Lab Alumni

Alexandria Cook, B.A.

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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.

Alexi Shean, B.A.

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Alexi Shean is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College (LC). At LC she graduated in 3 years with a major in chemistry while being pre-med. She was also a member of the varsity Women's Track and Field Team earning all-conference honors for her 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the Northwest Conference track meet in 2014 and 2015. Alexi is also actively involved with Special Olympics as an assistant volleyball coach. She is currently attending the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences.

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.

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.  

Devin Hoover

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Devin attended 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.

Elizabeth Sosa, M.A.

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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. Elizabeth's clinical and research areas of interest include: neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, multicultural assessment, complex trauma, and military psychology.

Gabriela Alarcón, Ph.D.

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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 earned her Ph.D. 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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Gaby Alvarez

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Gaby received her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2011. She is earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology. Gaby's clinical and research interests include pediatric neuropsychology and developmental disability, cross-cultural assessment and treatment, and social-emotional correlates of cognitive functioning.  

Hannah Stein, B.A.

Hannah Stein

Hannah graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time in the lab, she was the project coordinator for the Risk Taking study. Her research interests include the study of adolescent neurodevelopment and the mechanisms underlying the onset of psychopathology.  

Jennifer Peraza, M.A.

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

Jill Waldman, M.S.

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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. She earned her Psy.D. from Pacific University, with an emphasis in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Jill's research interests include hormones and neuropsychological functioning in the developing brain.

Julie Pirkle, B.A.

Julie Pirkle

Julie Pirkle graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in rhetoric & media studies. Julie spent her time in the lab as a research assistant working on the ABCD project, after working as a volunteer on the Risk Tasking 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.  

Julius Laxamana

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Julius earned a B.S. in Psychology with pre-med emphasis from Portland State University. His time in the lab was spent working on the NCANDA and Risk Taking studies. He is very interested in the study of depression and the psychology of mental illnesses, and hopes to go to OHSU for medical school to pursue a degree in Psychiatry.

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.

Karen Hudson, B.A.

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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.


Kelly Morgan, Ph.D.

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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. 

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.

Kristin Maple, B.S.

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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.

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.

Michael Demidenko, B.S.

Michael graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a BS in Psychology & Minor in Conflict Resolution. He was a volunteer research assistant in the lab working on fMRI data pre-processing. He is now enrolled in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program at University of Michigan. When he is not doing research, you can find him on hiking trails, armed with a camera and KIND Bars.

Michael Miller, B.S.

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Michael completed a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Community Health Education at Portland State University. He volunteered with the NCANDA and Risk Taking studies. After the discovery and successful removal of a tumor in his cerebellum in December of 2014, Michael's focus on health equity, neuroscience outreach, and the interaction between people and their physical surroundings has been strengthened. He intends to pursue these passions in a future graduate program. 

Neva Hauser, B.A.

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Neva graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2012 with a BA in psychology. She volunteered with the NCANDA and Risk Taking Studies. Neva is particularly interested in neuropsychological development as well as substance abuse and hopes to gain research experience in Dr. Nagel's lab to eventually apply towards graduate school.    

Nikolaus Koren

Nikolaus studied Psychology at Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria. His time in the lab was spent with the Risk Taking and NCANDA projects. In addition to adolescent neurodevelopment, his broader interests include behavioral and social neuropsychology.

Rebecca Sandoval, B.S.

Rebecca graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and worked as a research assistant for the ABCD study. Her research interests include cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and mental health.

Renee Barnett, B.S.

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Renee 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 assisted with MRI scans, data processing, and research projects. One of her projects focused on testosterone levels in females and how they relate to reward processing. Renee also worked in Joel Nigg's ADHD lab as a research assistant.

Rebecca Sacks, B.A.

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Rebecca joined the lab as part of an internship project as 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. Her internship project focused on 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.

Sahil Chawla

Sahil attended University of Washington in order to complete a major in Physiology. He volunteered with the Risk Taking and NCANDA research projects at the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab. He is particularly interested in looking at the effects of athletic injuries on the body's physiology and he regularly volunteers in the physical therapy department at the University of Washington Medical Center. He is striving towards attending medical school with a focus in sports medicine.

Samantha Bellinger, M.S.

Samantha Bellinger

Samantha received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University. In the lab, she conducts neuropsychological assessments for the NCANDA and Risk Taking 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.

Sunny Andersen, Ed.S.

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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, Risk Taking, and Sex Differences studies, she hopes to gain continued knowledge in cognitive, neurodevelopment, and neuropsychological assessment with the child and adolescent population. 

Madison L. Stroup, B.A.

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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.