychology from George Fox University and is currently working toward a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric Neuropsychology. As a lab assistant for the NCANDA, At Risk and Sex Differences studies, she hopes to gain continued knowledge in cognitive, neurodevelopment, and neuropsychological assessment with the child and adolescent population.

Kelly Morgan, M.S.

Kelly Morgan

Kelly received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Before attending graduate school at Pacific University, she worked as a research assistant at CU in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, studying abusive substances and the CNS inflammatory response. She is currently working toward a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychological assessment.

Amanda Wagner, M.A.

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After graduating with a B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University in 2007, Amanda worked as a research assistant at the Center for Behavioral Teratology investigating the neuropsychological underpinnings of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She has since received her M.A. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she is currently enrolled in her 5th year of graduate school and is working on completion of her doctoral dissertation. Amanda's research and clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, developmental disorders, and acquired brain injury in pediatric populations.