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.

Shannon Carter, M.S.

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Shannon Carter is a clinical doctoral candidate at Pacific University who conducts neuropsychological assessments for the lab and also works as a therapist at Reed College.  In her research, she is interested in documenting the social-emotional development of the adolescent brain, integrating theoretical models with their biological substrates in attempt to elucidate the neurobiological underpinnings of our social brain networks.

Kimberly Painter, M.S.

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Kimberly received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in 2012. Kimberly is currently working towards her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University. Her clinical interests include pediatric neuropsychology and developmental disabilities. Kimberly's research interests include the possible impact of obesity and its behavioral and social correlates on neuropsychological functioning in the developing brain.