Lab Alumni

Renee Barnett, B.S.

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Renee recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her intended focus for graduate school includes child psychopathology and neuroimaging. In the lab she assists with MRI scans, data processing, and research projects. Her current project is looking at testosterone levels in females and how they relate to reward processing. Renee also works in Joel Nigg's ADHD lab as a research assistant.

Samantha Bellinger, M.S.

Samantha received her M.S. in clinical psychology from Pacific University and is currently working toward her PsyD. In the lab, she conducts neuropsychological assessments for the NCANDA and At-Risk studies. She is interested in working with children, adolescents, and families in both therapy and assessment settings.

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.

Kaitlyn Casimo, B.A.

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Kaitlyn graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, in 2013 with a degree in neuroscience. In her time at the lab, she assisted with data processing and analysis. She is now in graduate school at the University of Washington program in neurobiology and behavior.

Alexandria Cook, B.A.


Alexandria graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in psychology. In her time at the lab, Alexandria worked as a volunteer research assistant. She assisted with data processing and entry, and worked as a scan assist for the Risk Taking study. Alexandria is currently bringing parents and professionals together to support individuals with complex communication needs as a the research assistant on the Communication Matrix project at OHSU.

Maria Dragulin, B.A.

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Maria graduated from Portland State in 2012 with her B.A. in psychology. Maria volunteered as a scan assist for the N-CANDA study at OHSU. She is interested in applying for graduate programs related to neuroscience or neuropsychology and hopes research will be an integral part of her future career. Maria is interested in studying the effects of pharmaceuticals on adolescent brain development.

Alison Gemperle, M.S.

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Alison received her MS in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Sussex. She is interested in cognitive and neurological development, particularly in decision-making processes and attention control during adolescence. Alison is currently pursuing a degree in school counseling at Lewis and Clark.

Devin Hoover

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Devin is an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College and began his involvement at DBIL through a school-sponsored summer internship program. He worked extensively on imaging preprocessing for a number of lab projects before concluding his volunteering to study abroad.

Karen Hudson, B.A.

Karen Hudson

Karen graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College with a B.A. in psychology and served as a project coordinator in the lab for the Risk Taking study from 2011-2014. She is currently a Research Associate in the Translational Research of Adolescent Change (TRAC) Lab at OHSU.

Kristin Maple, B.S.

Kristin Maple

Kristin is currently a graduate student in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After graduating from Gonzaga University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Psychology, she worked as a research assistant in DBIL from March 2012-July 2013. Her research interests include behavioral genetics, neurogenetics, substance use, and brain development.

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.

Jennifer Peraza, M.A.

Jennifer Peraza, MA

Jenny Peraza completed her BA in Psychology with honors at Scripps College and MA in Counseling Psychology at Pacific University. She is a student in the doctoral program for clinical psychology at Pacific University on the neuropsychology track, and is currently on internship. Her research interests include executive functioning, human diversity, and risk and protective factors for neuropsychological and psycho-social outcome.

Julie Pirkle, B.A.

Julie Pirkle graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in rhetoric & media studies. She is a research assistant working on the ABCD project, after working as a volunteer on the At-Risk project from 2013-2015. Her research interests include neuropsychological development in youth, and more specifically, how technology/new media impact adolescent development. She hopes to continue work in brain imaging, and to pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology.

Rebecca Sacks, B.A.

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Rebecca is a Masters of Public Health student in the School of Medicine at OHSU. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Music in June 2010. She is currently completing an internship project in the lab looking at fMRI differences during reward anticipation between adolescents who emerge early into alcohol use and those who do not. Her research interests lie in environmental and neurobiological risk factors for the development of depression and alcohol and substance use disorders.

Elizabeth Sosa, M.A.

Elizabeth Sosa

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2008. After taking two years off to conduct research at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, she enrolled in the School of Professional Psychology's doctoral program at Pacific University, where she is now on internship. Elizabeth's clinical and research areas of interest include: neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, multicultural assessment, complex trauma, and military psychology.

Madison L. Stroup, B.A.

Madison L. Stroup, B.A.
Madison received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Portland in 2010 and was a project coordinator in the lab. Her research interests include identifying the mechanisms underlying disruptions in cognition and emotion processing in youth with psychopathology. She is currently attending the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University.

Jill Waldman, M.S.

Jill received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado in Spanish and Business Administration in 2000. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2006. Jill is currently on internship while enrolled in her doctoral program at Pacific University. She is working towards a Psy.D., with an emphasis in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Jill's research interests include hormones and neuropsychological functioning in the developing brain.