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 a research assistant on the ABCD study. Her research interests broadly include cognitive neuroscience, child and adolescent socioemotional development, identity formation, decision making, and psychopathology.

Colin Boehnlein, B.S.

Colin Boehnlein

Colin received his B.S. in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California, with minors in Architecture and Natural Science. He is currently working as a research assistant on the N-CANDA and Risk Taking studies. He is interested in the effects of physical & social environments and substance use on adolescent decision making and development.

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. Previously involved in drug addiction research at WSU Vancouver, he is currently one of the lab's research assistants. In addition to neuropharmacology, his research interests include cognitive neuroscience, neuroinformatics, and machine learning.

Kristina Hernandez, M.A.

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina graduated from Ball State University with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the Sex Differences study. Her interests include cognitive neuroscience, time perception, and neuropsychological assessment.

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.

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. 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.

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 ABCD study. Her research interests include nutritional neuroscience, neuropsychological assessment, and developmental psychopathology.

Hannah Stein, B.A.

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Hannah graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the Risk Taking study. Her research interests include the study of adolescent neurodevelopment and the mechanisms underlying the onset of psychopathology.

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 N-CANDA 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.