Research Assistants

Sarah Alberti, B.S.

Sarah Alberti

Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience  and is currently project coordinator for the Risk Taking Study. Her research interests broadly include cognitive neuroscience, child and adolescent socioemotional development, identity formation, decision making, and psychopathology.

Ariel Carter-Rodriguez, M.S.

Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Ariel received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is currently a research assistant on the Risk Taking Study, and is interested in clinical psychology, particularly developmental psychopathology, anxiety disorders, and adolescence as a unique developmental period. She is also interested in the role empathy plays in the development and treatment of psychological disorders.

Ally Chiapuzio, B.S.

Ally Chiapuzio

Jesse Chiem, B.A.

Jesse Chiem

Jesse received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Portland, with minors in Neuroscience and Computer Science. He is in charge of developing software used by the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab, working with other members to provide efficient and effective programs for processing data. His research interests include cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology of addiction, and machine learning.

Darby Dyar, B.S.

Darby Dyar

Darby received her B.S. in Psychological Science from Purdue University. She is currently a research assistant working on the PARC study in collaboration with Dr. Suzanne Mitchell's Translational Neuroeconomics Lab. She is interested in clinical psychology, particularly risk taking and development of alcohol use disorders and addiction. Previously involved in research on intervention for alcohol-facilitated intimate partner violence, her research interests also include neuropsychological correlates of violence, aggression and psychopathy.

 

Alissa Ehlers, B.S.

Alissa Ehlers

Alissa graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology (Neurobiology option) from the University of Wisconsin. She will be working on the PARC study. Alissa's interests include behavioral neuroscience, functional neuroimaging (particularly resting state functional connectivity), psychopathology, and epigenetics.

Kristina Hernandez, M.A.

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the lab manager for the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab. Her interests include cognitive neuroscience, time perception, and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathology.

Ana Howard, B.S.

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Ana graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. Currently a research assistant working on the ABCD study. Research interests include developmental psychopathology, neurogenetics, and the role empathy plays in the diagnosis, progression, and treatment of mental disorders. 

Alicia Johnson, B.A.

Alicia Johnson
Alicia obtained her BA in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California. In the lab, she is a research assistant working on the N-CANDA study. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience, particularly social and embodied cognition.

Jessye Lavine, B.A.

Jessye Lavine

Jessye graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French. She is currently a research assistant working on the ABCD study. Her research interests include adolescent neurodevelopment, individuation, cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology.

Jessica Patching-Bunch, B.S.

Jessica Patching-Bunch

Jessica obtained her B.S in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience and Spanish language from Portland State University's Urban Honors College. She is currently working as a research assistant on the ABCD study. Jessica's research interests include intercultural relations, social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience and acculturation as a variable in functional connectivity.

Kalene Savage, B.S.

Kalene Savage

Kalene received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies from Portland State University. She is currently working as a research assistant on the N-CANDA study. Her research interests include nutritional neuroscience, neuropsychological assessment, and developmental psychopathology.

Ellie Sceeles, B.S.

Ellie Sceeles

Ellie graduated from PSU with her B.S. in Psychology. She works in the lab as a research assistant on the ABCD study. In addition to substance use, her research interests include studying anhedonia, mood disorders, and the components of personality.

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan will graduate from Western Illinois University with a M.S. in General/Experimental Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the N-CANDA study. His interests include clinical/health psychology, integrative health care, and personality.

Darya Veach, M.S.

Darya Veach
Darya received her M.S. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2000. She is currently a project coordinator for the ABCD study. Her research interests include the social and neurological development of children and adolescents, the formation of self concept, and the effect of social relationships on decision making processes, particularly with regard to peer influence and substance use.